Clotheslines have suddenly come back into vogue. Newfoundland and Labrador brought a breath of fresh air to Toronto this past summer with the launch of a giant clothesline superboard on the Gardiner Expressway—a first for the Toronto skyline. Meant to inspire Torontonians to “take a breather” in smog-free Newfoundland and Labrador, the ad campaign is also a timely reminder that hanging your clothes outside is not only a great way to save energy but it can look good, too.
There are many reasons for airing your clean laundry outdoors rather than using your indoor dryer all the time: gas and electric dryers are energy hogs while the wind and sun are there for the taking.
The old English “drying lawn” is even said to be enjoying a revival—drying pillowcases over lavender hedges is an old trick for encouraging a sound sleep!
**Keep reading for alternatives to traditional clotheslines strung across the yard or umbrella-style dryers that some people find unattractive in the garden:**
New clothesline picks