With as much sunshine as we get here, paying money to dry clothes in a dryer would be like throwing money on the ground and setting it on fire. It’s been 18 months since R installed our rotary clothesline. I’m guessing we’ve used the electric dryer less than a dozen times since. Sometimes, like when I wash pillows, I’ll throw stuff in the dryer with a couple tennis balls and no heat to fluff, but that requires hardly any energy at all to operate.
Hanging laundry requires a little extra exercise, a little extra attention to the weather, neither of which is a bad thing. Am I not paying for a gym membership, and this exercise I can get for free? I kind of like taking a break, looking at the clouds and the birds while I hang up the clothes. Once we started using vinegar with lavender essential oil as fabric softener, the clothes aren’t too stiff. The part I like least is hanging socks. So I made a DIY sock dryer and it makes that part all better.
I made the first one for free, recycling a Christmas wreath base and using some extra chain we bought for one project or another. It was on a 12″ wreath base, and it’s just too small for us. So I ordered a bigger base for about $6.50, 18″ this time, to make a bigger one. The bigger one holds a week’s worth of socks and unmentionables for the two of us.
Then I splurged on a swivel clip at the farm store that cost less than $3. The swivel clip makes it easy to turn the dryer to hang more socks as you uncover them in the laundry basket. It also holds it securely to the line in our infernal winds. And in the unlikely event of a rainstorm, I can grab the whole mess of socks at once.
So the whole thing cost less than $10. I leave the clothespins on it, but bring the whole thing in between laundry days and hang it on the back of the laundry room door. It’s simple things like a 5 minute DIY project that make chores not so choreful, and I can go back to enjoying the outdoors while I work.