All the ways that I have failed at laundry could fill the library of Congress with books.
From failed homemade soaps, to not using the right temperature water, to drying a 100% wool sweater, I’ve made all the mistakes with it. Of course, what I have failed to do “correctly” at hanging up laundry could easily fill several books as well. Here are some of the ways of how to fail at hanging up laundry. Again, we need to learn from our mistakes, and be able to do something differently in order to improve, right? Most of these “failures” can easily be debatable based on personal opinion, but I am sharing what I found didn’t work for me.
Hanging up shirts wrong.
What I have found is that when you hang wet shirts by the shoulders to dry, you get those odd “crease” marks in them when you take them down. I prefer to hang them up either by the end or put the shirts directly on a hanger then put the hanger on the line. This also makes it easy when it comes time to put away, as each family member can grab their hangers and place in closets.
Hanging pants by the waist.
Again, you get that weird “crease” in the waistband when you go to put them on. I found that if you hang them up by the legs, just at the opening of the ankle, that gets reduced. An added bonus is that I can easily fit an entire week’s worth of jeans for my whole family on 2 lines, since it takes up less space that way.
Leaving the clothes on the line all night.
You may not consider this an issue where you live, but for some reason when I do, the next day, they are covered with bugs. And, I am not sure what kind of bugs they are. Fleas, maybe? It just creeps me out, and I wind up rewashing them. Especially towels. I tried shaking them off, but they didn’t want to get off there. Yuck. So, I make sure that I have all the laundry on the line by 2 PM to give it plenty of time to dry and be taken inside at night.
And, my favorite failure.
This has to be using cheap clothespins. You know, the plastic kind that are $1 for like 200 of them? Sure, they may be cheap upfront, but they are truly cheap. They don’t last, and you wind up wasting money. The cheaper wooden ones are a bit better, but still don’t last more than a season or two. This can be turned around, though.
They are handmade, right here in the USA, from maple that doesn’t “bleed” into clothes. They are a beautiful color, and are sure to be a family heirloom. Here’s one of my favorite parts, though. They are upcycled from guitar building materials! Now, how cool is that??? I love how strong and durable they are, too.
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