9 Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on the Clothesline

9 Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on the Clothesline

The following post is from Emily of Live Renewed:

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source: Emily McClements

One of my favorite green things to do when the weather warms up is to hang my laundry out on the line to dry. Clothes dryers are one of the biggest users of energy in our homes. We can help to protect the environment and save both energy and money by skipping the dryer and hanging our clothes out to dry instead.

I love the way that line dried laundry smells so fresh and clean, and line drying is more gentle on clothing and can help it look nicer and last longer, as the heat from the dryer actually breaks down the fabric. That is where the lint comes from.

Over the past few years of hanging our laundry out on the line, I’ve learned some tips that help it work best for me, and will hopefully help you get started with hanging our your laundry. Depending on the amount of space, as well as the type of clothesline you have, these tips can help you to maximize the amount of laundry you can hang up. Better yet, they will help your lined dried clothes to come off the line looking their best.

1. Shake your clothes to help remove wrinkles.

When you hang your  clothes on the line they can come off virtually wrinkle free if you give them a good, strong shake before you hang them up.

9 Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on the Clothesline at lifeyourway.net
source: Emily McClements

2. Hang clothes upside down to help avoid clothespins marks.

You can hang your shirts upside down by the hem to help avoid that tell-tale clothespin pinch marked and stretched out look at the shoulders. Also, hanging your pants upside helps to remove wrinkles and may be easier than trying to pin a thick waist band onto the line.

3. Hang clothes inside out to help avoid fading.

If your line is in direct sun, you may want to consider hanging you clothes inside out to avoid fading from the sun over time.

9 Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on the Clothesline at lifeyourway.net
source: Emily McClements

4. Hang clothes in the sun to help remove stains.

On the other hand, if you have clothing with stubborn stains, or whites that are looking dingy, you can hang them out in the bright sun which will help to remove the stains and make your whites look bright again.

5. Throw clothes in the dryer on air fluff to help remove stiffness.

If you are worried about your clothes feeling stiff when coming off the line, you can always throw them in the dryer for a few minutes on air-fluff, with no heat, to soften them up. I find that if clothes are a little stiff at first when you put them on, that they will soften up as you wear them.

9 Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on the Clothesline at lifeyourway.net
source: Emily McClements

6. Overlap the edges of clothes to help maximize your space, and use fewer clothespins.

If you’re tight on space on your clothesline, or don’t have enough clothespins, you can overlap the edges of the items, using just one clothespins for the edge of two items. Clothes make take a tiny bit longer to dry this way, but I haven’t found it to be a significant problem.

7. Use hangers to hang some items to maximize space, and save time.

For items that will go on hangers in your closet anyway, and won’t get the funny stretched out marks from the hangers, you can space space and time by hanging them on hangers. Then, when their dry you can transfer them right into your closet.

9 Tips for Hanging Out Laundry on the Clothesline at lifeyourway.net
source: Emily McClements

8. Hang onesies upside down by their snaps.

If you have a baby that wears onesies, you can also save clothespins by hanging the onesies upside down on the line by their snaps.

Using those three tricks I can hang a full load of laundry on our single clothesline.

9. Unmentionables can be hidden behind other clothes.

Finally, if you’re worried about hanging underwear and similar types of items out on your clothesline, you can always hang them up behind other items of clothing to hide them. Or if you have a clothes drying rack, you can put them on there, where they will be less noticeable to the neighbors than up on line.

If you’re looking for other green laundry tips be sure to check out these other posts:

Do you hang your laundry out on the line? If so, what are your best tips for hanging out laundry?

Emily McClements strives to live with compassion and caring for creation in a way that will impact the world. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family’s journey toward natural and simple living at Live Renewed.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I inherited my clothes pins when my 96 year old Grandpa passed away. It is a safe bet these pins are older than I am! I use the pins to sun my cloth diapers but the pins are leaving brown marks on the diapers. I have washed and rinsed the pins but it is still happening. Any suggestions??

  2. Buy new pins.

  3. when hanging clothes on hangers outside, make sure to use 2 hangers (each with the hook facing the opposite direction) This will prevent the wind from blowing them off the line. Also do up the first button or secure the open area with a clothes pin to prevent it from falling off the hanger. And place a clothes pin before or after the clothing piece so you can maintain space between the drying clothes. I hope this proves useful.

  4. Very practical to me..thanks ya 🙂

  5. Boil them! It hardens them and keeps them from seeping! Just read it on another blog!

  6. I don’t even own a dryer. Don’t need one. I line-dry everything outdoors from as soon as it warms up enough in the Spring until it’s too cold in the Fall….then I hang everything in our back bedroom upstairs thru Winter.
    So many times people say towels dry stiff. Ours don’t. If you hang them by one end & on a day w/ a good breeze, towels will dry on a clothesline as soft as they do in a dryer.
    I have hung laundry outside for decades. I love how it makes it smell, love saving energy, love how it gets me outside where I notice nature, love how the sun sanitizes,deodorizes. Love how everything lasts lots longer. And I think neatly hung, clean laundry blowing in the breeze is a lovely sight. I don’t see one thing unsightly about it.
    I’m all for it!

  7. I have a small line between two trees, maybe 15 feet long. I hang virtually everything on hangers, so the clothes can all hang sideways. Towels and sheets are the exception. I fold those in half or quarters. I do them separately. Even underwear goes on hangers with clothespins and hung sideways. I can get two to three full loads of wash hung with this method on my short line. Plastic rounded hangers for shirts, hangers with clips, and other hanger designs on the market such as children’s hangers make hanging sideways a tremendous time and space saver. Tea towels, washcloths, socks, all get the hanger treatment. When taking them off, I just keep the clothespins, if any, on the hanger for next time, and keep all the hangers and pins at one end of the line.

  8. Thanks for this. I was wondering how to prevent that problem. Genius.

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