Cultivate Simple Podcast in iTunes Chiot's Run on Facebook Chiot's Run on Twitter Chiot's Run on Pinterest Chiot's Run on Flickr RSS Feed StumbleUpon

Solar Dryer Back Up and Running

February 19th, 2011

It’s been so nice the past couple days (in the high 50’s & low 60’s) I washed and dried a few loads of laundry – outside, on the line.

This is what my clothesline looked like a few weeks ago when that big ice storm came through.

Yesterday it was lined with kitchen towels and rags instead of ice. It’s going to get cold again, but I think I’ll have at least one warm day each week I can plan to line dry on that day.

It’s always a good feeling when you can line dry the clothes again. The towels smelled so fresh when I folded them after they had dried. There’s just something about the laundry when the sun and the wind dry them.

Do you line dry any laundry? Can you do it all year long?

Fresh Laundry

May 1st, 2010

I’ve always been picky about my towels and sheets. I never quite knew why it was that I couldn’t stand fabric softener or fragrance when it comes to laundry, particularly sheets and towels. I always felt like towels and sheets didn’t feel “clean” or something when they were washed with fabric softener (and let’s not even get started on overwhelming fragrances). I feel like towels with fabric softener don’t dry or soak up water and hate the feeling when using them. I always described the feeling I was looking for as “crispy”. Then a few years ago I started drying my laundry outside and realized why.

I grew up with line dried clothes. We lived in South America where it was hot and dry. We line dried the clothes so the cotton sheets and towels got that stiff feeling. That’s what I love. I noticed that the towels are kind of scratchy when I get them off the line and I love it! I feel like they actually dry instead of just the smearing water around.

They also smell fantastic, or actually don’t smell of anything, which is wonderful. Now that it’s warm, I am able to have crispy sheets and towels again – and how great it is!

And besides, laundry looks wonderful drying in the garden, who needs garden art when you’ve got fresh laundry on the line.

So what about you, any weird laundry issues? Do you line dry any laundry?

A Different Kind of Flower

November 7th, 2008

In an effort to be a little more environmentally friendly, Mr Chiot’s and I have been drying our laundry outside this summer. At first we were apprehensive since Mr Chiot’s has terrible allergies, but the outdoor drying didn’t make them any worse.

I’m going to miss this chore, it’s always such a peaceful time. I’m also going to miss all the extra colorful flowers in the gardens (the kind I don’t have to weed & water).

Am I going to hang my clothes indoors during the winter? Probably not. We don’t have space here in our little home. So I’ll be retiring my clothes line and clothes pins here pretty soon until the weather warms up a bit next spring.

Anyone else drying clothes in the gardens this summer?

Reading & Watching

Shop through these links and I get a few cents each time. It's not much, but it allows me to buy a new cookbook or new gardening book every couple months. I appreciate your support!


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.