I have read with shock and amazement about certain community associations in America, up in arms about clothes lines and drying clothes on them. Now, I am not one to advocate airing ones dirty laundry but clean laundry is a whole different matter. There are entire product lines based on the smell of line dried linens. Why would we prefer to buy a candle that smells like fresh air instead of imparting this smell into our lives but actually leaving clothes hanging up outside?
America uses 25 % of the world’s energy with only 4 % of the world’s population. What if Americans dried half of their loads on a clothesline? Think what a difference that would make to energy consumption or the money that could be saved. It is staggering.
With all the problems in the world are there really such small-minded people who have problems looking at clothing hanging out to dry? The “Hang ’em out to dry challenge” last month seems to have struck home with some but wouldn’t it be nice to see Associations repealing this clause in their bylaws. It seems to be a real limit on personal freedom as well as being environmentally fiendish. I would completely disagree that clothes hanging outside is unattractive, quite the opposite, that colorful clothing can cheer up a fall garden. Certainly a pretty clothes pin holder from Made with love by Hanna could not be disputed.
I have noticed there are some unwritten rules for hanging out your laundry. In Norway, almost anything goes apart from hanging out your laundry on Sundays – that is a big no-no! But you will see people airing their dirty duvets out their bedroom windows if it’s sunny and nice (but not on Sunday). No one is going to believe that – does anyone have a picture they can send me of this phenomenon? I found one here.
That would definitely not do here in Niedersachsen where I see a lot of clothes lines. I almost drove off the road one day after seeing some of the biggest white cotton panties EVER hanging out in the front yard. That’s a bold move. But they always have their laundry in by dinner time and the clothes line taken down. A place for everything and everything in its place.
References:The mother nature network The hilly billy housewife
More info:Tune in, Turn off, Hang up Wiki – How to dry your clothes
After seeing this on The Colbert report I was very disheartened, as well as amused, Colbert’s a funny guy. Have a nice weekend!