Thread Number: 75681  /  Tag: Other Home Products or Autos
Does anyone still use a clothesline?
[Down to Last]'s exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items
Post# 995061   5/24/2018 at 09:04 by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

dermacie's profile picture
I had to remove mine two years ago and I have been thinking about setting up a new one outside this year. I have one inside in the laundry room that I use for shirts that I put in the dryer for a little while.

Do any of you still use a clothesline?

Post# 995062 , Reply# 1   5/24/2018 at 09:09 by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

scoots's profile picture
I was using a clothes line up to 9 years ago when I moved. There are a pair of steel "T" frames in the back yard of the new house and I've already purchased laundry line to thread between them.

Frankly, I miss the smell and stiffness of towels dried in the sun - also line-dried bedding. Since I kept all my line accoutrements (cloths pins, pin bag, laundry tray on wheels), it should just take me a few minutes to get back into the swing of it.

Post# 995063 , Reply# 2   5/24/2018 at 09:15 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

foraloysius's profile picture
I have a drying rack that I use on my covered balcony. Mainly duvet covers and poloshirts that first get "ironed" in the dryer for a while. My new dryer has a special shirts cycle for that purpose.

Post# 995064 , Reply# 3   5/24/2018 at 09:18 by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
I have one.....

philcobendixduo's profile picture
.....of these and LOVE it - allows me to hang out 3-4 loads of washing in a small space. Very well made - in Latvia! Brabantia is the brand name. It even comes with a cover to keep it clean when folded.

  View Full Size
Post# 995065 , Reply# 4   5/24/2018 at 09:52 by DavidBlazor (Astoria Oregon)        
On my covered patio I have one

I use the clothesline in the summertime for the bedding. According to the rules of the park where we live we are not supposed to have one but a few neighbors and I have one. I use it to help lower the power bill so I can save for the winter months. I can put out 3 loads in a day and it is all dry by evening.


Post# 995066 , Reply# 5   5/24/2018 at 09:54 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

Wooden drying rack in the garage, where my machines resides. For drying delicates.

Post# 995067 , Reply# 6   5/24/2018 at 10:02 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

wayupnorth's profile picture
I have 2 pulley lines and have 2 loads drying on them right now.

Post# 995068 , Reply# 7   5/24/2018 at 10:02 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
these are an Australian institution.

Just about everybody here has one. People who own a dryer tend to use it occasionally, for a few urgent items, not a whole load. I live in a very rainy area (it is rainforest...) but don't own a dryer.

we have 3 methods to dry:

1. an outdoor clothes line, image below.
2. 5 lines strung up in our greenhouse - still gives reasonable drying in damp weather.
3. clothes horses in the house, for final drying off.

The "Hills Hoist" was invented in Australia, and was manufactured not far from where I grew up. They have a crank handle so you can lower it to hang up the clothes, then wind them up higher to catch the breeze and get the clothes out of reach of mischievous dogs. they rotate in the breeze so all the clothes dry more evenly.

the photo below is the same as mine, but isn't mine.


  View Full Size
Post# 995083 , Reply# 8   5/24/2018 at 13:20 by liamy1 (-)        
I have...

Exactly what Philcobendixduo has, a Brabantia ďLift-O-MaticĒ as theyíre known here. I also have a smaller one at other end of Garden.

Here in the U.K., line drying was never not a thing, even though in Northern England/Scotland it seems to do nothing but rain!! so line drying days are limited (good news, today is lovely).

Our energy prices are some of the highest in the world (calculated off US dollars for you guys, we are the 3rd highest only coming behind Italy and Germany) so its costly to run a dryer (my $275 a month energy bill confirms this).

I REALLY should use my line more, but itís so damn convenient to use a dryer, especially as I live in the wettest region in the U.K.

Post# 995084 , Reply# 9   5/24/2018 at 13:28 by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

When I moved into the house 10 years ago I had two steel poles made and have 4 lines. I don't dry everything outside but drying my sheets outside is an absolute must. When I was growing up we hung everything outside (even though we had a dryer) except in extremely bad weather. My Mother thought it was a waste of electricity to run the dryer when the sun was shining. How times have changed.


Post# 995085 , Reply# 10   5/24/2018 at 13:29 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

rp2813's profile picture

I have a vintage retractable clothes line that I use almost daily (as conditions permit) for bed linens and sometimes for shirts and shorts.   I like the ability to make it disappear when entertaining outdoors or on days when the gardener comes.  New versions of this type of clothes line are available, but the cords they use aren't as thick as the vintage ones.

