Here Are The Grandma’s Rules For Drying Clothes

Back in the past, washing was usually done with soap (or flakes) and washboard in a washing tub. Some households may have a ringtone, which helps reduce drying time. Even with the advent of electric washing machines, many people do not have enough space or money to buy clothes dryers.Considering that everyone already has a clothesline, this seems to be an unnecessary luxury. In any case, the real work is in washing and ironing. In addition, nothing smells like clothes dried on a clothesline. At the time, there were many rules about how to hang clothes.

These Rules Save Time and Money

These rules are to save time and money. If you don’t follow these rules, you are likely to be severely talked about by your mother or grandma.

1950s mother and daughter hanging out clothes together

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1) Before Hanging Clothes On The Clothesline, You Must Wipe The Clothesline First

This ritual helps to ensure that there is no dust or dirt on the line, so as not to leave marks when clean clothes touch.

clothespins left outside on the line

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2) Socks Should Be Hung On Toes

Hanging them in this way means that the ankles will not stretch very quickly.

laundry day in town, 1950sVia/ Flickr

3) Sheets are hung on the outer edges of the lines and intimates and unmentionables in the middle.

The delicates always were hung on the inside and large items like sheets, blankets, and towels on the sides.

Doing so can conceal the neighbor’s view of your family underwear.

laundry hanging on clotheslineVia/ Flickr

4) Like Colors Are To Be Hung Together

The white sheets and linen are always hung together, and the colors are always hung together, so that even if something bleeds, it will not damage the well-bleached items.

black and white photo of a 1940s woman hanging out laundryVia/ Flickr

5) Shirts Should Be Hung By The Tails, Not The Shoulders

A small crimp at the tail from a clothespin could quickly be ironed out or easily hidden by tucking in the shirt when worn.However, strange bumps on the shoulders require more work to get out, and it is best to avoid them completely by simply hanging the shirt upside down.

clothes hanging on clothesline in the breezeVia/ Flickr

6) Each Item Must Share A Clothespin With Its Neighbors

This is done to save costs, because clothespins are easy to lose and often need to be replaced anyway. Many women wash a lot of clothes for their families with just a dozen clothespins. The motto as always: “Waste not, want not”.

clothes and rags neatly hung on clotheslineVia/ Flickr

7) No Matter The Temperature, Clothes Can Be Hung Out

It doesn’t matter if there is snow on the ground or the temperature is freezing-the clothes are hung up anyway. It is not suitable to do housework in winter, but you can prevent clothes from staining the interior. If hung by fire, the danger of washing is that it will be stained with coal or smoke, smell like smoke, or mold if it is not dried well.

black and white photo of two women hanging out laundry in the snow

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8) Clothespins Are Always Inside

If you were told to bring the pegs in and you didn’t then you were most definitely In Trouble. Again, wasting things wasn’t an option and so lost pegs was extremely frustrating experience for women of generations past. Frugality was something to be mindful of at each and every chore so that no money or resources were accidentally frittered away.

clothespins left outside on the lineVia/ Unsplash

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