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<b><span style="color:#008000;">What's long, thin, expansive, has no moving parts, does not use electricity and drys clothes for practicaly at no cost?<br><br><br><br>
um...............................<br><br><br><br>
Something so simple and ecomnomical, yet the vast majority<br><br>
of North Americans avoid its use because of the mainstream paradigm linking this device to poverty.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The other day I wondered how many people actually use a clothes line?<br><br><br><br>
I strung a rope between two trees and hung my laundry with<br><br>
clothes pins. My clothes didn't shrink. And I felt great knowing that no fossil fuel was burned or nuclear waste generated in the<br><br>
process.<br><br><br><br>
Now comes the million dollar question:</span><br><br><br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">Are you afraid to hang up your clothes to dry for fear that your neighbors will know what color underwear you have?</span></b><span style="color:#0000FF;"><br><br></span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/moonpie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":moonpie:"><br><br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">Toto</span>
 

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Actually, I live in an apartment, so I can't use a clothesline. I also live in L.A. Anything that sits outside in this city for more than a half an hour collects dust.
 

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Hi there epski,<br><br><br><br>
Apartment dweller you are, special circumstances. I did some time in one of those myself. I suggest if you have a balcony that a clothes line may come in handy. I have also seen where a self-retracting cord that hangs between the two walls in a shower can work well. And when your not using it, poof it's gone.<br><br><br><br>
Toto<br><br></span><br><br></b>
 

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I'm an apartment dweller, also, and I do not own a washer or dryer, so I either go do laundry at my parents' house, or I use the washing machines my complex provides and hang my clothes up to dry inside my apartment. I live alone, so having clothing draped over every available surface and socks dangling from my kitchen cabinet doors doesn't bother me.<br><br><br><br>
I do this primarily because the dryers the complex provides at the laundry center are terrible, but the reduced use of energy is nice, too.
 

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Well Ceryna,<br><br><br><br>
You are a woman after my own heart. The dangling conversation and the dangling pair of socks are the moments in our lives. Too cute for your own good.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Toto<br><br><br><br></span></b>
 

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I do have a clothesline - two in the backyard actually, plus one in the livingroom (for rainy days) and a drying rack upstairs. However, I'm doing laundry for a family of five and I do end up using the dryer for most of the kids' clothes and all of the sheets, towels, etc. The main reason for this is because otherwise, it just simply wouldn't get done.<br><br><br><br>
My husband's clothes all go on the line(s) though, and so do many of mine and any quick-drying synthetics that we might happen to have. (not many.)
 

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Way to go sesametofu!<br><br><br><br>
Could you do the children's laundry on a separate day so the clothes line would be available?<br><br><br><br>
Clothes last longer dried in the sun.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Toto<br><br><br><br></span></b>
 

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We have a spindryer and hang the clothes on a line in a room.<br><br><br><br>
We could hang them outside but then the birds might make it dirty again. (there a lot of birds around)
 

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When I was in high school, my mom and I hung our clothes outside to dry, but my parents live in a heavily wooded area and more often than not, birds would mess up our clothes.<br><br><br><br>
Now I'm in an apartment and use the dryer to often, I'm afraid. Have a balcony, but with the pigeon problem in my complex, I'm afraid to hang them outside. My dad is building me a drying rack, though, so that should cut it down.
 

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<b><span style="color:#008000;">You seem to be finding alternatives Muppetcow, let your imagination run wild!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Toto<br><br><br><br><br><br></span></b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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I have a lanai in the back of my house. (It's like a covered deck, except that the "roof" only has cross beams, which is supposed to let in just enough sun to be pleasant to sit under.) I have had clothes lines strung up under it, which I should use more than I do.<br><br><br><br>
A couple of things: I found out, to my surprise, that many stores (like Wal-Mart) do not sell cotton clothes line anymore. Instead they sell this "poly" stuff that disintegrates in the sun! Unbelievable!<br><br><br><br>
One thing that I did find that is useful is a "line tightener." It is a little device that you put the clothes line through that lets you tighten it easily, without having to re-tie it. It seemed like every time I put clothes on the line, the line would sag. These little thingies, under $5, take care of that problem easily.<br><br><br><br>
My exGF lived in a townhouse complex where people were discouraged from putting up clothes lines, because they supposedly looked "tacky." I ended up installing one of those devices that has clothes lines on a reel. When you want to use it,<br><br>
you pull out a bar that unreels 5 or 6 spaced lines out about 25 or 30 feet, and hook the bar on the opposite wall. Then you reel it back up when you are done, so it does not show most of the time.
 
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