Post# 995086 , Reply# 11   5/24/2018 at 13:53 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Nearly Daily,*

mickeyd's profile picture
For most of my adult life, sometimes even at least the sheets in winter because of the smell. With practice and experience, you'll come to appreciate differences in textile textures produced by wind, sun, humidity. For example, a warm, windy, humid day makes the towels dryer-like; calm hot days make the white T-shirts starched and pressed.

For Easy Assembly: screw in hooks and green wire line from Valu, takes only minutes. The green wire is less vista-obstrusive than thick white rope, and you can leave it up.

* since retiring; before the, as the spirit moved me.

  View Full Size
Post# 995087 , Reply# 12   5/24/2018 at 14:06 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Duh! before "THAT" ;'D

mickeyd's profile picture
Classic "Mundee Warshday," from the other day. My car mechanic's load: now, he's hooked, can't believe the finish and the scent. When you make a cool pile of the clothes as they come off the line--already organized and so easy to fold-- all long and flat, it looks impressive enough to wrap in brown butcher paper and pretend you're running a laundry.

  View Full Size
Post# 995089 , Reply# 13   5/24/2018 at 14:37 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

twintubdexter's profile picture

It's comforting to know people still value their clotheslines, sort of like people canning fruits and vegetables or making their own jam. My mom had a huge line and hung up everything even though she had a very early Apex dryer (you had to light the pilot every time you used it, not with a match but with an automotive spark plug). And mickeyd...if I had a view like that I'd be hanging stuff on the line all the time. Very nice!


PS...Clotheslines are verboten where I live but what the HOA can't see won't hurt them. Even a thick king comforter dries fast when it's 120+ degrees outside. 

Post# 995091 , Reply# 14   5/24/2018 at 15:09 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Hi Derek!! Yes, I have a clothesline that I use every week. There's no shortage of hot sunny weather in south central Texas. I feel guilty using the dryer when the temps are 100 degrees. Clothes dry faster outside than they do using the dryer, March through Oct. I cut our electric bill by a solid 1/3 every month doing so, been doing this for 18 years. Have saved thousands of dollars in that amount of time, they paid for themselves the first month. I had a collapsible clothesline that kept falling so I found a local mom & pop hardware store that carried real clothesline poles, they weren't easy to find, even back then. Love, love the smell of freshly dried clothes, and don't mind the stiffness of the towels and jeans at all, in fact I prefer them....I know they're clean. Dark clothes I hang on clothes hangers and often hangg them up in the house to dry to keep from fading. Feel fortunate that I'm able to use them, it would be a different story if we lived in a cold climate. Need to install some new lines though, they can start sagging after a couple of years and need tightening. Also think hanging the clothes outside is very effective in dissipating any strong smell from detergents, more so than using a dryer, they just smell clean.

Clotheslines.....ALWAYS use them.


Post# 995093 , Reply# 15   5/24/2018 at 15:15 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

wayupnorth's profile picture
I just got those 2 loads off the lines and the black flies want to lug you away. You always move fast outside Mothers Day until Fathers Day and then the mosquitoes start, but thankfully only at dusk and dawn.

Post# 995096 , Reply# 16   5/24/2018 at 15:42 by Michael (London /England)        
I still use one

I have a Brabantia wall mounted four side washing line that I fitted to the chimney on my flat roof.That way, the washing isn't dangling in my postage stamp size London garden but is blowing merrily on the second floor!

Post# 995105 , Reply# 17   5/24/2018 at 16:48 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

iheartmaytag's profile picture
I dry well into the winter months, and even then on better days.

I especially do my bedding on the line. I prefer the fresh smell of line drying, and the ability to "Air Out" the comforters and sheets.

My dress shirts do very well on the line, with fewer wrinkles and less fuss when placing on hangers.

I don't really like my towels on the line, but will dry them, but usually toss in the dryer for a few minutes when I bring them in to soften them up a bit.

Not to say, I don't still use my dryer. but short answer, Yes! I still line dry. I can't find the clothes line that my dad used to use when setting up lines for my mother. It was an aircraft coiled steel. What I have found that works Pretty well now is the nylon clothes line. I have to replace it about every two or so years, but it isn't that expensive.

What I do when stringing the nylon line/rope. I wet the line so that it stretches. Then string it up as taunt as I can pull it. When it dries it is very tight and my heavy items don't sag. I have turn buckles on the end that can still be used to tighten the line as it ages and stretches.

