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Drying

In the beginning laundry was laid out to dry on meadows. Later it was hanged on poles between trees, walls or attics. By and by drying on clotheslines prevailed. For fixation of the pieces of laundry the archaic form of pegs was used. They were made by splitting a piece of branch.

In other areas square pieces of wood were given a wedge-shaped cut-out. Wooden pegs with wire spring prevailed in the course of time, nowadays they are mostly plastic. In launderettes it’s nowadays common to use tumble dryers. Usually this only takes 10 to 30 minutes.

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