As the weather is just starting to change enough that I noticed my neighbor has stopped putting her laundry on a clothesline, it made me think about how I would dry laundry in a SHTF situation. I have clothespins but don’t have a proper laundry line, so I will be adding that to my survivalist prep list.
I know many people plan to “make do” when it comes to drying clothes, placing them over fences or bushes. But clothes dried that way do not dry as quickly, plus you need to think about slivers, needles etc embedding itself into your clothes. Last thing you need to worry about when you are trying to survive is the fact you dried your underwear on the wooden fence and ended up embedding a sliver in your butt!
Clothespins come in wooden or plastic, wooden ones can leave dark marks on clothes and some of the cheaper made ones (ie. dollar store quality) can fall apart rather quickly. If you go with wooden ones, make sure they are quality. Plastic ones come in a wide variety from your bargain basic to fancy, looking like traditional clothespins or even padded ones to protect delicate clothing (which won’t be as much of an issue with SHTF situation, preventing damage on a silky skirt won’t be high up on clothes you wear!)
You can also secure a clothesline to an outside of a house on the second story if you are concerned about theft, or with a pully style clothesline can be attached from a second story window and a nearby tall tree or other building. And it can be used simply for airing out clothes/bedding/etc when you cannot afford to use the water to wash anything.
Don’t forget clothespins have a ton of other uses than simply hanging clothes on a clothesline.
You can pickup clothesline and pins for under $10. Or if your BOL has a huge amount of property where theft isn’t as great of an issue, you might want to invest in an umbrella style clothes hanger like this one: