I've been thinking about a way to have line-dried laundry for a while. Don't get me wrong, I love my dryer, but I've really been wanting a way to dry my sheets and some of my clothes by taking advantage of Mother Nature.
I have a small balcony that I haven't been using for anything. There is a lovely view of the side of my neighbor's house. I suppose if I had a view of the mountains, I would consider sitting out there occasionally. But really, the only time I've actually gone out there was to enjoy a fabulous thunderstorm with a glass of wine! I decided that this would be the perfect place for my new al fresco laundry facility. Bonus: my laundry room is upstairs and just steps away! So I made trips to Home Depot and my garage and gathered up these:
The installation was so simple. I drilled some pilot holes and screwed the laundry line into the wall. I screwed the hooks on two places on the opposite wall, and the final hook on the original wall. Now I can pull the line across the balcony and back, creating two lines for me to use.
I promptly went inside and washed my sheets so I could have something to line dry!
Here is a nice shot of the side of my neighbor's house looking over my sheets.
They dried super quickly. And they smell so fresh. When I got into bed last night, I was completely comfortable on my soft, freshly laundered sheets. It's a great feeling to know that I can whiten my whites naturally with the help of the sun and save energy at the same time.