I am so spoiled.
For thousands of years women hand scrubbed the laundry and hung it out to dry.
What do I with my laundry? Dump it in the washer never stopping to consider that something may need to be spot treated. Then, toss everything in the dryer rarely taking time to pull out the items that shouldn’t be dried.
Laundry has become so routine to me that I miss things I shouldn’t (like the spaghetti sauce accident on my favorite skirt) and forget to be grateful for the privilege of modern technology.
Throw a kink in my routine and I’m temporarily shut down. Two weeks ago my dryer went out. No sweat, I have an extended warranty. They come out 3 days later and fix it.
I go into hyper-drive and catch up on the massive laundry backup.
3 days later the dryer stops heating again. Grrrr.
No sweat, I have an extended warranty. Unfortunately, this time they say they need to order a part. Takes 5-7 days.
My back porch is suddenly an outdoor laundry facility.
I can’t say I’ve hated the experience. It’s peaceful hanging up clothes. However, the crunchiness leaves much to be desired of this once common chore.
Maybe it’s the south Texas heat and intense sun that hardens everything up. It is nice that everything dries in a nanosecond due to the warm breeze and dry air.
It has been interesting to see what gets crunchy and what doesn’t. Towels are horrid. Eco*Posh fitteds are a nightmare.
My soft-clothes-loving husband and son are a bit annoyed but I say toughen up (unless we’re talking underwear then I sympathize).
Thankfully, my dryer isn’t completely dead. It still blows air and turns, there’s just no heat. I am able to toss in the crunchy towels, prefolds and flats and soften them up.
If this was something I had to do for an extended period of time I would try fabric softener.
Tomorrow we leave for my mom’s house and I will happily wash and dry all my cloth diapers!
Do you line dry? What is your experience with crunchiness?
Does the weather affect it? What do your clothes smell like?