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August 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Leave my laundry alone
I hang my clothes out every spring and summer, and that’s my quiet time, not to mention they smell so much nicer and my whites are a lot whiter without using bleach. [“Clothesline crusaders call laundry flap overblown,” page one, Aug. 14.]
The homeowners associations are being very dictatorial about what goes on in my fenced in backyard.
I would probably object if everyone hung their clothes out in the front yard, but most of the time, that’s not the case. I have had no complaints from my neighbors on either side of me.
I wouldn’t mind if Washington allowed clotheslines. Something has to be done with these overzealous homeowners associations. We pay for the homes we live in, not the associations.
Just leave my laundry alone.
Pat Mainella, Bellevue
August 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM
Lifelong clothesline user
Everyone had a clothesline when I was growing up. There were no dryers. The clothes flapped in the breeze, dried in the sun and froze in the winter. [“Clothesline crusaders call laundry flap overblown,” page one, Aug. 14.]
If you have not slept on fresh air- and sun-dried sheets, you are deprived. To this day, my cotton sheets are dried on my Capitol Hill clothesline. They have never seen a dryer, and they never will.
When I was 18, I traveled in Italy. I remember being delighted with the clothes lines crossing narrow streets between the buildings; lines and lines of clothes drying in the sun. There were postcards with pictures of the maze of clothes lines. It was beautiful.
If a homeowners association sees state intervention to prohibit a ban on clotheslines as an intrusion on homeowners’ rights, what about a homeowner’s rights to dry their clothes as they see fit?
Carla Becker, Seattle
August 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Clotheslines are energy-efficient, quiet
My clean clothes hanging in the sunshine in the privacy of my backyard are not “litter, trash and junk.” [“Clothesline crusaders call laundry flap overblown,” page one, Aug. 14.]
But look around at all the garage-sale signs that hang on poles for weeks after the event.
You don’t need to look in my backyard, but I have no escape from your signs posted all over town.
Clotheslines are a quiet, energy-efficient way to dry clothes. They aren’t in anyone’s way.
More people should enjoy this stress-free way of drying their clothes. I only wish I could do it year-round.
Anne Barker, Sammamish
Smelling fresh and saving energy
I am so glad someone is finally addressing this energy-saving issue.
I live in a community governed by a homeowners association. Though I am happy I am living there, they too ban clotheslines. I ignore that and still hang my wash out (weather permitting). There’s nothing like fresh-smelling sheets to sleep on.
So far, I have been lucky and have not been cited.
Renate Nelson, Maple Valley
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