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mykneesareback 07-15-2010 06:02 PM

OT:How Many of Us Hang Clothes Outside?
Do you still hang clothes outside, or did you quit doing it, never did it anyway, or do you live where it is "against the rules" ???

I do up here, and when we lived down in the bay area, suburbia, we had a clothes line too, but some places don't allow it. Where my brother lives, near Sacramento, they can't have the line where it can be seen from the street, there is a group that watches for things like that..............:confused:

What do you say??


birdlady 07-15-2010 06:46 PM

Gave that up years ago.What do you use to keep the clothes from being like a board?

mykneesareback 07-15-2010 06:56 PM

I hang them "loose" not so tight from one clothes pin to the other one, let the clothing or towel not be straight tight. Sometimes I go out and take down the towels before they are completely dry, that helps too, that is what my mother taught me anyway.

mizski 07-15-2010 08:25 PM

Don't have a clothesline anymore and don't really have a good spot for one here. I do have one of those folding clothes rack dryers that I use on the patio for scatter rugs and such.

The next door neighbor still hangs clothes out. My mom used to call it her "flag." It annoyed my mom that she did not hang her laundry out "properly." Properly means that you are supposed to hang your panties and bras in the middle with other clothes on the outer lines so the whole world doesn't see your drawers (or bloomers as my dad used to call them). :rofl:

It doesn't bother me but I think mom was right. It's one thing if you hang out cute little victoria secret type undies. Lines of large-sized white grannie panties aren't something I'd want the neighborhood to see. :hyst:

KrisA 07-15-2010 08:32 PM

I'd hang sheets and such out if I could find the clothes pins. Dang things up and disappeared on me during the winter.

You'd be proud of me. Before I had the washer and dryer installed here, I'd do wash in the Easy Spinner and hang everything out to dry with undies hung on the inside lines. :laugh: Giant white grannie panties....ugh. Didn't want to advertise those.


eloise 07-15-2010 08:35 PM

i love hanging the laundry. i only hang the towels out if there is a good breeze or they do get stiff. my clothes do not though.

mykneesareback 07-15-2010 08:39 PM

Oh yes, those "rules" about what hangs where, and you don't hang the men's undies right next to the women's undies, lol lol. That was why my brother's never had to hang out the wash, ha ha ha.

We used to have one of those wooden folding things too, placed in the bathtub, for drying in the winter. I wonder if they still make those things? Maybe that Vermont Country Store has them. The way the world is going, maybe they will be back in vogue at some point again.

I bought a brand new bag of wooden clothespins from a hardware store in that other town up here, the store was closing and they had them for $2, grabbed the last one. I think the ones they make now are plastic, but not sure, haven't looked.


shenue 07-16-2010 04:51 AM

We live in a condo now so I can't hang anything out. BUT I wouldn't, even if I could. Didn't do it over the years when I had my own individual homes either. I love the convenience of a dryer. Of course, now I couldn't do it anyway because of my disabilities, but I wouldn't even if I was able.

jezzie 07-16-2010 05:04 AM

I did years ago - used a washboard too back in the sixties.
There were clothes lines already in place. I was a SAH Mom.

I do feel guilty about that lack of green-ness on my part.
Can somewhat justify it by the electricity I would use if I had to iron.
If I didn't use the dryer ... I would definitely have to iron.

tatehouse 07-16-2010 06:29 AM

I did hang out clothes in the 60's. When I was 7ish months pregnant with my second daughter I tripped over my first daughter with a big basket of clothes and fell...scared my DH1 so much he went out and bought a dryer for me. Have not hung clothes out since. Wasn't hurt btw...but it scared everyone.

I use one of those wooden dryer racks for some clothes that can't go in the dryer. They still sell them...Target is where I got the last one.

ValR 07-16-2010 06:43 AM

:hiya: I hang out my clothes whenever possible with the exception of towels since they get crunchy.

I taught my boys (14 & 17) how to hang out laundry this summer and they do it while I'm at work. I don't know how much I save on electricity but it's amazing how quickly they dry if the conditions are right. We usually fold them before we put them in the basket and it speeds things up.

mykneesareback 07-16-2010 08:23 AM

I hang because it's summer, otherwise, I use the dryer............not worrying about whether it's a "green" thing or not at all. I just enjoy being out in the sunshine and so forth. :) Don't let the "green" fad get to you, Jezzie!!!

I'm going out to hang some stuff in 15 minutes in fact. My husband likes the stiff towels, reminds him of his youth in Germany, lol lol.


jezzie 07-16-2010 09:00 AM


Originally Posted by mykneesareback (Post 13697071)

Don't let the "green" fad get to you, Jezzie!!!

A funny thing about language ...

One person's 'fad' is another person's interest/concern. :laugh:

Liblady 07-16-2010 11:16 AM

I hang clothes outside . I love being outside and love the smell of the clothes after bringing them in.
I have a wooden folding thing for "underwear" etc. in the house.
Use a dryer when the weather is bad.

mamagiff 07-16-2010 11:44 AM

I hang sheets, pillowcases and blankets out but nothing else....I have one line from the tree to the house and I can do the sheets and pillowcases from one bed at a time on it...it's more for hanging pool towels than anything else...a lot of the people around here on farms hang all their stuff out....

mykneesareback 07-16-2010 03:09 PM

The fresh smell is indeed wonderful.