Remember: It's our right to dry.

Post# 995110 , Reply# 18   5/24/2018 at 18:27 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Newton guarding the wash

gansky1's profile picture
I use mine regularly - with no worries of pilfering by the neighbors with my ever diligent guard-Pug.

This was an especially windy day a few weeks ago - he hangs out there under the flapping laundry all day and usually won't come in until the wash does.

  View Full Size
Post# 995115 , Reply# 19   5/24/2018 at 19:17 by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

Yes, when I can. We have one of the umbrella style affairs, although a cheap one. We also have typical Michigan weather, and neighbors that wait until I've just finished hanging clothes to burn their garbage. Sure, the dryer is easier, but you just can't bottle that smell! Love the smell of line dried laundry!

Post# 995135 , Reply# 20   5/25/2018 at 01:06 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

lordkenmore's profile picture

In recent years, I've dried almost everything outside in summer, using a couple of clothes lines attached between the place I live and a shed. I've dried a fair amount in spring and fall, although spring and fall are less reliable. (It may only dry to "nearly dry", and need additional time hanging up inside.)


I like the outdoor scent like others here, and I even purposely use unscented detergent for at least some loads, such as sheets.


At one time, I dried year round, although in winter it was inside, using wood racks. At that time I'd dry outside simply by moving a wood rack outside. But air drying inside doesn't work well where I currently live.



Post# 995137 , Reply# 21   5/25/2018 at 01:55 by woollyaxolotl (Devon, United Kingdom)        
A subject I can give a view on at last!

woollyaxolotl's profile picture
Perfect as the subject of my first post. Hello everyone!

On this side of the pond, certainly in the warmer months, lines are still the norm as has been said elsewhere in the thread. I have one, even though I currently live in an apartment with only a small balcony. I seldom visit a friendís home without seeing a line full of laundry flapping in the breeze. Particularly as most of us currently have children or babies.

Iíd recommend one to anybody. My whites always shine from spring to autumn, stains I see discussed here in old posts (yellowing on sheets, nappies with bile stains) just melt away in very little sunlight. A hot day and a slower spin and nature does its best. Of course, I am aware of where I live and also have a dryer, but I much prefer drying outside. Even in winter, if itís clear out, it goes on the line.

Our relationship with dryers is an odd one. I think they occupy a very different position in the British psyche. They tend to almost be viewed as a slight indulgence or a guilty pleasure by some I think. Whether this relates to the cost of running the appliance or what I donít know. I use mine gladly when needed, but I do have a hanging airer in the hall as well, so I suppose even I view the dryer as a backup.

Coming here and learning how things differ elsewhere in the world has made me actually think about my own habits, which has been very interesting!

Thrilled to have got involved at last 😊

Post# 995138 , Reply# 22   5/25/2018 at 02:08 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

petek's profile picture
Yes.. we have a pulley style between the back deck just outside the laundyroom door stretching across the yard to a big Oak tree. Love it.

Post# 995139 , Reply# 23   5/25/2018 at 03:32 by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

arbilab's profile picture

Did, at every rent house that came with one.  Pop stuff in the dryer when it's 4/5ths dry, best of all worlds.  Soft, smells good, costs less.

Post# 995140 , Reply# 24   5/25/2018 at 03:37 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
I have the old conventional cast-iron clothes poles, with modern 'clothes rope' (thin plastic-covered steel wire) strung between them. I think this modern thin stuff is actually meant for re-stringing 'whirlies' (rotary airers).

I still have some of the old 'Hoselock Brand' (yes, they who made garden hoses snap-fit connectors!) storm clothes pegs, which do grip the thin clothesline well. However you cannot buy 'Hoselock' pegs anymore. Instead, there is a cheap Chinese copy - which sticks fast and breaks easily.

Post# 995141 , Reply# 25   5/25/2018 at 04:53 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

Hi Woollyaxolotyl


"a slight indulgence or a guilty pleasure" about sums up the Aussie attitude to dryers, too. I think it should be a crime to use a dryer on a sunny day.
It will be when I become benevolent dictator.

Post# 995144 , Reply# 26   5/25/2018 at 06:13 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

polkanut's profile picture

When we bought our house in 1998 it had a cheap umbrella type clothesline in the yard.  It worked great until a really strong gust of wind caught it one day and snapped the pole off at ground level.  


