There is an art and a right way to hang clothes on the clothesline and in this month’s blog the team at Swiftform Products Ltd offer you some handy tips.
Let’s start with jeans and pants…
Jeans & Pants
Hang jeans or pants by the legs. Then the water will wick down to the heaviest part of the jean (the waistband). The weight of that water and the waistband combined will pull on the pant legs, pulling out the wrinkles. This is why when you steam a garment you are supposed to gently pull on it. You can pull the pockets out if you want to enable better drying of these.
Shirts & Blouses
Hang clothes like shirts and blouses upside down by the side seams. Just like with the jeans, this also puts the heaviest part of the garment at the bottom so that the water wicks out as described above. Additionally, you won’t get the puckers from the clothes pegs that you get if you hang shirts by the shoulders.
When hanging a t-shirt on a clothesline, bring the side seams together, gather the center and gently pull. Then hang the shirt upside down by the bottom. You don’t need to pull all your t-shirts. I have a few t-shirts that don’t seem to hang right, so in order to prevent the pointy sides you can get on some t- shirts, I do this.
Underwear & Socks
If you don’t want the whole world to see your undies or “smalls” as our English friends call them hanging on the clothesline, you can hang them at the back of the clothesline or in the two lines in the middle. Hang socks by the toes. I usually hang a pair of socks together. This saves time and you use fewer clothes pegs.
To hang a fitted sheet, I tuck one corner into another, fold it in half and hang on the clothesline by each end with the pockets (or corners) hanging down. For a flat sheet, I just fold it in half and hang on the line.
Towels are pretty straight-forward just hang them from corner to corner. Make sure to hang them with a couple of centimetres overlap, anymore and the wind might not be able to get through the thickness of the doubled-over towel.
Here are a few additional tips:
When you hang clothes on a clothesline, make a note of which way the wind is blowing and hang clothes so that the smaller items are in the front. That way the wind can pass through to dry the large things at the back. If you put the large things in front, they block the wind from getting to the smaller items behind them, unless you need to hide your undies like I mentioned earlier.
Always bring your clothes pegs in at the end of the day. The pegs will last longer and bringing them in prevents black marks on your clothes that can happen when the pegs are left out.
If you haven’t used your clothesline in a while, run a rag along the lines to clean them off before hanging the clothes. You don’t have to clean the lines often but I do recommend cleaning them in the spring if you haven’t used the clothesline all winter or if you have gone a couple of weeks without using it.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed when you first hang clothes on a clothesline. This is a lot of information. Take it slowly. When you’re first trying to use a clothesline, start with baby steps so you don’t get frustrated and give up. It takes practice– lots of practice, so keep trying. If you have major problems, comment and the team at Swiftform will try to help you out.