FOR 43 years, Joan Brainard has been hanging laundry twice a week in her backyard in Deep River. All she requires is dry weather above 20 degrees.
Her routine is so established that if neighbors do not see wash pinned to her two 50-foot clotheslines, they ask if she is all right, said her husband, David, 73.
“Basically, I like the way it comes in,” said Mrs. Brainard, 69. “It smells fresh and clean and not like a dryer sheet.”
But there is also a practical reason, one that has some calling on people to unplug their dryers and air dry their...