My late friend, Leroy, sold and installed cow stalls made by Freudenthal Mfg. and I asked him if he would pick up a clothesline for us sometime when he had to pick up parts from them.  He delivered it to us about 2 weeks later.  We've had it about 14 years now.  It is U-shaped, and can be easily moved around the yard.  Ours is 20 feet long with 7 lines.  They also come in 10ft - 12ft - 15ft versions.


The attached photo was taken 11/27/15.


  View Full Size
Post# 995154 , Reply# 27   5/25/2018 at 08:37 by woollyaxolotl (Devon, United Kingdom)        
On the subject of pegs...

woollyaxolotl's profile picture
Have you ever tried the pegs Iíve linked to, Rolls_rapide?

They are made in Italy on equipment which is now some 50 years old. Killer grip but not too bad for marks, never rust, fantastic. They are the only ones Iíve had that tolerate drying 3 floors up in an Atlantic wind! The vendor is lovely and she does so well out of them that she told me if the company ever ceased production, sheíd buy out the equipment and bring it over. Weíre about to move and will have a garden with a big rotary (not a Hills but maybe one day), so Iíll shortly be buying more.

Thanks for the welcome, gizmo. Sounds like British and Australian drying habits are very similar- but taken as a whole I expect Australians get a few more good drying days, although not necessarily where you are by the sound of it! I do find it often doesnít rain as much as you think it does when you need it to be dry.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO woollyaxolotl's LINK

Post# 995165 , Reply# 28   5/25/2018 at 13:35 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

ea56's profile picture
We have an umbrella type clothesline that we used to use whenever the weather was good. But I have very severe allergies and we have LOTS of pollen producing trees all around us. I found that my allergies were aggravated by hanging the laundry out and my Allergy doctor suggested that I stop hanging the laundry out. I did and my allergies got better, so no can do anymore.

But I do miss the smell of laundry hung outside. When I was a small child, before we got our first dryer in 1955 we had a large, unfinished basement and there were clothslines strung up that Mom used when the weather wasnít good enough for hanging the laundry outside.

And I can still see my Mom throwing area rugs over the clothes line outside when she did Spring cleaning and beating the rugs with a broom and the dust flying from them. I wonder if anyone beats rugs anymore?


Post# 995177 , Reply# 29   5/25/2018 at 15:53 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I don't currently have one, but my last one was of the retractable type. The reel was mounted on the back of the house, and I had a hook on a tree in the backyard. I won't be able to do this in the future unless I install a pole, as the tree fell last year.

Several of my older neighbors still use theirs when weather permits.

Post# 995186 , Reply# 30   5/25/2018 at 17:04 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

I had the classic 'T' bars with four lines strung between them back at the house. Used them quite often, especially with bedding. I'd often take a nap after putting line-dried sheets/pillowcases back on the bed. The wonderful scent couldn't be beaten by any fabric softener in the world.

Post# 995209 , Reply# 31   5/25/2018 at 20:13 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

iowabear's profile picture

Like many in the Midwest, I grew up with one.  I don't have one now but I have thought about it.  I have mulberry and walnut trees and a steep hill so it's not an ideal yard for one.

Post# 995213 , Reply# 32   5/25/2018 at 20:40 by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
I have not

had a truly suitable yard (garden) for one since we sold the house in 1996. Now that I live in a Senior's building-and do not have a terrace, deck, or balcony...Ö

We did have the umbrella type contraption though. I loved it, Ma was not much of a fan. She was willing to give up "clothesline fresh" for "push-button ease."
The Ohio Edison and East Ohio Gas bills had her name on them...Ö..


Post# 995220 , Reply# 33   5/25/2018 at 22:08 by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        

losangeles's profile picture
When I retired in 1998 from the USN and was looking for a house to buy, one of my must have items was a pole to pole clothes line. Our realtor delivered in spades. Got the clothesline and a in ground pool to cool off in after hanging a load of laundry. I have to agree with the above post, I love the line dried smell and the electric bill savings. I hang just about everything.

Post# 995222 , Reply# 34   5/25/2018 at 22:25 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

I still use a clothes line. I did a big wash in my ABC wringer the other day and hung it all out on the line. The sheets sure do smell good when hung outside.

Post# 995252 , Reply# 35   5/26/2018 at 11:05 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

petek's profile picture
Yesterdays wash on my pulley line . Does anyone else do this: When the clothes are dry and as I pull the clothes towards me on the pulley I have a cothes hanger in my hand at the ready.. I slip the clothes hangar into the shirt, while with the other hand remove the pegs. I can then carry all the shirts into the house already on their hangers and straight into the closet..

