When I was a child, I hated my family’s clothesline. I don’t even know why. I wasn’t required to hang clothes on it. I certainly didn’t hate the smell of the clothing that dried on it. And my mother used some tactic or another to keep the clothing from getting that “crunchy” feel to it. But I hated it nonetheless. I never had any idea of the cost savings possible with a clothesline versus using a dryer.
As an adult, I feel very differently about the clothesline. I like the smell of the clothing that dries on my backyard line. I like feeling as though I am helping the environment. And although I spend more time hanging laundry on the clothesline than I would if I were just to throw it in the dryer, by my estimation, I save as much as $20 per month on my electric bill and likely some wear and tear on the laundry as well. I suggest installing a clothesline to anyone looking to save money.
A tip: I started with a $2 clothesline from Walmart, but I had problems with breakage. I’d recommend buying a sturdier clothesline. My current one is metal, and I see metal ones are available for less than $10 at Lowe’s; of course, you’ll still need to install the poles to hold the line.
Other options are available.
- My neighbor and friend has a retractable clothesline to save space in her backyard, but her line isn’t as sturdy as mine. Check the reviews before you purchase, and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of retractable clotheslines if you are exploring that option.
- My family members have had umbrella clotheslines, but they are a bit spendy. I personally recommend keeping your price as low as possible to achieve the most financial bang for your buck.
One more caveat: Another neighbor installed a clothesline but never uses it. If you don’t intend to use a clothesline, don’t waste the money to install one.
And two final notes:
- You can buy clothespins and an inexpensive basket to hold them at Dollar Tree.
- You can still dry clothing in the winter, provided the sun is out or the wind is blowing.
Do You Have a Clothesline?
Do you have a clothesline in your backyard? If so, what type? Do you find it saves you money? Let me hear from you in the comments!