Again, inspiration from Sheila Stewart to follow up on her wonderful post last week about washing detergent.
Of course, after things are washed, they’re dried. Around here, for the most part, things get thrown into the dryer for the task. It’s right next to the washing machine so the convenience can’t be overlooked. When possible, we try to do things in non-prime time.
But, this morning with the breezy coolness after yesterday’s storms we’re hanging the sheets on the clothesline! It’s not done regularly – to be honest, these days, it’s largely a place for bathing suits and towels and a driving hazard when I’m cutting the lawn.
Growing up though, it was the only game in town. There was this big pole at the corner of four neighbour lots and we all had clotheslines from the back of our house to the pole. In our case, it was just outside what we called the “back kitchen” on the top stair. You’d put the basket of wet stuff beside you and we had a six quart basket full of clothes pins. The basket would be considered a collectible by today’s standards. Probably the pins too! Everything got hung up out there; we had no modesty!
This was always a point of conflict with my brother and me over who did what. Somehow, washing always seemed easier than hanging things out to dry later.
Between washings, it had an additional functionality. We had this old hula hoop that was broken but would nicely fit over the line. It made a great target for throwing baseballs and footballs through.
Our car even had a makeshift clothesline on it. When we’d go to the beach at Goderich or Bayfield, our bathing suits would hang over the cars antenna through the top and one leg. It would flap in the breeze but would be dry by the time we got home.
At university, I got into dryers bigtime. Living in an apartment, there weren’t too many other options. Fortunately, the landlord had some pay machines in the basement. In today’s environment of hyper-sensitivity, I wonder about sharing dryers! (joking, but were they ever cleaned?)
I’ll let you finish the post with your own stories.
- Dryer or clothesline? Into which camp do you fall today?
- Have you always had a dryer or did you come to it at some point growing up?
- Do you do laundry in the off-hours or when you need it?
- Do you own either or both these days?
- How and wear do you dry bathing suits?
- In the movies, particularly with a setting of New York City, it isn’t uncommon to see clothes drying on balconies. Why don’t we do this / allow this?
Please share your drying stories in the comments below. We’re all friends so air your dirty laundry!
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