Hanging Laundry Out on the Clothesline: Farm Life

I have line-dried our cloth baby diapers for nearly 5 years (as soon as one was potty trained we had another). But I have never had a large enough line for all our clothes.

When we bought the farm, the previous owners had hung a wire clothes line from the power pole to a tree. It works just fine, although we need to tighten it up a bit.

I am a laundry perfectionist- I loathe dingy clothes that don’t smell fresh. I LOVE fresh laundry, so I was worried about moving to another house with a water descaler. But, I did a little googling and realized, after 2.5 years of having a softener, I’ve been doing it all wrong! You can use less detergent and get cleaner clothes with a water softener! Whew, was I excited to read that. By the way, if you’ve not got a water softener of your own, then you may want to take a look at some WSE water softener reviews, as one of these could completely change the way you look at doing your laundry. That is the place to look for water softeners for in the home, but obviously hotels and laundrettes and similar businesses can also suffer at the hands of hard water. They don’t have to though, as you can find industrial water softeners here. These are aimed at water treatment on a more industrial scale.

Anyway, I thought I would give the clothesline a try today after washing my first load of clothes at the farm.


I am now on my third load today, and can probably get in a fourth!

HOLY COW!!! Have you smelled freshly line dried clothes before? They are crisp, clean, and BRIGHT!

For the soft water, I used half a lid of gain detergent on an Xlarge load, with two rinses. They smell so delicious I want to roll around in the laundry basket (ok, take that mental image out of your head). But in all seriousness- this is forever how I will dry our laundry in warm, dry weather! Hubby and I have talked about it and will probably put in two lines on the side of the house where there is no shade or tiny people running around. 🙂

Do you use a clothes line?

Also, do you use a water softener? I think if I’m honest, part of this lovely washing has to be down to me using the water softener properly for the first time, haha. If you don’t have one, I’d recommend you read reviews on sites similar to https://allgreatappliances.com/best-water-softener-system/ to find the one that would suit you best!

Let me know what you think guys!

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