A lot of you may already know, I love (yes love) doing laundry. And like a lot of other things, I like to do it old school; washing by hand and hang-drying my clothes on a line. I do my laundry this way year round, and have a fantastic line that my husband put up for me that runs all the way out to the barn. The problem is, we’ve been busy clearing old hay out of the barn and storing this year’s hay in its place. In the midst of all the work, my laundry line had to be taken down, temporarily. Instead of nagging Hubby endlessly to put it back up or relocate it, I decided it would be a lot easier on everyone if I just found some alternate ways to hang our clothes to dry.
When looking for alternate ways to line dry your clothes, you should start by thinking outside the line.
Line drying clothes is pretty easy with a line, but if you live somewhere without space to put one up, aren’t allowed to have one, or just need additional space, you may think you have no choice but to resort to the dryer. Fortunately, with a little outside the line thinking, you can find countless places to let your clothes dry in their own time. Places like hooks, fencing, vehicle mirrors, or even trees are all great options that are often overlooked.
Recently, I found some cattle panel that we weren’t using, leaned it up against the garage, and started using it to hang and pin our clothes. It may look a little silly, but it did the job just fine! And the fencing allowed the airflow to continue, letting the clothes dry just as fast as if they were on a line. And if it looks like my garage is leaning, that’s because it is! Yup, one more project on our list to take care of!
Hangers are great tools for drying your laundry.
The first thing I did when trying to find a place, other than a line, was to stop relying so much on the clothespin and make the hanger my new favorite friend. Hangers make things like shirts, dresses, and other garments much easier to hang when space is short. And you can put your clothes in areas that you wouldn’t be able to use with just a clothespin. We have a few vehicles on the property (some running, some not!), and I find that I can hang a couple shirts from each mirror, and they dry great! Just be careful if you’re hanging from a dirty vehicle; if the wind is blowing, your garment could become soiled.
Consider making a temporary line somewhere else, using baling twine or 550 cord.
I have a small space outside where I made a makeshift line from a piece of 550 cord I found laying around, unused. I simply strung it up between a couple poles outside, and I use it to dry small rags or socks. You can even make a small line inside your house, using my super simple instructions in this post.
Fencing is your friend when hang drying.
One of the best places for me to hang dry our clothes has been using fencing. In addition to leaning up a piece of fencing, as I mentioned above, it’s even easier to just go ahead and hang your clothes from fencing you already have installed. One of my favorite places to dry our clothes is on the fence in the above photo. It’s large, provides lots of hanging space, and there’s no animals inside that care enough to bother the clothes. Yup, that’s a rabbit in the background! This is the area we currently have them grazing, also referred to as rabbit jail.
Do you line dry your clothes? Have any tips for people looking for alternate ways to hang their laundry?