Love On The ClothesLine : baby kisses on laundry day


baby likes fresh air and periwinkle skies
so I dry them knickers and skirts on a clothesline
baby smiles on laundry day, mighty fine
cuz I put my love on the line

it takes several power plants to dry america's clothes,
polluting air, land, water close to our homes
clothes dryer monsters electric and gas
they're a pain in the planet's biomass

baby likes pleased trees and turquoise hills
so I dry our socks and undies on the windowsill
baby hugs on laundry day, mighty fine
cuz I put my love on the twine

even in the cold and rain, it's fun to hang outside
our threads last longer and stay cuddly nice
then on really rainy days, we do it inside
on hangers, chairs, drying racks, for all the life

baby likes sweet streams and oceans sublime
so I dry our sheets and hankies on a clothesline
baby kisses on laundry day, mighty fine
cuz I put my love on the line

On The Clothesline / stele cc

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About 1.5 square meters of habitat potential is saved every time a clothesline is used instead of a gas or electric clothes dryer. This does not include the loss of habitat due to the climate change impact of using the gas or electric clothes dryer. [XOEarth.org/ecofx-clothes-dryer]

US clothes dryers use around 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year per household. That's close to 4% of the 11,000 kilowatt hours of electricity used per year by most households. Therefore, if we all start using clotheslines, it will be like turning off about 4% of the power plants that are needed to produce energy for US households.

Since U.S. homes use about 20% of the energy generated by electric power plants, it would reduce the pollution put out by all of the U.S. power plants by ~1%. [www.eia.gov]

Plus, this does not include the additional impact of homes that use natural gas dryers!

More info about clothelines is at:
The environmental impact of a clothes dryer and a clothes line [ecofx]
Wikipedia
Project Laundry List
Clotheslines Stage a Comeback [NY Times]
Letting It All Hang Out: The Clothesline Wars
Why Hang Dry?

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Hello XOEarth Friends,
Come do the Clothesline dance and singalong with Stele *XOEarth Man* on the mall in Boulder twice a month. It's a little celebration of the clothesline's power to protect our air, water and land.

Bring some clothes to hang - and clothespins if you have some. We will supply the clothesline and some clothespins.

I would like to write a special clothesline dance song too. Who wants to help with this one?
For all the life, Stele Ely

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chords:
.baby likes fresh air and periwinkle .skies /d em
so I .dry them knickers and skirts on a .clothesline /g d
(my/yea) .baby smiles on laundry day, mighty .fine /d em
cuz I .put my love. on the .line /g a d

it takes several .power plants to dry america's .clothes, /c am d
.polluting .air, land, water .close to our .homes /em a g a
.clothes dryer .monsters .electric and .gas /em a em a
.they're a pain in the. .planet's biomass /em a g d

.baby likes pleased trees and turquoise hills /d em
so I .dry our socks and undies on the .windowsill / g d
.baby hugs on laundry day, mighty .fine /d em
cuz I .put my love. on the .twine /g a d

.even in the .cold and rain, it's fun to hang out.side /c am d
our threads last .longer .and stay cuddly .nice /em a g a
.then on really rainy .days, .we do it in.side /em a em a
.on hangers, .chairs, drying racks, for .all the .life /em a g d

.baby likes sweet streams and oceans sub.lime /d em
so I .dry our sheets and hankies on a .clothesline /g d
.baby kisses on laundry day, mighty .fine /d em
cuz I .put my .love on the .line /g a d

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Thanks to Greg Miller and Valerie Stuart for help on this song.

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19 thoughts on “Love On The ClothesLine : baby kisses on laundry day

  • SteleEly Post author

    Via Harry Albert:: Small heaters generally have a fan-only (no heat) setting, which I find greener and quite helpful for stirring moist air away from clothes hanging indoors. The fan uses far less energy than the heater function does.
    And because my shower area has its windows shut for winter (covered with bubble wrap) I find it useful, after using the shower, to run the little heater on fan-only in that room to dry out the shower stall and hanging towel so at to avoid mildew/mold.. a few hours suffices.
    Recipe for stowable indoor clothesline: two small screw-eyes. Two small ess-hooks (shaped like letter S.) A length of kite string (Into the Wind has nice dacron, which is PET). Optionally squeeze one end of each S into a closed loop. Install the screw eyes in wooden trim (they would pull out of drywall).. driving in a nail then pulling it out will make a starter hole for a screw eye. Tie the string to the closed-loops of the ess hooks so that the open ends of the hooks can clip into the screw eyes and hold the string tight. When not in use, clothes line can be unhooked at one end and that ess hung on the other eye, or unhooked at both ends and stowed elsewhere.

