If you’ve followed us, you’ll know we are big on doing a few things the old fashioned way. There is a reason for that. Simpler sometimes is better. Like the way we do laundry.
Matouk, the renown linen, bedding and towel company, asked us and The Laundry at Linens Limited on why we line dry our laundry. Here’s what we had to say:
How to Line-Dry Your Linens
There are two views of line-drying linens. One is the elegant image of sheets— held up by old-fashioned clothespins and buoyed by the breeze—with their sun-dried, air-kissed softness. (See image above.) The other is the one where your neighbors accuse you of sullying your lawn (and therefore the neighborhood) with your laundry.
Yes, there is a time and a place to line-dry your linens—the backyard may be better than the front, and for small-space dwellers, there are some great indoor options. Or else maybe you have some really understanding neighbors! Because the benefits to line-drying your linens are plentiful.
We spoke to two laundry experts to learn the do’s and don’ts of line-drying:
As the owner of E. Braun & Co. in West Hollywood, CA and The Laundry at Linens Limited, a fine laundry and linens restoration service in Milwaukee, Liz Barbatelli has over 25 years of experience in caring for linens—not to mention she’s a line-drying devotee.
The founder of The Daily Basics and a former editor at Better Homes & Gardens, Cynthia Bogart is passionate about “cultivating traditions” for a healthier, cleaner lifestyle—even when it means taking a little more time. “My kids do not know any different from fresh, air-dried clothes and sheets, the beds made neatly every day, homemade meals from scratch with good ingredients, and cooking from our garden. To me, it is just the right thing to do,” she says.
Here’s what Liz and Cynthia had to say about line-drying:
and then go take a look at what Matouk has to offer. Their linens are gorgeous, luxurious and yes, more expensive -but in the long run, they will save you money because quality lasts a lifetime.