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Drying Clothes without electricity

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Ganado, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    This site makes me laugh. It tracks cities that don't allow clothes lines.

    Clothesline Bans Void in 19 States

    It did start me thinking about drying cloths with no electricity

    I liked this indoor clothes line
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  2. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd Site Supporter+

    Here in Amish country, our clothes dryers run on both wind and solar!


    We've got a line run across the basement too. ;)

    Ironically, that HOA in northeast Ohio that bans clotheslines is only about 10 miles from us...just another example of how people with more money than sense are invading rural America with their little boxes made of ticky-tacky.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    If you live in "Frozen Country" you just hang'em outside WET, and then Beat the Ice off them, after they Freeze, and bring them INSIDE, for the final Dry..... Works Great....
  4. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    MOdified freeze drying? :p
  5. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey++

    So do I - oh, you're actually talking about the clothesline
  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Any way you dry yhem. there are drying closets than can be installed next to a fireplace as well.
  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I have an old fashion clothes pin holder and the clothes pins. I cannot believe there are laws against this. I noticed Boulder seems to have issue yet that is supposed to be really environmental loving up there. I think dryers could contribute to global warming, someone should contact Al Gore. :D

    Seriously though, I have a drying rack that I use quite often out on the deck and then I hang the overflow on hangers and space on the shower door frame
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  8. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Great big assed C.B. antenna on my truck works just fine! The wrap around rails of the main deck also work! Thank god I am way south of Bolder, that place has gone all Kalfornia!
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  9. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    My mother had clothes lines in the attic for rainy or freezing days. Lots of room and a turbo dryer in the summer. And, nobody can see them.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
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  10. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Learn Hills , as in the maker from Auzi , rest are crap.
    search hills 8 , we have two .

    Rotary Clotheslines | Hills Home

    EDIT sorry , 4 units !!! I got re-educated & updated .
    Everyday Retracting Clothesline | Hills Home
    Outside & inside , PLUS we have a tent on one for winter drying .

    I'M not allowed to hang the cloths cuz I put the wife's stuff on the outside twice guys , best way to be the retriever only !!!!
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016
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  11. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    I just hang the stuff on anything that's handy and in the sun.. Or from the rafters during the winter.. Need it quick? Laundromat...
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  12. Meat

    Meat Monkey+

    I hang it on recycled pulling tape.(mule tape). A pulley system is next. [afro]
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  13. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey++

    I've used a solar dryer for as long as i can remember ---love the smell of sun dried cloths
  14. avagdu

    avagdu Monkey

    I use something like this clothes drying rack inside most of the time in the summer. It's very light and fragile made out of wood but if I had to use it out in the forest it would be easy to transport by vehicle.
  15. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    This is a bit of a contention in my home. I prefer to dry clothes outside for a multitude of reasons, the wife on the other hand, does not.
    So, it comes down to who's doing the laundry usually. I have a 'temp' clothesline on our deck, the line stays in a coiled up storage unit until needed then i pull it out connect to a hook, hang the laundry to dry.
    To keep the peace in the home, I'll toss the hang dried clothes in the drier on low for about 10 min, to make them "fluffy" for the wife.
    I do plan on putting out perm clothes lines this winter/fall.
    Hanging outside - saves money, disinfects clothes (UV-light), etc.

    I've never thought about using the attic, may have to try that.

    And, my mom would hang clothes out to dry in the MN winters.
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  16. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey++

    My Eastern NC neighbors used to give me the strangest looks when I'd hang laundry on the line in the winter. It worked in Michigan, and worked just fine here too.

    My only trouble with the clothesline was that it was strung between two pine trees, and the trees were a favorite spot for birds.
  17. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

  18. BlueDuck

    BlueDuck Monkey

    When I was a kid every house had a clothes line and racks for when the weather was bad. What goes around comes around.
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  19. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey

    We just call it a clothes line :)
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  20. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    At our cabin, we call that, "The Backup HF Longwire Antenna".
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