    Harry also recommends this read:
    Hanging Out Day: …Project Laundry List’s efforts on April 19th to educate communities about energy consumption, “Right to Dry” legislation, and most importantly, how to save money and energy by utilizing a clothesline.
    Hanging Out Day is [a day] that individuals hang their clothes on a clothesline, with messages on sheets or T-shirts so that everyone will see them, and discuss your statement.
    https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/hanging-ou

  • Bonnie

    We've started a Love on the Line campaign in Boulder for Earth Month 2016 ….to spread by each of us turning someone onto hanging their clothes out!. Our C3 Culture Climate Collaboration meeting with you, me and a group of inspired people got it going. Anyone can join the campaign and share ideas … like posting hanging clothes photos on Facebook, in Laundromats, etc.

  • SteleEly Post author

    Treehugger excerpt: Hanging laundry has many benefits. You don’t have to use the dryer, which saves significantly on electricity. It keeps clothes in much better condition. Think about the lint trap; that’s really just bits of your clothing, which weaken with every drying session. Better to treat them kindly by hanging to dry. They will last longer.

    MoreHang-drying is fast, too. When I hang clothes on a summer morning, they dry by mid-afternoon. In the winter, I hang them in the evening on a rack inside the house, and they are dry by morning; they also help humidify the air in the room. … http://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/how

  • SteleEly Post author

    My super Mom sent me this::
    Clothesline News Forecast / by Charlie Walker in Welcome To My World Of Proper Poetryhttp://www.lulu.com/spotlight/cwys07307
    To neighbors passing by,
    There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to
    dry.
    It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew
    If company had stopped on by, to spend a night or two.
    For then you'd see the "fancy sheets", And towels upon the
    line;
    You'd see the "company table cloths", With intricate designs.
    The line announced a baby's birth, From folks who lived
    inside,
    As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with
    pride!
    The ages of the children could, So readily be known
    By watching how the sizes changed, You'd know how much they'd
    grown!
    It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung;
    Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.
    It also said, "On vacation now", When lines hung limp and
    bare.
    It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged, With not an inch to
    spare!
    New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and
    gray,
    As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other
    way.
    But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work much
    less.
    Now what goes on inside a home, Is anybody's guess!
    I really miss that way of life, It was a friendly sign
    When neighbors knew each other best… By what hung on the
    line.

  • mama kummerle

    I have been drying my clothes on the line and inside draped on anything since my two kids were babies using cloth diapers, two in diapers at a time, and then while caring for my incontinent mother. It is a great way to center in on one thing over time that can be done to help the planet. Plant some beautiful plants and flowers by your line. I have observed many birds including a beautiful underlit glance of an owl flying to my neighbors roof, it is a wonderful way to escape the hectic house for a good reason, has kept me sane. TRY THIS, PIN ONE TO THREE CLOTHES PINS ON YOUR HAT OR CLOTHES ANY TIME YOU GO SOMEWHERE, IF ANY ONE ASKS WHY, YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO HANG SOME CLOTHES LINE LOVE…TO PLANT THE SEEDS OF CHANGE, WHO KNOWS YOU MY START ONE PERSON HANGING THEIR CLOTHES OVER A LIFETIME. thanks, mama kummerle

  • SteleEly Post author

    Alexander Lee founded Project Laundry List as a Middlebury College undergrad in 1995, after hearing Dr. Helen Caldicott say we could shut down the nuclear industry if we all did things like hang out our clothes. He’s been true to the cause ever since, pushing for clotheslines across the land — even at the White House. Grist caught up with him to find out how hanging out can make for better neighborhoods, what clotheslines have to do with climate change, and why laundry stigmas are as persistent as wine stains.
    http://grist.org/article/2009-11-12-alex-lee-clot

  • SteleEly Post author

    Via *Project Laundry List*
    10) Save money :: You can save more than $25/month off the monthly electric bill for many households.
    9) Clothes last longer :: Where do you think lint comes from?
    8) Pleasant Scent :: Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment. Yankee Candle thinks so, too…
    7) Saves Energy, Preserves Environment, Reduces Pollution :: Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change. Learn how!
    6) Healthy Work :: It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside. You can even lose weight!
    5) Get the Sunshine Treatment :: Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.
    4) Replace another appliance :: Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.
    3) Avoid a Fire :: Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.
    2) It is fun! :: And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.
    1) It is truly patriotic :: Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don't have to wait for the government to take action! http://www.laundrylist.org/

