Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tell Me How Am I Supposed To Live Without You??

My dryer is on the "fritz" and since I am trying to hold off on replacing it, I am hanging my clothes out on the line more often.  I absolutely LOVE to hang clothes is such a peaceful task to do.  It's just me and the clothes and the repetitive motion of clipping and hanging them.

I grew up in a household where my Mother, who grew up on a farm, felt that the old ways were better then the newer ones.  She said that the dryer was a luxury, not a necessity, and that hanging up clothes saved our family money.  I never quite understood how something as simple as having "Mother Nature" dry your clothes could save you $$, but I "went along with her program" and didn't complain.

*I should also mention that we used this type of washer to wash all of our clothes...yep, that's right...I grew up doing laundry with an old-fashioned wringer washer.  I'm just that good!!  LOL  ;)

Anyway, back to the dryer:

Since I've been married (19+ years now), I've had a dryer but have continued to hang clothes outside, mostly during the spring/summer.  In the winter, I hang items in my laundry room to dry, for example, shirts and pants on hangers, small towels on a clip hanger, but for larger items, like towels, sheets, etc., I have to use the dryer due to not having enough space to hang them.

Now that nicer weather is coming (it is supposed to be around 58 degrees today), I am most likely going to hang everything that I can on my "solar dryer." 

I use this to hang socks and hand towels:
And, this is what I hang the rest of the items on

I hope that all of you have a Good Wednesday!  I'm going outside, now, to hang out my laundry!  :)



  1. I washed curtains and hung them outside today.

  2. I remember the wringer washer diapers wrapped around the wringer,If it does, an article of the wash may
    wrap several times around a roller before it is noticed; unwinding such a
    piece is often difficult, sometimes impossible without removing a roller . And I ruined a couple of shirts,
    Its you're already happened?

  3. Ane, when an article of clothing would start to get tangled up, there was a "Push to Release" lever, on the wringer head, that we could push and it would loosen the wringer. Then, we could just untangle the clothing. We very rarely ruined anything. Mom was extremely cautious about the wringer. She had grown up hearing stories, from her Mother, about people getting their fingers caught in them, or getting their hair caught.

    She had many little "tricks of the trade" that she taught us girls when it came to putting articles of clothing through the wringer.

    Maybe not all wringer washers have that lever. Some of the early models might not have had them.

    Also, we didn't have to adjust the rollers for larger items, like blankets, to fit through the rolls; all of that was automatic in our washer (we had a later model wringer washer, so the rollers were mounted in spring mechanisms that moved automatically to adjust to the thickness of the item being wrung). Early wringers had a manual adjustment, most familiar was a hand screw on top of the wringer head.

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  5. I remember our family hanging clothes on the clothesline when I was younger. I see photographs of people hanging laundry, and it seems so peaceful. Did you enjoy your hanging? 8^)