Where do you hang the bathroom rugs when you wash them?
Do you have a convenient, reachable, line near the washing machine? Do you have a clothes line outside?
You hate to waste energy, don’t you, by using your electric dryer for those heavy things … and for the blue jeans and chinos, right?
Some are devoted to the low-tech solar- and wind-energy drying method.
Why waste energy? Why throw out money?
When you go outside to hang out the clothes, you get a little fresh air, experience the weather, and watch the wind ruffle the leaves. Why not set up a clothes line?! Items smell good, very good. Don't have wrinkles. Last longer.
In winter, the moisture freezes, but then sublimates into the air. Granted your clothes may be stiff, like the flag on the moon, but as they warm up, they relax and can be folded and put away.
It is such a pleasure when your clothesline is set up in the right spot! Let HealthLink help you find that spot! Call us and we will send out a consultant to your home. Or email a photo to us and we will post it with your comments.
* * * Grandma's Rules * * *
1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes. Walk the length of each line with a damp cloth around the line.
2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order and always hang whites with whites and hang them first.
3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail. What would the neighbors think?
4. Washday was on Monday . . . never hang clothes on the weekend or Sunday for heaven's sake!
5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your unmentionables' in the middle.
6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather . . . clothes would 'freeze dry.'
7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes. Pins left on the line was 'tacky'.
8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
9. Clothes off the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket and ready to be ironed.
10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!!
The Neighborly Clothes Line
A clothes line was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
when clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.
For then you'd see the 'fancy sheets'
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the 'company table cloths'
With intricate design.
The line announced a baby's birth
To folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung.
So carefully with pride.
The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.
It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.
It said, 'Gone on vacation now'
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, 'We're back!' when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.
New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.
But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess.
I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!
.......Miss the fresh outdoor smell most!