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Want your clothes to smell like a beautiful spring day? Save energy and skip the dryer.
Want your clothes to smell like a beautiful spring day? Save energy and skip the dryer.
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There was a time when clotheslines were commonplace in yards in just about any neighborhood. Linens were pinned to the lines and left to be dried by nature.

The clothes dryer understandably replaced the clothesline. Tossing clothes into the dryer is far easier than worrying about rainy days, grappling with clothespins and chasing clothes down the street when the wind blows them off the line.

However, the clothesline has many benefits over the dryer. Those who want to reduce use of electricity or gas are returning to clotheslines to save energy and reduce their monthly bills. A retractable clothesline can cost as little as $13, and a set of 40 pins, less than $2. You'll realize your savings after just a couple loads of laundry.

The clothesline is also friendlier to clothes. The sun kills more bacteria than the dryer, and clothes will last longer when dried by the sun. Finally, you won't need special chemical-scented sheets to make your clothes smell nice -- they'll have a fresh, sun-dried smell when you pull them off the line.


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