  • SteleEly Post author

    Via Tony (Mr. Energy) Mitchell at http://www.conservect.org/energy/Conservation/Clo… … Knowing that any appliance that heats something with electrical resistance (dishwasher, water heater, oven, toaster etc) is inherently inefficient, I did a few calculations for the dryer. I recorded the electric meter readings before and after using the dryer, adding the kWh used from the street to the kWh produced from the solar panels making sure everything else in the house was off or that I could account for it. 3 kWh for a 40 minutes dryer load, or 4.5 kWh per hour of use. $0.69 of Clean Energy Option electricity per load. In my house, thats $251.85 a year. If we did not get our power from renewable solar or wind from our own panels or from Community Energy or Sterling Planet, we'd pump a couple tons of greenhouse gasses into the air from the power plants just drying clothes. http://www.conservect.org/energy/Conservation/Clo

  • SteleEly Post author

    excerpt via Grist http://grist.org/living/ask-umbra-are-clothesline
    People are complaining about clotheslines in Brooklyn? What’s next, lamenting that there are too many cowboy hats in Dallas, or too many cows in Vermont? I know Brooklyn has experienced some serious gentrification in recent years, but it strikes me as a wee bit unrealistic for your boyfriend’s tenants to think life in Bensonhurst or any other urban neighborhood would be uncluttered by other people’s realities — and yes, that includes their underwear.

    As far as I can tell, and as decades of photographs seem to indicate (including those collected for an exhibit celebrating the role of clotheslines in the city), these items are such a part of life in New York that no one has ever thought to regulate them. Just to be sure, I did some digging on your behalf.

    We should consider clotheslines just one of the many things our forebears did right. Why? For starters, your clothes last longer if you air dry them instead of using a dryer. Clotheslines also save money and energy: Dryers are among our most energy-sucking household appliances, second only to the refrigerator. Line-drying can save an estimated $25 a month off your electric bill, says Project Laundry List, which offers a load of other reasons to hang your laundry out to dry.

    Yet there are still plenty of places where clotheslines are banned. And your boyfriend’s building could probably be among them, if he wanted to play the heavy: New York is not one of the 20 or so states that legally protect the “right to dry,” which means landlords and community associations can, to some extent, make their own rules. The housing official I consulted also said anything that blocks fire escapes or emergency exits can be considered a concern.

  • SteleEly Post author

    Via 'A Fine Line: The Art of the Clothesline' article with some great clothesline pics. : Living in New York City, one becomes accustomed to the grey area between public and private space. Intimate details are exposed through the most mundane daily tasks. Laundry is one of those inevitable rituals that most New Yorkers have to perform in public. Before laundromats, the clothesline was an intrinsic component of the urban landscape. It is impossible to imagine the archetypal tenement building complete without several strands of white linen connecting each structure. http://mcnyblog.org/2012/08/07/a-fine-line-the-ar

  • SteleEly Post author

    'Love On The Line' version without chords and period cues:

    baby likes fresh air and periwinkle skies
    so I dry them knickers and skirts on a clothesline
    (my/yea) baby smiles on laundry day, mighty fine
    cuz I hang my love on the line

    it takes several power plants to dry america’s clothes,
    polluting air, land, water close to our homes
    clothes dryer monsters electric and gas
    they’re a pain in the planet’s biomass

    baby likes pleased trees and turquoise hills
    so I dry our socks and undies on the windowsill
    baby hugs on laundry day, mighty fine
    cuz I put my love on the twine

    even in the cold and snow, it’s fun to hang outside
    our threads last longer and stay cuddly nice
    then on rainy days, we do it inside
    on hangers, chairs, drying racks, for all the life

    baby likes sweet streams and oceans sublime
    so I dry our sheets and hankies on a clothesline
    baby kisses on laundry day, mighty fine
    cuz I hang our love on the line

  • SteleEly Post author

    I am not advocating gas or electric clothes dryers by this comment.
    However, I found a little on the web about using a clothes dryer without heat — which might be more ecological. One woman did note that "One of our comforters specifies air dry only. Being very light and cloud-like, it does actually dry pretty quickly without heat." Another person said regarding the "Air Dry Function on Dryer", that "Takes a while, but it will [dry clothing]. Similar in time to simply setting the item out on a rack, but there is forced airflow through the dryer."
    So, I think the effectiveness of using a clothes dryer without heat depends on the relative humidity of the ambient air. So on dryer days it should work better.

  • caitlin

    Hey voxerth!

    This is Caitlin from Pearl street. My friend and I sang "On The Clothes Line" with you out on pearl street the other weekend. I was wondering when your going to post the video that we made with you?