While it is completely possible to successfully hang laundry outdoors to dry in the winter, even in freezing temperatures, I usually prefer to hang mine inside by the wood burner. It not only makes me feel like I’m getting more out of the wood we use for heat, but it keeps me from battling frostbitten fingers and shivering while I hurry to get the laundry hung.
But how do you construct a laundry line indoors? It’s easy, and practically free. All you need is to gather up some bailing twine, in endless supply around most farms, and a few heavy-duty screws. Hubby used his drill to put the screws into the wall (into the studs) at a downward angle, leaving just enough of the head out to attach the bailing twine to them. To attach the twine, simply make a knot, hook the twine onto the nails and… you’re done! You may be able to use nails in your home, but we find that screws work better in our walls – they support the weight of the laundry on the line and don’t pull out or loosen, like nails do, over time.
The downside to hanging indoors in our home is a lack of space. To ensure we are able to hang the most laundry possible, while still allowing enough room for it to dry, I’ve come up with a few easy-peasy space saving tips that can be used indoors (and out!).
Hang socks in pairs. This not only saves a ton of space, but it saves you time. Once the socks are dry, there’s no fishing around to find partner socks – they’re already together. And another benefit? It saves on clothespins too! Use hangers & utilize minute spaces. When hanging items on the line, there’s usually small spaces that would normally go unused. You can easily use those areas to hang a t-shirt or other item to dry. Just put it on a hanger, hang it on the line sideways and you’ve been rewarded with a lot more line drying space!
Double up on light fabrics. Some fabrics, like thin cotton or muslin, silk or satin can be doubled up when line drying. I usually double hang items like flour sack towels or silky undershirts, and they still dry in no time.
Don’t forget the doors (and other hanging spaces!). There’s no rule that says you can only use the line when drying your clothes. Don’t overlook things like doornobs, empty nails, shower rods or other opportune spots. If you can put a hanger on it, and there’s enough space, go for it! If you come to my house on laundry day, you’ll see clothes everywhere.
Hang sideways on the line. You can use a clothespin to keep items on hangers from slipping together and keeping the air from circulating around them. It will give you the chance to hang a lot more hanger friendly items like sweatshirts and tops.
If you’re frugal like I am, you may enjoy my article on Getting More From Your Wood Burner. Line drying indoors isn’t the only way to stretch your wood this winter!
Do you hang your laundry on a line? Do you have any tips for me?