A clothes line or washing line is any type of rope, cord, or twine that has been stretched between two points (e.g. two sticks), outside or indoors, above the level of the ground. Clothing that has recently been washed is hung along the line to dry, using clothes pegs or clothes pins. Washing lines are attached either from a post or a wall, and are frequently located in back gardens, or on balconies. Longer washing lines often have props holding up sections in the middle due to the weight of the clothing.In an effort to save electricity, many Italians do things the old fashion way.
Advantages of a clothes line
Zero greenhouse gas emissions per load] (2 kg of greenhouse gas emissions from the average mechanical clothes dryer per load)
Laundry smells "clothes-line fresh" without using chemicals
Less fabric wear and tear
Laundry items do not shrink (hot air from a mechanical clothes dryer may shrink items)
No static cling
Laundry items stay softer to the touch (mechanical clothes dryers tend to remove short, soft, fine fibers), and may be less wrinkled
Laundry items often do not need ironing if line dried in a breeze
Avoids the potential of airborne lint and reduced air quality
Eliminates the noise from a mechanical clothes dryer
Does not vent to the outside and waste the large volume of conditioned (heated or cooled) indoor air that a mechanical dryer's blower does.
For a simple line drying arrangement (rope and clothes pins) the repair and replacement costs are about $20.00 per 1,000 loads of laundry or 2 cents per load. For non-commercial mechanical clothes drying the repair and replacement costs (including labor expenses) are about $200.00 per 1,000 loads of laundry or 20 cents per load.
December 21st, 2011
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