Friday, January 20, 2012

Clothes Lines

Remember back in the day when Grandma hung her clothes on the clothes line?  There was nothing like crawling into bed with freshly made sheets hung to dry outside.  The fresh air smell cannot be imitated, no matter how hard the fabric softener companies try.

The clothes that generally need ironing, didn't need much ironing if they were hung to dry outside.  The wind whistled through them enough to smooth out those fine wrinkles.

And remember the towels? Now, here is the toss up...if they are  hung to dry on a clothes line, they are bristly to the touch, not like coming out of a dryer, all tumbled and soft. But here's the news...if they were hung out, they acted like a sort of loofa and sloughed off all of that dry skin!


Grandma knew there were rules in drying clothes on a clothes line.  Rules that some of my readers haven't even thought of!

1. Dampen a cloth and wipe down the clothes line.  Heaven forbid you hang your clean clothes on a dusty line and get them soiled.
2. Wear a clothes pin apron or hang a clothes pin bag on the lines. You want easy access to clothes pins.
3. Hang socks by the toe, so as not to stretch out the elastic at the top of the sock.
4. Hang pants by the cut and be sure they are hung so they are creased. Bloused and shirts are hung by the bottom.
5. Never, ever hang clothe to dry on a clothes line on Sunday.  It shows no respect to the Sabbath.
6. Hang sheets and towels on the outer clothes lines, underwear on the middle lines.  Modesty is called for when hanging your "unmentionables" outside.
7. Hang colors together, whites, then colors, then darks.  Clothes pin your clothes to each other so you save on using clothes pins.  The exception is if you change colors of clothes.  You don't want to pin together a white sheet and a red sock.  The red might fade on the white.
8. Leaving clothes pins on the line when you take down your clothes is considered tacky..  When you must take down your clothes, remove your clothes pins.
9. Always take the clothes off the clothesline before dinner. If you leave them up too long, dew will settle on them and they will be damp.

Home economics books and ladies magazines had articles on clothes line do's and don'ts in the 1950's. It's hard to believe most homes did not have a clothes dryer.  They were considered unnecessary.  Why would one want to waste electricity when Mother Nature did the work for you?

Okay, all you "Greenies", how do you dry your clothes?

1 comment:

Tracey said...

This post brings back so many memories of Mom doing laundry in the yard. I would sit impatiently while awaiting my 'Snoopy' to dry in the sun. Thanks :)