June 27, 2018
Imagine opening your door in the early morning and lugging a basket full of freshly washed sheets into the center of your backyard. Smell the fresh fabric as you pull each sheet from the basket and drape them over a clothesline while the sun shines down on your face and a light breeze runs over your arms. Many people consider this the perfect way to announce the end of winter, which makes hanging clothes out to dry a popular springtime activity.
The market for high-tech dryers with convenient features continues to expand, but the process of hanging clothing out to dry is still amazingly popular. If you’re wondering why anyone would do this when it’s much faster and easier to transfer wet bed sheets directly to a dryer, consider some of the benefits that come with the old-fashioned clothesline:
If you’re starting to get excited about hanging your sheets to dry outside, pause for a moment while we discuss the potential downsides to doing so. For starters, it takes more time to hang sheets than to toss them in the dryer. You also have to watch the weather because rain clouds and thunderstorms can ruin your fun. If you have a homeowner’s association to worry about or a snooty neighbor, you might also get some unnecessary attention from those who don’t find sheets waving in the wind so attractive.
If anyone in your home suffers from hay fever or another form of seasonal allergies, hanging your sheets out to dry may cause serious problems. Pollen and other allergens in the outside air will collect in your sheets as they dry on the line, and then you will bring those allergens into your home. The bed is the last place that you want those allergens to live.
When you put your sheets in the dryer, the heat naturally kills allergens, so that is always a safer option if someone in your household has asthma or severe allergies. If the allergies aren’t severe or you still want to give the clothesline a try, here are some tips to make this work:
This works best if you know exactly what causes your allergies and what time of year those allergens are in full force. That information may allow you to use the dryer during some seasons while enjoying the fresh air and the process of hanging your sheets outside the rest of the year.