01 May 2013
Caring for my solar clothes dryer.
Solar clothes dryers. Honestly, that term makes me roll my eyes a little. The humble, but effective clothes line has been around for centuries. Apparently it needed rebranded into something "cool". Let's just get it straight: a solar clothes dryer is nothing more than a clothes line.
And you know how I love my clothes line.
There is a little bit of care that needs done to the clothes line each year. And I do mean a little bit.
Each year, once the weather starts warming up I head outside with a rag and a bucket of vinegar and water mixed 50/50. I simply wet my rag and wipe the lines. Over the winter a lot of grime can build up on it. It's good practice to give your lines a quick swipe about once a month.
Now is the perfect time to tighten those lines if need be. Since my lines were built by my electrical lineman husband, I don't have the physical strength to tighten them. My old line was as simple as untying the line and tightening it back or turning the screw. Don't think I'm complaining about my current line - it is a beast! After seven years of use, this will be the first time it's sagging and that's more from children swinging on it than from laundry. Ronnie can build an awesome clothes line!
Now that your lines are clean and tight, the only thing left to do is check your pins and see if you need any new ones. I try my best to not leave my pins on the line. It wears them out too quickly.
That's it! It's ready to go for another year.
No wonder solar dryers are all the rage.....
I'm linking up with Frugally Sustainable.