Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Should I hang laundry on the clothesline or not? April 16, 2010

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Raindrops on my hosta.

THURSDAY BROUGHT much-needed rain to our area.

But, in all truthfulness, the rainfall surprised me as evidenced by the freshly-laundered bath towels I hung on the clothesline.

On Monday, believing the predictions of rain, I dried my laundry in the dryer. Not a speck of moisture fell from the sky all day. I chastised myself for trusting the forecasters.

I would not be tricked again.

So Thursday morning, despite predictions of rain, I hung towels outdoors. Then, an hour later, I watched as rain fell, not just lightly, but steadily.

I left the towels there. When the rain ceased, I hauled the heavy, wet load inside, lugged the clothes basket down the basement stairs and then heaved the soggy pile into the dryer.

That was followed by two loads of laundered sheets.

Then, Thursday afternoon, the sun came out, bright and strong. The wind blew a steady, drying breeze across my backyard. Perfect clothes drying weather.

I chastised myself for acting too soon, for believing the rain would last all day.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


2 Responses to “Should I hang laundry on the clothesline or not?”

  1. Mary Says:

    The weather is the main reason I really like my bestdryingrack.com laundry drying rack instead of the clothes line. If the weather is questionable I put them on the porch. So they still get some sun and breeze but are protected from the rain. If I have multiple loads I have even pulled the car in to the drive and placed the racks in the garage with the door open. I figure I get the best of all worlds that way.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Mary, I am impressed by your devotion to line-drying laundry.

      I too use a laundry drying rack, but not a fancy one like yours. Mine is simple, tiered, and one I set up in my living room. I mostly use it in the winter for jeans and socks, which I’ve tossed in the dryer for just a short time period.

      Thanks for reading Minnesota Prairie Roots and for taking the time to comment.

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