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.

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

    Clothes Drying Rack
    Clothes Drying Rack. Imgorthand/E+/Getty Images

    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.

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    Line-Drying Makes My Laundry Stiff.

    Girl Standing By Clothesline
    Girl Standing By Clothesline. PraxisPhotography/Moment Open/Getty Images

    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.

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    I Don't Want My Clothes to Fade

    Whites on Clothesline
    Whites on Clothesline. Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Cultura/Getty Images

    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.

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    My HOA or Town Doesn't Allow Clotheslines.

    Types of Drying Racks and Clotheslines
    Types of Drying Racks and Clotheslines. dumayne/Digital Vision Vectors/Getty Images

    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 12

    It Takes Longer to Line-Dry Clothes

    Woman Hanging Clothes on Line
    Woman Hanging Clothes on Line. Ariel Skelley/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

    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.

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

    Clothes Drying Under Roof
    Clothes Drying Under Roof. Westend61/Getty Images

    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.

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    I Don't Want to Worry That My Clothes Will Get Caught Out in the Rain.

    Vintage Linens Drying on Drying Rack
    Vintage Linens Drying on Drying Rack. Sony Farrell/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Only hang your clothes out on days when they aren't calling for rain, or stick to hanging your clothes under covered areas.

  • 08 of 12

    I Don't Want to Hang Out Clothes in Cold Weather.

    Girls Hanging Clothes on Drying Rack
    Girls Hanging Clothes on Drying Rack. Hero Images/Getty Images

    Hang your clothes outdoors when the weather is nice. Hang your clothes indoors, or use a clothes dryer when the weather turns cold. It's okay to be a part-time line-dryer.​

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  • 09 of 12

    I Don't Want Clothespin Marks on My Clothes.

    Hanging Clothes with Clothespins
    Hanging Clothes with Clothespins. Izabela Habur/E+/Getty Images

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

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

    Underwear on a Clothesline
    Underwear on a Clothesline. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank/Getty Images

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

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    I Don't Have Room for a Clothesline.

    Umbrella Clothesline
    Umbrella Clothesline. Liam Norris/Taxi/Getty Images

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

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

    Colorful Clothesline
    Colorful Clothesline. Andrew Holt/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

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