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 nazi- 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 softener. (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.)

So, I thought I would give the clothesline a try today after waahing my first load ofcoothes 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?

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