Thursday, October 8, 2015

My View #119 - On Saving Our Country's Power: The Clothesline Dilemma

Years ago every house had a clothesline, a happy, useful part of the home. Then about thirty years ago someone decided a clothesline is so unsightly let's ban them in new suburbs, so high priced electric dryers took over and clotheslines disappeared. Now dryers are necessary in places like hotels and hospitals, but to save power and green earth, a house only needs a clothesline. It is great to see a line of fresh laundry flapping on the line and the dry clothes smell wonderful. I miss my clothesline very much.
This is a single clothesline. The S shaped hook is to prevent the wire from dropping down and dragging the clothes on the ground.  Most women wore an apron or had a basket for the clothes pins, which they used to secure each item of clothing.

Now, do we let the "money lenders" rule our lives, in trying to help "Mother Nature," or do we attempt to save, in any way we can, by wind and sun, the high rate of electric power we need to run dryers in our homes? Dryers use a great deal of electric power. Just think about this.

I read a book years ago called "White Banners Flying," about a woman's love of her babies, washing their diapers and hanging them on the clothesline to blow and dry in the sun. She called them "white banners."

I remember the smell and thrill of fresh dried clothes, off the windy line. I think clotheslines should be brought back. They save a lot of money and work better for all.

That's it for now.

May 7, 2008

I remember the scintillating fresh smell of clothes dried outdoors.  I loved to bury my face in the freshly dried laundry, just to smell it. I still have a portable dryer rack that I put outdoors for some clothes, but it's not big enough for everything and, alas, clotheslines are indeed banned in my community.

On the other hand, I remember Mom wrapped in her winter coat, bringing in laundry frozen stiff in wintertime, so stiff that bending the clothing could break it. Her second option in the winter was to hang clothes in our basement, which added cloying damp to the air for the two days they took to dry. Not everything about clothes dryers is bad.

Clotheslines are experiencing a resurgence, as people look for ways to protect our environment and save money. Contemporary clotheslines come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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