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My New Clothesline

Submitted by on March 13, 2009 – 2:00 am 3 Comments
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Yay! My hubby finally got my new clothesline up! It may not look so great to you, but to me it’s a beautiful sight! (Don’t mind the scrap wood in the background 🙂 ) We just planted some more grass seed underneath it. Right now it’s pretty muddy, and any time I accidentally drop anything it goes straight into the red mud and has to be washed again. I have to be really careful!

Total cost: $4.24 for the line itself. We were fortunate to already have the lumber necessary. I can’t wait to get my cloth diapers out there to hang dry! I’m really going to try to line dry everything as much as I can. Even if you don’t have a very long line, there are still ways to fit a lot of clothes on a short line.

A little tip to remember, it’s a good idea to use fabric softener or else your clothes will come off the line feeling stiff. What I do is add 1/2 c. of white vinegar to the rinse cycle and this acts as a softener, without any smell.

For more money saving tips, check out my post “20 Ways To Save Money On Laundry“.

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  • Katie says:

    Last night my husband put up an Amish laundry line for me!( my anniversary gift!) Love it!! I like it alot because I am still close to the kids and don’t have to wonder far from the house to hang it! It is so exciting to not have to use the dryer! We haven’t used the dryer in a long time and if it rains then I just don’t do laundry that day. I don’t hang it out in the winter though I do have a small line in the house though. 🙂 Congrats on the laundry line!

  • Patty says:

    We have been hanging clothes for 2 decades. We don’t own a dryer.
    We invested in some good quality line from Lehmans this year and it was well worth it. I have 4 lines, each one is about 25 ft long. Which handled the laundry for a family of 6. Hanging clothes is always my time for noticing the birds, the leaves and flowers. The clouds and the wind. A nice peaceful time.

  • calina says:

    Congratulations! I love my clothesline! BTW, we don’t use any fabric softener. It lessens the life of your clothing, especially your towels. Yes they get stiff, but you get used to it and the towels actually dry you off.

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