How to hang out wash
Lots of people agree that laundry, just off the wash line, smells great. That fresh, crisp smell goes a long way to making this chore worth the time it takes. But this chore also has other benefits.
Although it takes more time than stuffing it in the dryer, it should be looked upon as an experience worth having once in a while, if not always. You get to be outside in the sunshine and fresh air which right there is an excellent thing for health and well-being. Think of it as good exercise, a perfect time to give your mind a chance to think, and a way to get back to old fashioned values when we were not all in such a hurry. There are many ways to hang wash, but these are some of the most common tips.
Use fabric softner
Wash clothes in washer and use a generous amount of liquid softener in the rinse water.
Use wooden clothes pins
Make sure you have regular wooden clothes pins that are clean. Wash them ahead of time if they are not clean.
Shake out each piece
Hang it on the wash line and smooth it out each piece of laundry.
For any top, shirt or blouse, hang by the bottom and use three clothes pins, one for the middle so it does not stretch out.
For pants, jeans or slack, you can hang by the waist using three clothes pins or you can hang by cuffs once they are put together so creases are correct.
Underwear will be easy just hang ‘undies’ by waistband, bras by one end or across band and socks individually.
Towels and tea towels, washcloths and tablecloths are straight forward, just hang from their edges and do not forget to smooth everything as you go.
Hanging sheets and blankets
Sheets should be hung out with a clothes pin every few inches on edges after folded over evenly one time. Fitted sheets- you should fold by matching pocket seams that fit over mattress and then hang by edges. Any oversized items like blankets should be folded in half like sheets. Always use plenty of clothes pins on those heavy and large items.
Watch the weather
Only hang your clothing out when you can be reasonably sure of the weather. A rain, however short, could ruin wash and make it necessary to rewash. Violent rains or winds could tear clothes from the line and get it dirty.
Should be few wrinkles
If you have smoothed correctly, when you take the wash down it should be almost wrinkle free and ready to put away.
Breathe in the fragrance
Take a moment to enjoy the fragrance of freshly laundered, sun dried wash.