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7/5/09 3:34 P

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So sorry about your clothes. Vinegar and sunshine (or even the tiniest amount of bleach in a pinch) would be my best bet to keep mildew at bay, but I guess if the clothes are truly ruined there is no turning back..

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6/28/09 6:26 P

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I'm lucky - no allergies and a breezy yard, so even in winter I can dry things outdoors in a day. Lately, though, we've had a bunch of late-afternoon showers, so my clothes get soaked just before I get home and need another day to dry... and now it seems like my whole wardrobe is mildewed. Any suggestions for getting the smell out? I have used Simple Green detergent and a vinegar rinse in the past, but I think the mildew is winning this time.

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6/19/09 6:35 P

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IF I HAD THE CHANCE I WOULD USE A LINE ANY DAY. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE AIR DRIED CLOTHING

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MAINEROCKS's Photo MAINEROCKS Posts: 7,195
6/17/09 11:39 A

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I line dry for almost everything (previously posted), but when I do use the drier I use half a drier sheet due to static, not softness. I tried drier balls and that didn't cut out the static so for now, still half a sheet (but I only dry sheets or something I need to shrink).

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6/17/09 11:20 A

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I have pollen allergies so I have to use a dryer, but I bought a high efficiency gas drier to do the best I can. Also, I never use fabric softener, it's really not needed unless you are drying on a line as the drier gets things soft enough. I'm not even certain why people who dry in a machine use fabric softener, it seems like needless chemicals and expense to me.

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6/10/09 9:38 A

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I would love to hang my clothes on a clothesline but I have 2 outside dogs that would think it was great fun to pull them down and chew on them. Once we get our fence put up, they will not be able to reach the clothesline though, and I will use it (probably all year long here in south TX).

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-JUNIE- Posts: 550
6/9/09 6:06 P

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I have found that when I line-dry outside on windy days my towels will get really nice and soft! It even makes my old flannel flats less stiff, and they are pretty rough even when dried in a dryer.

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SHEEDYFANS Posts: 45
6/7/09 9:21 P

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I dry on a wooden laundry hanger set up. About 1 in 10 times I use the electric dryer to get off lint, or for large things like blankets. I do prefer the feel and the time of having things in the dryer, but I try to reduce my CF as much as possible.

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SHEEDYFANS Posts: 45
6/7/09 9:12 P

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I dry on a wooden laundry hanger set up. About 1 in 10 times I use the electric dryer to get off lint, or for large things like blankets. I do prefer the feel and the time of having things in the dryer, but I try to reduce my CF as much as possible.

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6/4/09 9:11 P

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This evening I took towels out of the linen closet that had been hung on the line. Oh how I hate the scratchiness of them! I have a lovely new high efficiency dryer - I think my towels might still have to go in the dryer.

Sheets & clothes can go on the line for the most part. The challenge I have is the time to hang everything out.

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-JUNIE- Posts: 550
6/4/09 3:55 P

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I prefer line-drying. It feels good not knowing I am not wasting electricity. But then we really don't have much of a choice since we have no room for a dryer in our flat. Instead we have a rack for rainy days/winter and large common cloths-lines outside. I love using the lines outside! It is very social on sunny days. We also have access to coin-operated dryers in the laundry-room a few buildings away, but we rarely use them. Our clothes will get dry within 24 hours indoors despite us having very cramped space, but I have found it is vital to ventilate well in order for clothes to dry quickly.

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4/6/09 12:52 P

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My GF and I both prefer using a clothesline, but it rains so much here, especially this year, that it's just not practical most of the time. We use one when we can, and go with the dryer the rest of the year. I hadn't thought of the pollen problem. I'm one of those who fights with pollen allergies most of the Spring and Fall. It makes sense that the clothes would pick those pollens up hanging outside.

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4/2/09 12:46 P

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I line dry very little Spring or Fall on the advice of my allergenist who says the pollen is then brought indoors.

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3/29/09 11:07 A

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I am still battling the clothesline "crunch" that makes all the towels stiff (hard water is likely the culprit). I figured out that you can mostly dry the clothes on a line and then finish them in the dryer and that seems to solve the problem. The only problem is remembering to go out and get the clothes before they totally dry!

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3/16/09 11:00 A

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i live in a teensy tiny apartment and there isn't room for a clothesline or a drying rack! so i've gotten those wooden hangers where you can twist the actual hanger part to a different angle (does that make sense?) and then i just hang my clothes up all over the apartment off of everything that will stand still. doorways, mirrors, bathtub, bookshelf... i've had to get it down to a science too - but it's a fun challenge! still dry sheets and towels and socks though...

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3/15/09 9:47 A

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I have a couple drying racks that I put up in the spare bedroom of my apt. when we don't have guests. There are still a few things I put in the dryer, like sheets, but I mostly just use the racks. I have become very creative with getting a whole load on those two racks... I have it down to a science! LOL :-)

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3/12/09 4:04 P

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I think it is therapuetic too. I have to bring my line into storage in the wintertime so it doesn't get damaged, but once the weather is nice enough I bring it out and enjoy the weather while hanging out the clothes. Our backyard is very sunny.

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3/11/09 11:42 P

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I have an old school clothesline strung across my yard (seriously - it's 50') that I use to dry everything on when the weather permits! I love it! I think it's therapuetic to hang out clothes and it gives my 1 year old a chance to get outside and play while I hang clothes. I can't wait until the weather warms for good and I can get my garden going! We love outside!

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3/9/09 8:25 P

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I prefer clothesline, my husband prefers clothesline but most of his clothes need to be dried in a dryer. I think the big difference is choosing clothes with fabrics that do well being air dried.

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3/9/09 12:14 P

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My apartments will not allow us to use a clothesline, unfortunately, so I use my high efficiency dryer with a sensor.

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3/9/09 9:10 A

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We live in an apartment. Clothesline is not an option. If I hang clothes inside the apartment they will never dry...

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3/8/09 7:24 P

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When the weather is warm enough and dry enough I definately use the clothes line. I love the putting the clothes on the line and taking them off. I love that it gets me outside and into the sun. Sometimes I need that little extra push as I would probably stay inside all day otherwise.

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3/8/09 4:36 P

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We live in apartment and have strung clothes line over the bathtub. We also use a drying rack that fits in the tub or corner of the bathroom for when we need more hanging space. It's great because it fold down small and you can store it the closet.

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3/8/09 9:17 A

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I wish I had a clothesline. There's no place in my apartment area, unfortunately.

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3/8/09 9:11 A

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I have faithfully used a clothes line for the last 7 years or more. In the winter I would use a drying rack and then fluff the clothes in the dryer if needed. I recently bought a new energy efficient front loading set. I can't get over how it performs. The clothes are near dry when they come out of the washer. The dryer has a sensor in it, so it will auto shut off when the clothes are dry.
I will use to clothes line for sheets & towels and bigger items. With a 3 yr old, there are so many little articles of clothing that it takes a lot of time to hang everything out. The other issue is that we live on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It's very windy and hard to keep the clothes on the line.
This winter has been particularly difficult. Hanging clothes out was a waste of time as they would freeze and need to be put in the dryer anyways.

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3/8/09 12:45 A

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Hey Everyone! Now that spring is almost here, well for most of you anyway, I have a little bit longer. What is your prefered method for drying clothes? I have an umbrella type clothesline that I use when the weather is good.

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