I’m going to share a simple trick I do each time I wash. I hang my clothes to dry. It makes it easy for me to do this because I’m already hanging them in my closet. I just leave out the drying in the dryer step. My clothing is less wrinkled than they would be if sitting in a basket (because I was too lazy to hang them anyway).
There is an art to drying your clothes although it is simple. The fabric type will determine how you will dry. Hanging my clothes to dry whether outside or inside has been something I have done for years. I long to have a clothes line outside or a clothing umbrella. Especially for my whites. Airing out your bedding on a sunny day is just awesome. I love the smell and the crispness of the sheets when you hang them out.
Your sweaters or any item that would lose its shape by hanging should be placed on a drying rack. There are so many options available. I purchased this one from Amazon and I love it. It is also stackable.
T-shirts are a personal choice as to whether you dry them or not. I prefer not to. I find they shrink a little every single time I wash them, so I hang them to dry. The unfortunate problem is wrinkling. I like a nicely ironed t-shirt (although, I can’t say I iron them every time). There is nothing as simple or understated as a simple basic t-shirt.
Back to the outdoor clothes line. I’m thinking along the line of a retractable clothes line. One that can be stretched across the yard when in use, then zip it away when you are done. I can still hang my clothes on their hangers, but give them an additional dose of freshness by hanging them outside. I’m really going to look into this.
Living at home as a kid, my mom used to hang out all of her clothes to dry. Even in the winter. She had an old ringer washer that was amazing. Still to this day, my mom said the ringer washer was the best at getting her clothing clean. I remember seeing it in the corner of the kitchen. After hanging her clothing out to dry, she would gather them up, bring them in the house fold the ones that needed to be folded, then iron what needed to be ironed. Now, something about my mom – she was a neat freak. She ironed everything. Sheets, undergarments, everything. She had an old 7-up bottle with some topper you put on it. You would put water in the bottle and sprinkle the water as a pre-ironing treatment. As she pulled each garment out, she would sprinkle more water and iron away. She made her own starch for shirts and other clothing that required that special treatment of crispness. Fond memories.
So, whether you have an outdoor line or an indoor line. Or maybe just your closet. Try hanging your clothing to dry. It will extend the life of your items and ironing them will just make you feel all gushy. Wait, is that just me? Hehe!
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