Tibetan Buddhists hang prayer flags high in the Himalayan Mountains. When the wind blows over a flag, the air is purified and goodwill is carried by the wind.
My laundry is a form of prayer flags. As I hang up my husband’s work clothes I pray, “Dear LORD, please watch over the work of my husband. Keep him safe, and allow him to do your work, and care for the land that we have a responsibility for.”
When I hung up my daughters’ clothes I prayed, “Dear LORD, please watch over my children. Hold them safe in your hands, and allow them to grow in their love for you. Please help them to become self-actualized adults, who serve with intellect and compassion for others.
Hanging up my clothes I pray, “Dear LORD, please give me the strength to serve my family and those I have been entrusted to serve. Give me compassion and strength to do my best work.
Now that my children are away from home, I mostly pray to the sock and underwear god.
Guide, Direct, and Protect…
An Alternative to Laundry Scented Candles and Air Fresheners
I’m sure you’ve noticed there are many artificially laundry scented candles and a myriad of fake-as-can-be laundry scented air fresheners to choose from.
Crazy idea. Try hanging your laundry outside in the fresh air! Our laundry drying setup is over 30 years old. We invested in welded steel poles set in cement with coated wire to hang laundry on.
Clothespins come in different grades too. Really look them over before you purchase them. You will experience frustration if your clothespins don’t hold up to a breeze.
An Alternative to Heavy Laundry Poles and Lines
Many of you don’t have the ability to set two welded steel laundry poles in cement in your side yard. Some of you have neighborhood covenants that restrict such things. In my opinion, laundry flapping in the breeze is more aesthetically pleasing than lint spewing from a dryer vent, adding expense to your electric bill. Think of these clothes drying methods as planet-saving strategies. Your dryer will last for decades if you don’t use it when the weather allows outdoor drying.
Be a Community Activist!
Here’s another crazy idea. What if you attended your neighborhood covenant meeting and made a push for laundry poles and lines? It’s your neighborhood, planet and home! Consider your input as energy conservation and as a way to keep appliances out of the waste stream.
Pictured below are alternatives to cementing in poles in your backyard. The smaller drying rack pictured can be purchased at many retailers. I think I got this one at Walmart. There are many choices if you Google “Clothes Drying Racks” Here’s a link to the smaller one pictured.
I bought my GIANT drying rack from an Iowa Amish woodworker for $55. (Well worth the expense. ) Online, similar choices are about triple, but if you don’t have access to Amish woodworkers, but still want to dry a load of your clothes outside to get that “just washed” smell lingering on your clothes all week, it may be a good choice. To store it, I hang this behemoth in my garage. It’s kind of impressive!