During the summer it easy to conserve energy and money by hanging your clothes outside to dry. But, what about the winter or HOA's that do not allow outdoor clotheslines? If you are lucky to have an unfinished basement like me, And yes I said lucky. Most people consider finished basements a bonus, but I prefer a raw space. It is a great workspace, storage area, and place for the kids to hang out without worrying about mess. you can bring your clothesline inside.
When I first considered having an indoor line I searched the internet and found all different types.
Garage Door Line
None of these applications suited my needs. The retractable line would have entailed drilling holes in concrete. The ceiling mount would have clothes hanging for all to see immediately entering the mudroom. No good place for the wall mount. The freestanding would work, but I have a fairly large amount of laundry and do not feel like constantly pulling it out and putting it away. Leaving it out would just be in the way. No garage door either, not like that anyway. Plus, there is the price!
I finally realized my local hardware store would have all I need. Once I decided on a good location, in the basement where it is warm in the winter and out of sight/the way, it was only a matter of six eye screws, three turnbuckles, and line.
- Screw the eye bolts into floor joists.
- Attach line to one end.
- Place turnbuckles on other end.
- Attach line to turnbuckles.
- Tighten line.
- Hang clothes!
Right now I have three lines. If that proves to not be enough I can simply add more. I had left over clothesline from my outdoor line. The eye screws and turnbuckles cost $29.66. So for under 30 bucks and I can dry my clothes for free year round. Line drying combined with power strips shaved $60 a month off my summer electric bill! I do not know that I can ever bring myself to use my dryer again. Well, except for fluffing. My family complains if the clothes are crunchy. So once they have dried on line I throw them in the dryer and air fluff/no heat for ten minutes. They come out soft and there is no whining.
Plus, if you read I Need a Staycation then you know about my trip to the hospital to get the head of a tick removed from my side. I have a scar to remember the moment. I saw a sign in a bar once that read, "Check you Chick for Ticks." For all you outdoor line dryers out there, this one's for you!