I grew up washing all my clothing and other laundry by hand. We got our basins (yes that's what we called them), got our water and soap mixed just right with a tip or so of bleach and a brush to scrub hard pants. We washed all clothing and bedding and curtains by hand.
We rinse all by hand just the same.
Then we took pride hanging out fresh and sparkling white laundry on clothes lines in our yards. And if we need more space, we borrow the neighbor's yard!
We pray it wouldn't rain while our laundry dried, or we'd have to rush to get them half dry and then hang them inside.
If it's a great sun shiny day and it all goes well for a couple hours and everything gets dried by the SUN, it's a pleasure to go get them off the line.
Your laundry smells absolutely wonderful! You just wrap your face in it all and inhale.
We always ensure to wash hands and face before going to get the laundry :) Or the adults ensure to tell the kids thus.
When I came to America, I wondered why it seem such a stigma or 'redneck' to have a clothing line in your yard and hang your clothing outside.
I'd choose sunlight over electrical heat for drying my laundry any day!
And to learn that some places ban this practice is even more mind boggling!
Where is the commonsense? What about all the saving energy talk? Haha gotcha!
Sunlight is free.....so far. You know some politician is going to find a way to tax it soon! But I digress.
I remember when we first bought our home. I asked for a line outside to hang laundry. Dh wasn't on board....really....
I still do not have my line. I'm not sure he gets it. And then again, we do live in Louisiana.
I still would love to have my clothesline. Especially this beauty from Gaiam.
As a teen I'd hide my underwear under another piece of clothing on the clothes line. And when you hang, everything is color coded and paired.
All pants together, all shirts, socks etc.
And if you are completely OCD, then it's low to high and / or high to low!
Saturday was always wash day. Everyone was washing. You plan when to wash and where you would wash. I always had my tree set up. Shade was a big priority, but you often see women scrubbing away like mad in the hot beating sun! Cancer? What you talking 'bout Willis?!
I miss seeing all those lines and lines of clothing blowing in the wind and perfect hot sun. These are reasons to visit my country again and again.
I can see so many benefits of using sunshine to dry laundry.
And one day I will have my line.
Would you use a clothing line?
Have you ever hung laundry outdoors on lines?
Sun or dryer - which would you choose?
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure