It is very hot right now and this means that line drying is in full swing again. I live in an apartment where I do not have a balcony so I bought a drying rack and set it up in the spare bedroom.
The room is well ventilated and I just open the window to let fresh air and some sunlight in. The clothes usually dry in a couple of hours but since I am only doing laundry about every three days I just leave the clothes on the rack until I am ready to get the next load.
I only do one load of laundry at a time, generally Mondays and Thursdays since the laundry happens to be packed on the weekends. I then hang the clothes on the drying rack and let them air dry. Shirts go on hangers and the hangers go on the top row of the drying rack and I found that this cuts down on the wrinkles. Less wrinkles mean less ironing which means less electricity used, so that is a great way to save money.
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I’ve also started to dry my clothes on a drying rack, and I’m thinking of getting a small clothes line to put outside too. Our townhome association might not like the idea though.
Being from the east coast we always dried everything on the line, however then it became unpopular, even illegal to put up a clothes line, in some townships. We need to put up the lines and let the laundry air dry again!
Sorry that you can no longer hang your clothes out on a line to take advantage of the wind and sun to dry. Do you have space on a balcony or in a room that is not frequently used to put up a foldable rack. I am using a secondary bedroom and have the rack in front of the window since I do not have a balcony. The clothes get sun and wind through the open window and I never had a problem with mold.
I hang dry some of my clothes that require special care but sometimes they get this nasty dry feeling that I end up just having to iron again so that’s kind of a waste.
Well then you can separate the clothes into the ones that do not need special care, like some tee shirts and only hang those.
Unfortunately I don’t think this would work well in our apartment as we are facing east and only get sun in the mornings. We do still hang dry what we can though.
I am lucky enough to have a line to put my clothes outside, sometimes i can have my clothes dried in an hour with the way it gets hot here in Florida.
I have line dried before in the past, but it has always been outside, never seen/heard of trying it inside, will definitely give this a shot. If it works in the summer indoors, could it also work in the winter, since the heater is on?
Good idea; not applicable where I live. I am out of house most days, and we got rapid showers constantly.
Sometime i also do hang the clothes on the drying rack. It’s not require ironing, so, save money and time.
Great tip! I usually do this is as well. I even do it in the winter times too. This is a very environmentally friendly way of drying clothes. Just takes a bit of patience and space next to a window.
I have my clothes hanged outside although am planning to buy a dry rack that will be put inside the house and help me with small items.Thanks for the information.
When I have tried this the cloths often don’t feel as nice (especially towels…). I just use a high efficiency gas dryer and I like it.
I air dry all the laundry for my family of four. I really like this style of clothes drying rack because I have lots of room to hang up shirts on hangers and I also can dry a whole load of towels on it.
Line drying sounds a great idea because i was tired of hanging on clothes outside.Am on my way to buy one and hope to save some some.
What a great idea! I like drying that way too, but never wanted to have clothes outside so that everyone could see! This is a great article, thank you for the help!