Drying Clothes on Clotheslines is Making a Comeback

Posted on 8 November 2015 under Uncategorized

When I was a kid I remember my mom doing the laundry in a washing machine that had a wringer to squeeze the excess water out of clothes. It was two rollers that pinched the clothes and squeezed them as they were wrung out. If you got too close feeding a towel or other piece of clothing through, your fingers would get wrung! It was dangerous enough that people would probably sue today if they were being sold here. Anyway, what I really liked was line dried clothes. I was wondering if the clotheslines my mom used were still being made, so I looked them up online.

Grandma had the long clothesline in the back yard that was between two upright metal posts in the shape of a “T.” Each side of the “T” had a line run. Mom had two umbrella style clotheslines that looked like an umbrella that got turned upward in the wind and had the fabric torn off. I can still see her using those every Tuesday, which was laundry day at our house. It was the day that her and dad worked a later shift, and both of them washed, dried and ironed our clothes for the next seven days. With having four kids, they probably could have used another one of those umbrella style clotheslines.

The summer sun dried the clothes and made them smell fresh. Towels would have a very slight stiffness to them that was removed when you unfolded them and gave them a shake. Shirts were crisp after they were ironed. Linens had that sunshine fresh smell and were so soft after you laid down for a minute or so. It was such a nice feeling to crawl into bed with fresh sheets that were just line dried that very day. In the winter, we had smaller versions of the clothesline fixtures in our basement and on our sun porch with the concrete floor. Sometimes mom would go to the laundromat to dry blankets and sheets in the winter. I wanted to be more eco-friendly, so I discovered those clothes hanging contraptions were still being made. Now I have two in our back yard.

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