I have never stopped hanging my clothes out on a clothesline. I used to always hang them out even in winter when they’d freeze solid and would have to be finished indoors. But for the past 3 decades I only dry my clothes in a dryer during the bitter winter months. Today is National Hanging Out Day and I hope you will consider participating or picking up the habit. There are so many advantages: huge energy savings; fresh smelling clothes, sheets, towels; natural stain removal (by the sun); clothes and laundry last much longer when dried on a line; and a wonderfully therapeutic time outdoors while hanging and bringing in the laundry.
As Project Laundry List states, “Some communities prohibit clotheslines, ostensibly, for aesthetic reasons. National Hanging Out Day is a time to protest such draconian covenants. In some states, “Right to Dry” legislation is being introduced to override these restrictive community regulations that ban the use of clotheslines.” Here, here to that!
I’ve written about using clotheslines for the past 3 years in my weekly environment column, Everyday Earth Wise. I hope you’ll check out the link for National Hanging Out Day and consider the many benefits. The fresh scent alone is well worth hanging clothes outdoors.
In fact, one of my photography projects this year is to take photographs of clothes lines with hopes of using the photos for a gallery showing.
Diane writes a weekly environment column and is a freelance custom photographer serving Alberta from Edmonton, north to Grande Prairie & surrounding areas. Visit her website or connect with her photography page on Facebook.