Any tips for preventing stiff clothes when drying outdoors?
When it's 100 degrees outside I just could no longer put my clothes in an electric dryer so I got a clothes line. Only problem seems to be that they are stiff when dried and the towels are scratchy (like a cheap motel). I am using the same Tide detergent and Downey fabric treatment like always. What do I need to change?
Justification for why this is repair-related:
- Drying clothes outside reduces wear on them, make them last longer.
- I think this goes with the spirit of the site in green energy use.
This is a very common issue, from what I hear. Here are five solutions from about.com:
- Add a cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle to help dissolve the laundry detergent.
- Cut the amount of detergent that you use. Half the recommended amount is usually plenty.
- Run your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes, before putting them out on the line.
- Shake out your clothes before hanging them.
- Hang your clothes out on a windy day.