One thing I learned very well in Los Angeles is the value of hang-drying clothes. Allowing your clothes to hang dry may take more time, but it extends the life of your clothes by preventing fabrics from breaking down as fast.
With Spring right around the corner, the sunshine is out in full force (at least in Southern California), which makes it the perfect time to jump into hang-drying your clothes.
This week, I want to challenge you to make your own clothesline.
What you will need:
- Nylon rope. There are lots of options when it comes to purchasing rope for a clothesline. Your local home improvement store will likely have several inexpensive options.
- An open space, preferably outside.
- Two screw eye bolts, or something to fasten the string.
- A measuring tape.
What to do:
- Choose a space for your clothesline, preferably outside. If not outside, at least in a place that is open enough to let air pass around clothing when it is hanging. It’s also helpful to choose a space that will allow you to leave the clothesline up even when not in use. You will also need a space that has two facing walls or other surfaces so that you can attach the fasteners across from one another.
- Measure and attach your fasteners. Measure up from the floor so that the fasteners are parallel. Keep in mind that your clothesline will be pulled tight, so you will want the fasteners to be within comfortable reach.
- Measure and cut your clothesline rope. Make sure you have enough length to securely tie the rope to the fasteners, but that your rope doesn’t droop in the middle or have any slack.
- Tie your clothesline rope to the fasteners, making sure to pull tight (but not so tight that you pull the fastener out of the wall!) and tie securely. You may consider adding some extra-strength glue to the knots to prevent slipping.
- Enjoy fresh, air-dried clothes!
If you do not own your home or do not have sufficient outdoor space for a clothesline, you can construct a more temporary line using extra-strength Command Hooks. in this case, try using a slip knot for your line, so that you can put the rope up and take it down as needed. This kind of clothesline may not hold as much weight, so make sure to test it out to see what it can hold before loading it up with all your wet laundry!
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