Who still uses regular Tide detergent?? :)


Liblady 07-16-2010 03:19 PM

I use the cheapest I can find...............usually Walmart brand.
I also use only cold water.

SuSUN 07-16-2010 04:53 PM

I hang out some items, towels until partially dry, sheets, pillow slips, tee shirts, etc... yes, I love the smell and the ripple effect saves the enviro, also some dollars with the dryer.;) After 9p.m. is off-peak time so a little saving there if you can wait that long to dry off some items.
I also have an indoor maiden that I hang and dry other smaller items on too.

Good question Doris.:cool:

mykneesareback 07-16-2010 05:03 PM

That's interesting that 9 pm is your "off peak" time Susan, here it's 7 pm. But some folks say that our county isn't even large enough for those rules to apply anyway. Just as the garbage company doesn't make us divide up the garbage, it is all taken to Nevada............but in the cities, they do have all kinds of special containers with dividers for cans, 5 kinds of paper, bottles and so forth.

We just do cold water here too Ginny. I usually buy Gain on sale at Wal Mart, it does last a long time though. We have well water here with alot of iron in it, so most detergents don't work well. It was easier when we lived in the city, and had softer water.


SuSUN 07-16-2010 05:13 PM

After 5pm it is mid-peak but from noon to 5p.m. is on peak. It is mid-peak from 7a.m. till noon. So after 9p.m. to 7a.m. is the off-peak. I have only just started watching for that sometimes I just cannot wait till off peak times. I have put the dishwasher on after 9p.m. a couple of times.
Yes, I always used Tide but last year I bought some Sunlight in huge containers so have lots of that left. I also have some Gain that I got on sale stored in the basement. I use cold water washes too.
I use spray starch on tee shirts sometimes they don't need ironing after they dry off. I iron a few items still not as many as we used to in the past.

LoveMontana 07-16-2010 08:14 PM

Severe allergies dictate the need to use a dryer and not a clothesline.

Too many pollens out there for me.

jezzie 07-17-2010 03:34 AM


Originally Posted by mykneesareback (Post 13698566)

Who still uses regular Tide detergent?? :)

Original scent Gain for me Doris. Love the smell. :love:

jezzie 07-17-2010 03:40 AM


but in the cities, they do have all kinds of special containers with dividers for cans,
5 kinds of paper, bottles and so forth.

In my medium sized town (30,000 or so) we have a recyclable bin.
All recyclables go in one bin and I guess Royal Carting separates it. :dunno:
Cans, glass, #1 and #2 plastics, newsprint (not the shiny inserts though).

They could be doing more - but many do less.

LoveMontana 07-17-2010 06:46 AM


Who still uses regular Tide detergent??
Liquid Tide, original scent.
Fabric softener only in clothes , not sheets and towels. I like the crispness of those.

Recyclable things go into a blue plastic bin that is taken by the garbage crew on garbage day. That goes into a truck with separate compartments for glass, cans, paper, cardboard.

mizski 07-17-2010 06:56 AM

I love original Tide but it's hard to find. I also use Arm & Hammer free, Cheer for darks (for dark clothes in the fall/winter) and I like Wisk Citrus Clean for kitchen/dish towels. I only use liquid as I find it dissolves better in cold water. :)

SuSUN 07-17-2010 07:26 AM

We have separate coloured boxes up here too. Green for organic waste, blue box for plastics, glass and such, black box for cardboard, papers, brown paper bags for garden clippings leaves twigs and such and then the real garbage can which happens to be grey, spare one is black. :stars: :D

tatehouse 07-17-2010 08:54 AM

Our little town has just started a state mandated recycling program...I have not gotten my bin as yet...my dd has gotten hers. So no recycling for me yet. But I will.
Every other place I have lived have great recycling programs.

I use Liquid Tide and change fragrances occassionally. Mainly use the one with Frebreez.

mykneesareback 07-17-2010 09:09 AM

My Mom used to use that liquid blue Wisk on those white shirt collars, like the commercials used to show, "ring around the collar", back when some women really did show their laundry to their neighbor lady, ha ha.

Our garbage company finds it cheaper to just pay the state the fine every year, rather than come up with the money to buy more trucks, specialized trucks, and so on. Our county has a population of around 26,000 people in it though.


modon69478 07-17-2010 10:42 AM

Just chiming in -

As a very young child I remember hanging wash on a line - it was pretty scary since we lived in an apartment building. If a piece of laundry fell, you'd have to go down 5 flights of stairs (and then back up) to retrieve it.

Have not hung any laundry outside since.

As far as laundry detergent goes - I use Tide - fragrance free - I've used it since last year when I developed a weird skin condition that looked liked shingles. It's finally almost all gone, a year later :dunno:

mamagiff 07-17-2010 01:56 PM

I use Tide fragrance free because youngest DS had/has eczema and we had to use fragrance free everything....he has not lived here in 10 years but old habits die hard! We have well water, too...

And I've got sheets on the line right now....the bedding for the guest room had to go in the dryer because I don't have room on the line for 2 sets at once and I was gone most of today...my sheets went on the line!

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