  View Full Size
Post# 995265 , Reply# 36   5/26/2018 at 13:19 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

fan-of-fans's profile picture
We have one of the square ones in the backyard (probably to the chagrin of the neighbors) lol. It mostly gets used for rugs and things, but sometimes if the weather is nice clothes go on it. Personally, I don't like how the clothes smell when they're on the line. To me they don't smell fresh, they actually get an odor.

Otherwise clothes go in the dryer, or hung on the shelf above the washer and dryer to air dry.

That clothes line did come in handy after hurricane Irma last summer. Our power was out for almost two weeks, and we were running out of clean clothes. We plugged the washer into the generator and then hung them on the clothesline. Made use of that hot dry sweltering weather following the storm.

Post# 995338 , Reply# 37   5/27/2018 at 12:53 by angus (Fairfield, CT.)        

I have always had a "pulley" line and use it all year. The only thing I use the dryer for are socks, underwear and towels. Anything else washable gets hung. All my friends mock me heedlessly for "acting like an Italian grandmother", but that's their problem, not mine. The only time I don't hang is for a few weeks from mid May to early June - the season of green dust, that nasty pollen that covers everything.

Post# 995388 , Reply# 38   5/27/2018 at 19:21 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
No, I've never seen those metal pegs before - but thanks for posting. (They look like instruments of torture!).

I was trying to remember what they reminded me of, then I realised... At the bottom of the page in that link you posted, is a photo of a battery and these pegs acting as 'crocodile clips'.

Post# 995392 , Reply# 39   5/27/2018 at 19:33 by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Rolls, thanks for pointing that out! I must order some.

Post# 995566 , Reply# 40   5/29/2018 at 17:09 by tdewael (Michigan)        

tdewael's profile picture
Oh, for sure. I hang out everything - weather permitting on my wonderful pulley system clothesline. Winter time I have a clothesline across the family room, and a rack over the heat vent. Everything will dry over night in winter.

Post# 995856 , Reply# 41   5/31/2018 at 23:42 by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

sudsmaster's profile picture
Bedsheets dry flatter with fewer wrinkles on an outdoor line. It also gives them a harder finish which is nice in bed.

When I moved in here I strung a double line from the side porch off the kitchen to a tall poll attached to the side of the garage - about 40 feet. I used vinyl coated 1/8"galvanized multi strand cable... over the years (20) the coating has cracked and come off in places, but so far no rust to stain the fabrics. At some point I'll replace the line, but it takes about 100 feet and is kind of a chore.

The line is far enough above ground that if sheets wrap around the lines and I can't free them (happened yesterday when it was windy), I have to get a step ladder to free everything up. Usually just playing with the lines frees the sheets, though, and they only get wrapped up on very windy days.

Post# 995868 , Reply# 42   6/1/2018 at 03:40 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

askolover's profile picture

Mother still uses hers.  I don't have one here.  For one, I sleep in daytime and the laundry would surely get rained on.  For two, since Tony got hurt he couldn't carry the clothes basket down the deck stairs to the back yard to hang them up or get them in.  I miss the smell of clothes dried on the line though, especially towels and sheets.  I found these clothes pegs on made of recycled agricultural splinters.

Grandma's Pegs Clothespins

Post# 995965 , Reply# 43   6/2/2018 at 03:08 by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

sudsmaster's profile picture
Forgot to mention: if you are planning a pulley equipped double clothesline sysem (the kind you can reel in from a porch or window), look for Wright Aluminum Company, Toronto, Canada pulleys. They are cast aluminum with no sharp edges.

When I first started my double pulley system 20 years ago, I got some Made in USA steel pulleys. Big mistake. They had sharp edges that easily could cut off a finger. The Wright ones don't have that issue.

Post# 995975 , Reply# 44   6/2/2018 at 09:17 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Do or did any of our UK members use the drying rack that was located near the kitchen ceiling above or near an AGA cooker? The clothes were attached to the rack and then it was raised to the ceiling where the heat from the cooker dried the clothes. Long ago, I was at an estate sale and got to talking with a woman from the UK who discussed this with me as we poured over stuff in the basement.

