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How to Line Dry

Line-dry your washed clothes and linens to keep them from wearing out, and save money on your energy bill at the same time.


  • Step 1: Snap clothing Snap each piece of washed material before your hang it to help prevent wrinkles.
  • Step 2: Turn clothing inside out Turn your clothing inside out for faster drying and to prevent fading.
  • Step 3: Pin to clothesline Pin your articles to the clothesline with wooden clothespins.
  • TIP: You can also hang your clothes on hangers and hang them on the line to dry.
  • Step 4: Dry according to light Dry silk, synthetic, and fine fabrics in the shade. Dry linen in the sun for fewer wrinkles.
  • Step 5: Hang shirts Hang your T-shirts on the line upside down.
  • Step 6: Throw articles in dryer Throw your towels or clothing in the dryer for a minute or two if they’re still damp or stiff from hanging.
  • Step 7: Enjoy Enjoy the fresh smell, lower electric bill, and environmental benefits of line-drying your articles.
  • FACT: According to the Energy Information Agency, clothes dryers account for 5.8 percent of home electricity usage.

You Will Need

  • A clothesline
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Clothes
  • Good weather
  • Hangers (optional)

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