(Closed) Line-drying laundry, how to keep soft?

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Post # 3
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Do you have hard water?

Do you use a fabric softener in your wash load?

Post # 4
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t tried it because I always dry clothes in the dryer, but I’ve heard vinegar in the wash load will help keep if soft when you line-dry.

Post # 5
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hang almost all my clothes to dry (after washing in cold water). The only items with which I have any issues in terms of stiffness are jeans, so for those I typically throw them into the dryer for a couple minutes with some dryer balls after they’ve hung to dry.

I think if you’re having issues with stiff clothing it has more to do with your water and you may want to consider adding something to the wash to help soften the water somewhat (not sure what though…sorry).

Post # 6
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Fabric softener 

Post # 7
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Usually stiff washing occurs because you have not washed all the detergant out so maybe try cutting back on that. It is recommended to only use half the amount you are told to on the packet.

Vinegar in the wash is also supposed to work.

I live in Australia and 100% line dry and have never had a stiffness problem save demin jeans but a quick iron gets rid of that.

Post # 8
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i’ve heard the vinegar thing also… but i’ve also read to try baking soda in the water.  it works as a ph balancer.. so i think the pH of your water will determine whether you should use vinegar or baking soda… as a side note… a capful of vinegar in with your clothes will prevent any inks from bleeding. it’s how i keep all my dark jeans dark. 

Post # 9
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Whenever we line dry, I always take it off the line and “fluff” them in the dryer for 10 min. That usually works for me! I know it seems like it negates the whole line drying process, but that way you don’t use the dryer for an hour or more, still get the nice outside smell, but can get the softness back by just doing the small fluffing process.

Post # 10
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

When I line-dry my clothes I’ll take them off the line then crinkle them for a second.  Bunching them up helps to remove the stiffness and makes it more soft…at least that’s my experience.

Post # 11
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I use fabric softener, and give the clothing a good shake out too before and after Smile

Also, sometimes I find that clothing and towels get hard when they’ve been in direct sunlight, so I try to hang certain things in the shade 🙂

Post # 12
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My parents line dry everything three seasons a year and they don’t use fabric softener or any chemicals other than detergent.  The trick is to put everything in the dryer (or the things that you care about being stiff- my tshirts are usually fine for example) on “air fluff” or the no heat setting for 5 minutes.  Then hang it up.  Nothing will be stiff. 

Post # 13
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I line dry most of our stuff on a drying rack from Ikea because our building charges you to use the washer and dryer and the dryer sucks. Like PP said, use a little less detergent and shake them out as you hang, and also before you fold.

The only things I do in the dryer now are towels and sheets/blankets because I like my towels fluffy and I need to get the pet hair off the bedding 🙂

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