My parents were from the Mid-West and were used to basements so in inclement winter weather, that is where clothes were hung to dry and that was mom's excuse for years to not have a dryer, but permanent press clothing came out of the dryer not needing any ironing so the dryer was viewed more favorably, but we always had an outdoor clothesline.

Post# 995977 , Reply# 45   6/2/2018 at 10:08 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

dadoes's profile picture

No such at either of my houses.

We had a line at the 1964 house ... as I was told, grandpa built it before construction of the house was finished.† I got pretty quick at hanging.† Never cared for the stiffness of line-dried items.† Mom switched to using the dryer much more when she went to work after we kids reached jr high/freshman age.† Their current house (built in '72, we moved there in the early 80s) has a line but she doesn't use it much nowadays.

Post# 995980 , Reply# 46   6/2/2018 at 11:00 by woollyaxolotl (Devon, United Kingdom)        

woollyaxolotl's profile picture
Tomturbomatic, I think you speak of the Sheila Maid. Still commonplace here and growing in popularity of late. We have a large one over a stairwell that does the lionís share of our drying in bad weather. It pulls up out of sight and takes great advantage of rising warm air. Dries almost as fast as outdoors when the heating is running.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO woollyaxolotl's LINK

Post# 995991 , Reply# 47   6/2/2018 at 14:02 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        
A fan in the room:

Either a box fan, floor stand type or oscillating fan in the room where items are hung to dry will really speed things up when drying inside, considerably.

I had an old attic fan that was converted to a box fan. When I would dry items on an outdoor line I would direct that fan towards the line and the items would be dry in no time.

Post# 995993 , Reply# 48   6/2/2018 at 14:21 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Oh Wow! How neat. I have never seen one, just heard about them. Thank you for the link so that I could see the picture.

Post# 995997 , Reply# 49   6/2/2018 at 15:07 by woollyaxolotl (Devon, United Kingdom)        

woollyaxolotl's profile picture
No problem! If you have a high ceiling they are a really good way to wring value out of otherwise wasted space and heat. I love mine. Wouldnít be without it. The US vendor seems to be taking a hefty cut though. Ouch!

Post# 996000 , Reply# 50   6/2/2018 at 15:26 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

launderess's profile picture
Concept of drying laundry by suspension from various devices hung on ceilings goes back ages.

In large estates or laundries all over Europe systems of large poles were suspended from stationary racks hung on ceilings.

Sheila Maid, Clothesmaid and other brand names are just various versions of the Victorian, Edwardian or Lancaster racks and pulley systems that came out around middle to late 1800's.

These pulley clothes racks grew in popularity along with the rise of the middle class of Victorian GB. All those new terraced houses and so forth built for the middle class had to have some way for laundry to get done. So besides the copper you had these ceiling clothes racks.

Besides taking advantage of fact hot air rises (so air at ceiling was warmer than lower down), these suspended contraptions allowed wash to be dried indoors when weather didn't permit it being done outside. Thus giving Her Indoors a bit more control over her wash days. Hanging the wash up and out of the way got rid of the various drying racks/clothes horses that would be scattered around a house or in front of a fire/AGA type range.

In great estates or laundries a small coal or whatever fueled stove would provide heat in a room that through convection air currents helped dry things. It also dealt with the dampness that not only came with climate, but from drying things indoors to some extent.

In the new middle class homes the various AGA type ranges (which were always fired up) provided heat, which is why the pulley racks were always located in kitchens. This provided several downsides.

One, thanks to poor extraction of wringers/mangles it often meant dealing with wash dripping from ceiling onto things and those below until it dried sufficiently.

Two, often whatever was drying was scented by whatever was being cooked in kitchen. If it was kippers then you had fish scented washing. *LOL*

Between heat and damp from the coppers, wet laundry drying indoors, then steam from ironing as you can imagine many homes back then were not very pleasant on the several days it took to get washing done. All this piled onto naturally damp climate conditions.

Post# 996003 , Reply# 51   6/2/2018 at 15:32 by e2l-arry (LAKEWOOD COLORADO)        
Brabantia in Colorado too!

It works great! Even when use my wringer, which leaves about 25% more water in the clothes, they dry in our low humidity climate almost as fast as the dryer. I use it about 7 months of the year here. Plus the local utility company, Xcel Energy, jack our electric rates in the summer (June-September) so no point in using the electric dryer and adding heat to the house while trying to air condition that house at the same time. Counterproductive! But beware, the 1st one I bought was on line from Home Depot and it crumpled from the weight of wet clothes in only a few weeks. I bought the Brabantia through Amazon and it's performed flawlessly for 5 years now!

