Since You Asked: Zen and the art of laundry maintenance

Am I the only one left who hangs her laundry out on a line to dry? I know I'm the only one where I work who does this.

Yes, it's a tad more work. But there is a Zen to it. It's energy-efficient, and there's nothing like the fresh smell. Sheets will smell fresh four months later, recalling summer with a simple whiff. Some communities even prohibit clotheslines. I will continue to hang clothes out. What do you think?

— Gloria E., Ashland

So Gloria, those sheets that smell fresh for four months, they're not on the bed, right?

Uh, yes, yes. You are in fact the only one left who hangs her laundry out to dry, though some members of our SYA Elite Bachelor Squadron dry their clothes right in the washer. Just open the lid, and voila, couple days later they're dry. A bit wrinkly and with a slight sour-milk odor, but we find something nicely Tao about it.

OK. What we think is that there's an avid subculture or group for just about anything you can think of, including clotheslines. International Clothesline Week, as registered in the Chase's Calendar of Events, starts the first Saturday in June each year. Advocates say that although you can hang stuff inside or out, out is better. They suggest that you ask at least one other person to hang stuff outside. Grow the hanging movement, as it were.

They claim you'll save around 100 kilowatt hours of electricity a month. And clothes not only smell fresh, they last longer.

Er, that is until a flock of impolite and incontinent birds show up in your backyard. But then you get to mimic the cycle of life and start over by rewashing everything!

You can find more at online. You go, girl.

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