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God's clothes dryer:
One of the best ways to save on laundry is by using a clothesline as opposed to the dryer. I think some of the reasons we don't use them more are not only laziness but the difficulty particularly for some seniors. I still use my dryer for permanent press clothing and in really bad weather but for everything else I use the clothesline.
I will describe the system that my son designed for me and maybe some of you can adapt it to your own situation. It should work equally well off of a patio ir deck. The savings have been surprising both in savings on electricity but also on things like bleach, stain removal, and fresheners like Fabreze.
I have a large enclosed back porch with a 6ft covered entry at the top of the steps. My washing machine and folding/sorting table are in the enclosed porch/utiity room.
If you have seen the old movies of the NY slums with their clotheslines stretched across the street it will be easier to envision
on the covered landing he attached a standard 3 line t- pole to the porch support. He then attached placed 3 small pulleys( available at any good hardware store) using those adjustable tensioning bolts. since my porch sits about 3 ft. off the ground he set 3- 15 foot treated poles in concrete approx. 30 ft out in the yard. These are sited about 10 ft. apart with another set of pulleys located at the top of each post. loop of non-stretching plastic covered clothesline wire runs from the T-post on the porch to each post.. Where the ends of the wire join is a metal ring too big to go through the pulley and mounted on the t post by each pulley is a snap fastener like you find on a dog leash.
I can stand in the shade on my back porch and hang clothes on the line, run the line all the way out into the yard, snap the line to secure it, and bring clothes back to the porch to unload the line.
Since I use one of those folding metal shopping carts with wheels to load/unload my washer, I never need to carry heavy baskets, trying to keep my balance going up/down steps with a load, and the line is high enough off the ground in the yard that I don't have to worry about the dogs brushing against the clothes or playing tug of war with them. With the ends of the clothesline placed so far apart there is always lots of air circulation and sun so clothes dry really fast. Also the lines are so high off the ground that no one can run into them when walking across the yard. As clotheslines go it makes laundry much easier and faster and saves me a lot of money.