Line-Drying Laundry Problems Solved

There are lots of reasons to line dry clothes, but sometimes a single problem can make it seem like more of a hassle than it's worth. If your line-drying efforts have been plagued with problems, check out these simple solutions.

  • 01 of 10

    I Can't Line-Dry Clothes Because I'm Allergic to Pollen

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    Set up a clothesline in your laundry room, basement or garage. Use foldable drying racks wherever you have room inside, or hang clothes from your shower rod. If it's just one type of pollen that bothers you, wait for that pollen season to pass; then, hang your clothes outdoors.

  • 02 of 10

    Line-Drying Makes My Laundry Stiff

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    Line-drying doesn't have to mean settling for crunchy clothes. Just follow a few simple tips, and your laundry will come out soft and fluffy every time – even the towels.

  • 03 of 10

    I Don't Want My Clothes to Fade

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    Prevent fading by hanging your colored laundry inside out, in a shady spot or under a covered patio or carport. As long as there's a gentle breeze, ​your clothes will dry just as well in the shade. Still worried about your colored laundry? Then, dry your darks indoors, and hang just your whites outdoors. The sun will bleach away any stains, and help your whites to stay white longer.

  • 04 of 10

    My HOA or Town Doesn't Allow Clotheslines.

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    Set up drying racks in the backyard when you have a load to dry. Then, take them back inside when you're done, or stick to drying your laundry inside. ​A retractable indoor clothesline or drying rack will still get the job done.

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  • 05 of 10

    It Takes Longer to Line-Dry Clothes

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    Line-drying clothes is a mostly hands-off process. Spend 15 minutes (or less) hanging your clothes, and the sun will take it from there.

    Feel like you're really slow at hanging clothes? Once you do it a few times, you'll get much faster at it.

  • 06 of 10

    I Don't Want to Have to Rewash Clothes If Something Gets on Them While Drying

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    If you have a lot of birds in your yard, hang your clothes under a covered porch or carport, in your garage or in an outbuilding (a barn would work perfectly). If dust is a problem, avoid hanging clothes on especially windy days or close to the road. To prevent clothes from falling off the line, use enough clothespins to keep them firmly in place. Most items will require two, but heavier items may need more.

  • 07 of 10

    I Don't Want Clothespin Marks on My Clothes.

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    Learn how to hang clothes properly, and clothespin marks won't be a problem.

  • 08 of 10

    I Don't Want My Neighbors to See My Unmentionables on the Clothesline

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    Dry undies and bras indoors. Stick everything else on your outdoor clothesline. Or hide them on the inner lines.

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  • 09 of 10

    I Don't Have Room for a Clothesline

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    Install an umbrella clothesline, which can be folded up (and put away) when not in use, or get a retractable clothesline.

  • 10 of 10

    Still Wondering If Line-Drying Your Clothes is Worth It?

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    Using an electric dryer can cost you. Giving your dryer a break can lead to noticeable energy savings.