When you think of heating with wood, it might not dawn on you to take advantage of that extra heat and use it for line drying your clothes. I love doing laundry (you read that right – I really enjoy it), and one of my favorite things to do is hang our clothes on the line to dry. Even in freezing weather, I prefer to dry my clothes on the line. While line-drying outside in freezing conditions will dry your clothes in time, I find myself letting dirty clothes pile high just to avoid standing in the cold. Instead of freezing your fingers off this winter, try putting up a line indoors. When my hubby found “indoor clothes line” on his “Honey-do” list, he quickly whipped something up for me using items laying around the house. My line is nothing more than some baling twine strung in a hallway near the wood burner. I hang pants, PJ’s, rags and other clean laundry to dry on the line, while using hangers to hang shirts and dresses from an old shelf propped over a closet doorway. The heat from the fire speeds the drying time, and for items like pajamas and t-shirts, they’re ready for folding by the time the next load is ready to be hung! And the extra moisture in the air is an added bonus! If you don’t line dry and need that extra moisture in the air, before plugging in a humidifier, try filling a pot with water and letting it sit on the wood burner.
I enjoy the smell of candles, incense and potpouri, but I can’t always justify spending the money on a frill like that. Instead of buying expensive products at the store, just make your own using things you would normally just toss or compost. Remember that pot of water I mentioned just a minute ago? Add scraps from citrus fruits, fallen pine needles and cones or your favorite spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Your home will be filled with a one-of-a-kind scent that everyone will enjoy!