Hanging Out The Laundry: The Downside

Hanging Out The Laundry: The Downside

Abby Stone
Aug 16, 2010

Lately, we've been hanging our laundry out to dry in the bright sun, especially our sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers. We love line drying for all kinds of reasons: the fresh smell, saving money, and good for the environment. But today, when we went to retrieve our stuff from the line, we discovered a problem we'd somehow forgotten about.

Splashed across our freshly-washed bottom sheet was a big splotch of bird poop. Our neighbor saw us examining our sheet and nodded his head. While he hadn't encountered the bird poop problem, a cat had scrambled over the line while his wash was out, leaving a neat line of cat prints across his white t-shirts. And, with many of my neighbors jumping on the line-drying bandwagon, finding enough space to hang everything can also be a challenge. Leave stuff hanging too long and it develops the fine patina of dirt that comes from living on busy street. A neighbor's decision to barbecue imparts a unique perfume to your things.

I've thought about hanging my stuff inside but that brings up a whole other set of challenges, from how exactly to deal with the duvet cover to what to do if laundry day and company coming by coincide. In the meantime, while trying to solve this dilemma, we've just put in another load consisting of just our lone sheet. What's your line drying experience been?

(Image: Flickr member Peter Blanchard licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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