Post# 996013 , Reply# 52   6/2/2018 at 16:55 by woollyaxolotl (Devon, United Kingdom)        

woollyaxolotl's profile picture
Laundress- interestingly the problem of fish scented laundry may have been largely resolved with the advent of the Aga type range in the early 20th century, perhaps increasing the popularity of this drying method.

Heat store appliances are still occasionally seen here and are still available new, having gained cult status among the middle class over time. We will soon inherit one of the Rayburn series in our new (old) property. We may use it a bit when weíre feeling brave. Most people will have some experience with one, however limited. Particularly in rural areas where solid fuel remained popular for longer. They are often fitted into the same space as a Victorian range, but operate very differently

A quirk of the setup is that they lose heat precipitantly when the hot plate is uncovered for use, causing oven temperature to drop. One learns to apply the 80/20 rule to get past this- 80% oven, 20% hotplate. Most tasks such as frying and boiling are in fact performed on the floors of the roasting and simmering ovens respectively. The hotplate is reserved solely for getting things to boiling point and items requiring constant stirring like sauces.

The ovens vent to the flue, meaning anything cooking in them does so completely odourlessly. This seems a great advantage (particularly on wash day) until a cake hastily whipped up 3 days ago reveals itself as a charred husk when the oven is next opened. A kitchen timer is absolutely essential!

This post was last edited 06/02/2018 at 22:34
Post# 996050 , Reply# 53   6/3/2018 at 03:36 by iej (Ireland)        

When possibly, yes. I donít tumble dry shirts, t shirts or anything delicate and I spin everything at 1600. Iíve never really seen any difference between the outcome of spinning at full speed in the Miele vs lower speeds in terms of how the fabric looks afterwards. It just dries a lot faster.

I tumble dry items like jeans and towels socks and underwear and all of those items in a heat pump T1 dryer.

On days where I can easily dry outdoors, thatís my default approach. I donít see the point of wasting electricity. Itís not even about the price. Itís just a gross waste of resources for no good reason.

Even if the power is coming from increasingly renewable resources, I donít want to be causing some natural gas fired power plant somewhere to fire up because Iím too lazy to grab a few clothes pegs.

Also, itís usually gentler on the clothes and they tend to dry wrinkle free on the line and maintain their shape much better in a lot of cases.

On a good breezy day, as you frequently get here in Ireland, theyíll dry in very quick time too.

Post# 996070 , Reply# 54   6/3/2018 at 09:08 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Food scented laundry

rolls_rapide's profile picture
I think fried onion fragrance on washing is absolutely vile.

Tumble dryers are very handy machines, however I do think that they knock seven bells out of the laundry... half the load ends up on the lint filter. I have a couple of old T-shirts (tumble dried often) which have surprisingly remained pretty much intact around the collar, hems, sleeves, etc. The problem is the cotton has been reduced to glorified net-curtain material, by friction in the machine.

I am somewhat wary of the new eco dryers (heatpump), which run for a longer time. What do owners of heatpump dryers think?

Post# 996071 , Reply# 55   6/3/2018 at 09:21 by iej (Ireland)        

I find my Miele T1 exceptionally gentle.

Post# 996072 , Reply# 56   6/3/2018 at 09:33 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
Do you still end up with a pile of fluff on the filter?

Post# 998065 , Reply# 57   6/22/2018 at 19:37 by iej (Ireland)        

Relatively little fluff actually compared to previous dryers.

Post# 998338 , Reply# 58   6/25/2018 at 07:13 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
Thanks for that.

Post# 998344 , Reply# 59   6/25/2018 at 07:54 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Aga / Rayburn Pulley Airer

chestermikeuk's profile picture
Alive and well Tom with a few of our members here, unhook the rope load up and hoist high....amy grans all had them over the open coal fireplaces, Never smelt of fish ha ha..

  View Full Size
Post# 998345 , Reply# 60   6/25/2018 at 08:01 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Line Drying..

chestermikeuk's profile picture
And most of us have access to our lines, getting the towels ready for Wimbledon next week....

