Line drying your laundry saves a lot of energy and money. It’s even pretty good exercise as you hang out your clothes, not to mention carrying damp laundry from the washing machine to the backyard.
There’s just one problem. Not everything dries nice, soft and comfortable to use.
Jeans and towels are notorious for this. They usually feel stiff and crunchy when you pull them off the line.
How can you get rid of the crunchies?
Take Them Down Damp
The simplest solution is to let them dry most of the way on the line, but take them down while they’re still a little bit damp and throw them into the dryer. It won’t take long to dry them and you’re still saving energy.
The towels and jeans will feel as though they’d spent the entire time in the dryer. No more nasty crunchy feeling.
If they’re dry, you can still throw crunchy items into the dryer and just give them a few minute on the No Heat or Air cycle of your dryer. The motion will break up much of the crunchiness.
Add Baking Soda to the Washing Machine
Baking soda works as a water softener, and can help your towels and jeans to dry softer as well if it has been used in the water. They won’t get completely soft this way, but it may decrease the crunchy sensation enough.
You can also add vinegar to the rinse, which should help to soften everything.
Don’t use fabric softener on towels; it’s bad for their ability to absorb water, which is kind of contrary to the whole point of using a towel to dry yourself.
Double Them Up
Many people say that if you fold the towels in half to line dry them or hang two together, they will not be as stiff when they dry. The reason is that they tend to be less stiff if they dry more slowly.
Give Them a Snap
Some swear by this method. Give the towels and jeans a snap before hanging them on the line, maybe another when they’re about halfway dry, if you remember. This helps to limit how crunchy they get.
Get Used to It
Some people actually like their towels a little crunchy. It’s a feeling you can get used to.
Same for jeans. The crunchy feeling decreases as the jeans get older as well, so the problem may not be serious for long.
Give a few solutions a try and see what works for you. Your results may vary due to the weather you’re having, the age of your towels and jeans, and the hardness of your local water.