Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fresh scent linens

In some communities outdoor clotheslines are forbidden yet if you have lines yourself, when you bring the laundry in, doesn't it have the most wonderful fresh scent?
 Not having any space for a traditional long double line or even the umbrella type, this accordion style from Lee Valley attached to the brick wall outside the kitchen door works well for me.
 I've always used wooden clothespins but the steel rods are too large and I broke quite a few.  This year in the Lee Valley catalogue I found stainless steel pins made in Italy.
They're perfect and have a lifetime guarantee.  The only issue I have with them is, if you look at the middle photo, I keep mine on a window ledge in a plastic container.  Since this faces east, some mornings I open the box and the pins are too hot to handle.  A small price to pay for laundry happiness. ♥
Do you have an outdoor clothesline, what type of pins do you use?  
Disclaimer:  I'm not paid by Lee Valley to promote their products, as a gardener I've purchased from them for years and find some neat things for the home too that I like to share.

22 comments:

  1. Hi Judith. I love the smell of laundry after it has been on the line. Sometimes I even dry my sheets by laying them over a lavender bush. I bought one of those little lines that you pull out and hook at the end, but I haven't put it up yet. I love the beautiful clothes pins. They look so elegant..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  2. I would love a clothesline - haven't had one for years but think about it! I sure miss the smell of sheets huge on the line! Maybe when we retire!

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  3. A simple clothes line brings back memories of my momma hanging laundry. I haven't had a clothes line in years and I do miss it. Here, though, cloths hung out to dry would not smell like French Lavender--try sheep feed lot and onion, the local farm projects.

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  4. My Mom would hang hers up all the time outside and I did too when we lived in our last house. I love the smell of them. I can't do it here because one of our neighbor has 3 dogs and on a hot day you can imagine what we smell. Would not what to hang clothes out than. HA! HA!

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  5. I have a long line that stretches from the house to high up in a tree. I hang laundry nearly every weekend, and always try to line-dry sheets. This is a challenge in our damp winters, but on a windy day in the winter I'm out there with the clothes pegs, and most summer weekends find the line full too.

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  6. I like that clothesline. I saw them before and didn't get one as I really don't have the space to put it.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  7. I use a similar clothes line with plastic pegs. Love fresh laundry smell too. I love the first night getting into bed when the linen has been freshly laundered. For some reason I always get a better nights sleep

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  8. Sheets do smell wonderful after drying outdoors. I have a Brabantia umbrella style clothesline (made in The Netherlands). There is a spike in the ground with a cap to keep the rain out. Pop off the cap and the clothesline sits in that when in use. Then I close it and tuck it in the shed until I next need it. As for pegs, I use wooden ones. The metal ones look pretty snazzy!
    -Karen

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  9. Hi, I use an outdoor line in the back of my garden, which is on the south. I use plastic and wooden pegs.
    I have a line that can be pulled out and which exists of 6 lines. The other side where the lines are attached you can hang on two hooks. When the wash is dry the lines go back in the holder, which is only 40 cm wide and about 8 com heigh.
    I love the smell of outside dried laundry ; )

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  10. I love the smell of fresh outdoor sun! It's so wonderful to see..

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  11. I love the fresh scent and sunshine heat of laundry on the line. I haven't done that in years though. Sunny hugs!

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  12. I don't hang out any laundry, but our neighbor right off our back deck, hangs out laundry all the time. Hers is an umbrella style.

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  13. Now that would be an answer to a dilemma for a lot of folks. I would like to hang out some laundry, but I never know when certain of my neighbors will begin burning. That is not such a pleasant smell on fresh laundry. Those are wonderful big pins...I like them so well that I am trying to think of other ways to use them.

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  14. Dear Judith,
    I use the dryer but love the scent of laundry hanging outside. Good for you. Sweet smelling and good memories.
    Ruthie from Lady B's

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  15. I have seen these types of clotheslines and wondered where one could get them. It's a great idea! I just hung towels on the line today. I love the fresh smell.

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  16. Mmmmm, I could actually smell fresh clean laundry coming from this post! :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  17. This WAS on my to-do list this summer but never got done. Nothing like fresh linens off the clothesline!

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  18. How cool! We love Lee Valley products!

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  19. Growing up I loved hanging up laundry and taking it down so i could smell that amazing scent.

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  20. What an amazing scent, especially for bed linens! I like your clothesline, Judith. Hope your wknd is going well.
    Hugs, Beth

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  21. I don't have a clothesline but have often thought it would be nice to have one. Yours is simply charming -- no surprise -- and I loved hearing about the new clothespins you found!

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  22. I have a clothesline in the back yard. It was here when I bought the house. Since I moved here and started planting bushes and such I have limited my space for drying as a large bush grows through the line in one area and a tree in another. But I still use the remaining space to line dry sheets and bedding and to air quilts. So...wooden pins ! :)

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