In California, in almost any week, there was at least one good drying day, not humid and with a slight breeze. The linens would be dry in a couple of hours. These were lines strung between T poles at either end of the yard. We only read about places were you needed to dry things in the cellar. Of course, there were no laundromats, no heated dryers. We knew no one personally who sent the sheets to a laundry (though one neighbor had a mangle), but one or two families had diaper service. Pre-Birdseye flannelette diapers took time to dry, and if you had two at once in diapers you needed an extra wash day. For diapers you did use Ivory or boxed Ivory Snow and a little bleach. No one who knew it can forget the perfume of laundry dried outdoors in California.
Cottons had to be lightly starched. They really did. Starch (I remember the Linit box) had a slight scent of bluing, not that it made whites blue. You had to cook it, like thin gruel. You didn't want it sticky. You might strain it, if you were fussy. If you cooked it carefully, however, it had no lumps. You emptied the saucepan full of cooked starch into a basin of cold water and, as it were, re-rinsed the dresses, shirts, and blouses in this properly diluted starch, wrang them out by hand, hung them out to dry.
To iron the cottons and linens, you had to sprinkle them and roll them up wrapped in the old towels and old sheets kept for the purpose in the ironing basket. After a minimum of an hour, better several hours, they were ready to be ironed. The early electric iron had to be plugged and unplugged every few minutes to keep it at a temperature where it ironed but did not scorch.
To go out of chronological order so as not to need to return to ironing: I learned to do all this before I was ten, because during the War my mother was working, and I was the oldest. Automatic heat-control irons, ready-made starch, and non-soap detergents were post-War. As I road the bus to Junior High School, I saw billboards saying What are clotheslines for? The following week they said, Clotheslines are for the birds; dry your clothes in a Bendix automatic dryer.
Today I keep clotheslines for 'airing', clothespins for all sorts of uses, and the iron (but it is a now-old steam iron) is somewhere. Ironing is OK for, say, altar linens, but I haven't ironed my own clothes for decades, nor table linens. Most cloth today does not endure much ironing, anyhow.