Blog Archive

Monday, March 26, 2012

hanging laundry again!

Last week was absolutely beautiful!  We had weather in the 80's most of the week, and the sun was shining.  We spent quite a bit of time outside, and it was wonderful.  It got me ready for the end of winter.  Even though our winter hasn't been as cold and snowy as winters past, I am ready for the cold to be gone.  With the return of HOT weather, we started (we meaning I) hanging the laundry outside again.  I didn't turn on my dryer once last week.

Granted, I wasn't doing all of my laundry on one day.  I ended up doing two loads of laundry pretty much every day.  Yes, I do a lot of laundry.  I am not entirely sure why that is.  I think mainly because we don't have paper in our house, so we use rags in the kitchen, cloth napkins, cloth toilet paper, cloth diapers.  A lot of cloth that needs to be washed about every two days.  It was really nice though, to go outside early in the morning and hang the laundry out, and then see it hanging out there throughout the day.  Having my kids playing hide and seek between the clothes was extremely cute (if I do say so myself).

I want to continue to hang the laundry outside now that it is technically spring.  I'm not entirely sure how that will go though.  This week we are back to the low 40's for temps...I am not looking forward to that.  I think that one load of laundry, especially heavy cloth diapers (pre-folds for those wondering) will end up taking the entire day to dry, or possibly longer.  When that happens, there is such a draw to run the dryer.  But, I am starting to feel like we are wasting electricity by using the dryer when the outside would work just fine.

I hope over the next month to see how much my electricity would go down if I always hang my laundry.  I think it will be kind of difficult to gauge because I am sure that I will cave and use the dryer when I need something dried quickly, but it would be nice to see a change in the electricity bill.  I have been thinking about electricity a lot lately.  It is something that we definitely take for granted.   I am hoping that hanging my laundry regularly will help me lessen my dependence on electricity, and the benefit of a lower bill would be nice :-)

Do you put your laundry out in the summer?  All year round?  I would love to hear your experiences when it is cold out!  Or would you rather not see clotheslines in your neighborhood?

I'm linking up at the Barn Hop and Your Green Resource!

11 comments:

  1. I have a clotheline and love it. I did not use it this winter, but now that it is spring I plan on using it throughout the summer and fall. I would use it in the winter also, but it gets awfully muddy out there in the winter.

    On the electricity thing-About three months ago I began to make a concentrated effort to cut down on our bill. I really just started turning out lights more and not running the air unless absolutely necessary. I live in AL so it is hot here a lot. Our bill is averaged out and I just found out it went from $179 a month to $155. I thought that was awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is great on the electricity usage! I am hopeful that ours will go down. Since my hubby started working from home it has gone up quite a bit - too much electrical equipment going at once! We save on gas, but I think all that extra money went to the electricity :-)

      Delete
    2. I love that it's getting warm enough to hang laundry again and I want to lower my electric bill too. But I know what you mean about the "draw" to use the dryer! With have 6 children (and cloth diaper the youngest)it seems I need to do at least 2 loads a day and some times 3 or 4 in order to stay ahead. So my goal this summer is to hang HALF of the laundry. So if I have 2 loads of wash I will hang 1 load, etc. Hopefully this will keep me from feeling overwhelmed. :-)

      Delete
    3. That's a great idea! I always seem to go all or nothing, never in the middle. Perhaps I wouldn't get so discouraged if I made better goals for myself :-)

      Delete
  2. About the chick food-we bought six chicks and bought a 25 lb bag of chick starter from our feed store. I think it was around $7. It should last them until they are big enough to start eating big chicken pellets. We might have to buy one more bag if we decide to keep them separate from the big chicks for a little longer than usual. We have some big hens and we don't know how they will respond to the little ones.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I wish we could. The pollen is so bad this year, though, that I think if I hung laundry outside, I'd just have to wash it again when I brought it in.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hadn't really thought about the pollen, but it is something I probably should think about since often I go out to a car covered in it!

      Delete
  4. I don't have an outdoor clothesline. I have a clothese rack that during the winter I keep in the parlor where the pellet stove is. I hang our shirts on it. Then I hang other clothing on the doorway going into parlor or on shower curtain rod in the main bathroom. I lay our jeans, sheets and blankets out across the stairway banister. Most everything else (towels, underwear, and socks) get dried in the dryer. Where I live not only the pollen would get on laundry outdoors but so would flying dust from our gravel roads. :( So I do the best I can.

    Found your site through the Barn Hop. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If we ever get a wood stove, I will definitely be putting a line or something close to it so that we can dry clothes in the winter as well. Our winter is about 6 months long...if not longer, so that would definitely help! And I hadn't thought about the pollen before, but you are right, a lot of pollen would make hanging laundry outside pretty difficult!

      Delete
  5. There is nothing as wonderful as the smell/feel of line-dried clothes! Thanks for bringing back happy childhood memories of lying on my back under the clothesline and staring up at the sky while flapping sheets interrupted my view :-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have a "contraband" clotheline strung in the backyard. My HOA doesn't allow clothesline but what they can't see won't hurt them! I live in the desert Southwest and can pretty much hang my clothes all year. I tend not to in the middle of summer though....standing in the sun when it's 117 degrees just makes me grumpy!

    ReplyDelete