who doesn’t love the smell of freshly dried linens on the clothesline.. i do, i do!
if you’re like me and live in the burbs with a not so big backyard, it’s a challenge to find the space to install a clothesline… but i’ll show you how… and the best thing is, this project will take you about 5 minutes!
according to Project Laundry List, commercial, industrial and residential clothes dryers use a whopping 15-20% of domestic energy in the U.S. In 2007 alone, clothes dryers in U.S. homes emitted 54.72 million metric tons of greenhouse gas-producing CO2.
if all Americans used a clothesline or folding drying racks just once a week, the savings would be enough to close several power plants!
benefits of using a clothesline.
- avoid a fire, clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. the yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million.
- sunlight bleaches and disinfects.
- your clothes will last longer, where do you think lint comes from?
- pleasant smell, clothes and linens smell better without adding possible toxic chemicals to your body and the environment.
- save money, many households can save at least $25 a month on their energy bill by line drying.
- healthy activity, hanging your clothes on the line is a moderate activity, you can even lose weight, and the smell of fresh air is therapeutic.
- cotton clothesline – order on amazon
- line tightener – order on amazon
- 2 – 5/16 spring links
- 2 – 3 1/2″ screw eyes with 5/16 thread [not shown in photo]
i purchased my cotton clothesline and line tightener on amazon because i had no luck finding either of these items locally, i.e. home depot, lowes nor orchard carried them. if you kindly use the links above i get a small affiliate commission, the cost remains the same for you, and i thank you kindly!
- find two solid places to anchor and install your screw eyes. i used a 4×4 fence post and the corner of my house, where i knew the screw eyes would anchor securely.
- drill a small pilot hole, and screw your screw eyes into the wood.
- measure the distance from screw eye to screw eye and add an additional 5 feet.
- using a tautline hitch knot tie one end of your clothesline to one of your spring links.
- on the other end of your line, feed the clothesline through your line tightener as shown below.
- attach the remaining spring link to your line tightener and link both ends of your line to the screw eyes.
the line tightener is an amazing invention, making it simple to tighten your line as well as loosen the line when it’s time to take it down.
the spring links make it quick to remove and store your clothesline at the end of the day.
that’s it, you’re new clothesline is ready for some laundry!
for about $25 you can create your own small space clothesline, save energy, save money, save the planet, and save your clothes.
- use cotton clothesline to prevent snagging.
- hang your clothing inside out to prevent fading from sunlight.
- hang your clothesline in half sun and half shade, hang your whites in the sun and your darks in the shade.
- once your towels are dry, give them a 5 minute tumble in the dryer with dryer balls, this softens and fluffs a stiff towel perfectly.
- take you clothesline down after use, so the birds won’t use it as a new perch, and the clothesline won’t deteriorate as quickly.