Doing laundry the old-fashioned way has led to some good old-fashioned neighborhood squabbles.
In order to decrease their carbon footprint, many people have decided to ditch their dryers and hang their clothes outside to dry. Sounds like good clean fun, right? Wrong. Though clotheslines are not illegal, neighbors have been complaining and bullying those attempting to go green.
Carin Froelich, one such air-dryer, has been ordered by her town official to stop putting her laundry on clotheslines at her Pennsylvania home. "They said it made the place look like trailer trash," Froelich told the New York Times. "They said they didn't want to look at my 'unmentionables.'"
A few states have taken up the cause to protect the old-fashioned clothesline from discrimination, but most have not.
Project Laundry List, an organization that's attempting to promote air-drying, reports that dryers use "10 to 15% of domestic energy in the United States and are the leading cause of house fires among appliances." Still, others argue that laundry lines, apart from being ugly to look at, can even lower property values.
Do you think clotheslines stink?