I read a post on Homespun Cottage about laundry and about clotheslines in particular. One thing about RV Living is, we can't really have a clothesline for we live in a park with other RV's. I really miss having a clothesline. There's just something about hanging wash to dry.
I had heard an account a few years ago of a therapist recommending hanging wash to dry as a means to decrease stress. For me, this was old news but I wondered then how many people did not know this? We live in an age of convenience, and in a society of instant gratification. I suppose I'm preaching to the choir, but maybe we need a little less microwave dinners and a little more homemade bread.
When I took a load of laundry outside to be hung to dry, it was usually early in the morning and this was my first trip outdoors that day. The sun would barely be up over the Catskill Mountains where I lived at the time in upstate New York. The chickadees would be twittering away, and the sounds of my children were far, far away. I was instantly calmed somewhat, and would grab my bag of clothespins and get to work. As one shirt after another, one sheet after another, one pair of socks after another was hung...more and more I would become calmer and more serene-feeling. In the afternoon when I took it in, the smell of fresh linens would be overpowering. Those candles that are supposed to smell like fresh linen can't hold a candle to what it really smells like.
There are other benefits to hanging laundry that are just as important. It decreases your utility bill, for one, and not by a small amount. If you are looking to try to make the move to stay at home, but aren't sure how to afford it, this is one big thing you can do. Hanging wash will save you 10% to 20% on your utility bill. That's a big difference, ladies, especially if you have children at home.
Hanging your wash increases the life of your clothing and such. This is because it's not being battered around in a machine. This means you'll have hand-me-downs that actually still look decent, and you won't be purchasing new socks and linens as often.
Egyptians learned that the sun naturally bleached their clothes, or at least that's what I remember learning once. The sun really does naturally disinfect your things, plus it whitens your whites and will work a bit on stains as well. Yes, it will also fade your colors but hang those inside out and you'll be just fine.