  View Full Size
Post# 998346 , Reply# 61   6/25/2018 at 08:03 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Line Drying

chestermikeuk's profile picture
Of course line drying opens up another notch on ya washing standards...."How White Are Your Whites" ??ÖÖÖ.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 4         View Full Size
Post# 998357 , Reply# 62   6/25/2018 at 10:34 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
If we had one,

I couldn't use it this month. The cottonwood's have been spewing their fuzzy pollen
like crazy, and I'm allergic. So I'd have to tumble air fluff and collect them in the dryer lint screen.
Also, I can clean my windows, especially facing the road, and in a week, they are dirty again, at least the out side sill ledges are. So I don't want all that dirt and dust from cars in my laundry. Maybe it's better further out in the country, but these densely populated suburban areas have so much car and truck traffic.

Post# 998366 , Reply# 63   6/25/2018 at 12:54 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

twintubdexter's profile picture

My family used to take rides on Sundays. Hated it but even though I was an expert at throwing tantrums I still had to go. When we'd pass by a line of clothes my Mom would say "look at that tattle-tale grey wash!"

Post# 998373 , Reply# 64   6/25/2018 at 14:07 by Electradeluxe (Blackpool, Lancs)        

My washing is out at every opportunity, I donít think you can beat jumping into bed after a shower with fresh line dried bed linen! Taking advantage of the good weather too at the moment so Iíve had a load out on the line today.


Post# 998391 , Reply# 65   6/25/2018 at 18:25 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

yogitunes's profile picture
always the rule of thumb with hanging clothes.....

hang the bottoms by their tops....

and top by your bottoms!

Post# 998400 , Reply# 66   6/25/2018 at 20:24 by jeb (Mansfield Ohiio)        
line drying

Have you heard this about if the clothes would dry in damp, cold weather ? "check the sidewalk, if it will dry the sidewalk it will dry the clothes". JEB

Post# 998498 , Reply# 67   6/27/2018 at 00:55 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
"Outdoor Fresh"

I can't help but notice that after washing my sheets and line drying them, they actually smell similar to Bounce Outdoor Fresh dryer sheets. I am only using Tide Simply in the wash. No softener. Just an interesting thought. My sheets feel and smell great after drying outside. I could sit and look at them float in the breeze all day. What a sight. I will be damned if they aren't as white as my neighbors. I am going to attempt to dry comforters outside if weather is permitting.

Post# 998541 , Reply# 68   6/27/2018 at 10:08 by GRWasher_expert (Athens)        

Here in Greece very few homes have dryers.It is pretty rare to find someone who owns a dryer.Most people line-dry their clothes.

Post# 998553 , Reply# 69   6/27/2018 at 11:24 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Not quite a line & you can prop an "arm" or Both w/

daveamkrayoguy's profile picture
A place where there is not a problem drying as there probably is with good, plentiful & a sufficient amount of water for washing...

Just go to my brother-in-law's in Israel...

-- Dave

  View Full Size
Post# 998558 , Reply# 70   6/27/2018 at 12:53 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

nmassman44's profile picture
I love using the clothesline as well...but since my neighbors installed 3 bird feeders, we seem to have a plethora of the flying vermin, aka pigeons, that love to poop every where and I do mean every where. So I just use my dryers on low humidity days when i can here.
I will say one thing since my neighbors installed the bird equivalent of McDonalds...the hawks in my area have taken notice and its interesting when one is in the area how the other birds react. I have even seen a hawk take out a few pigeons and squirrels aka rodents with good PR...

Post# 998989 , Reply# 71   7/1/2018 at 11:34 by Electradeluxe (Blackpool, Lancs)        
Beautiful day

My work uniform and a few other bits! Washed in Persil ultimate power caps and I think Iíve found my new favourite detergent

  View Full Size
Post# 999048 , Reply# 72   7/2/2018 at 05:54 by LaundrymanRob (Cincinnati)        

Here in Cincinnati I have 4 lines strung up between my house and garage (approx 100 ft) using cotton line rope. I have installled turnbuckles at each end to keep the tension on the lines. Between April - November there is almost always laundry hanging out! I love the fresh scent of my clothes dried outdoors. I also have a couple drying racks up by the patio for drying those ďunmentionablesĒ. 😎

Post# 999074 , Reply# 73   7/2/2018 at 13:08 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

foraloysius's profile picture
Mostly white poloshirts on the drying rack.

  View Full Size
Post# 999130 , Reply# 74   7/3/2018 at 02:31 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
And In the UK

vacbear58's profile picture
On Sunday, it was a teriific day for drying outdoors, these were dry in no time :)

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 2         View Full Size

Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

The Discuss-o-Mat has stopped, buzzer is sounding!!!
If you would like to reply to this thread please log-in...

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy