Guest Post: How to Line Dry Inside

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Tiffany is a fellow Chattanoogan—even newer to this town than I am! I’ve been blessed to get to know her over the last few months.  She writes a review/giveaway blog for moms and dads at Stuff Parents Need. Tiffany is a work-at-home mom and has one toddler daughter, Darah.

We have had a drying rack in our home for as long as we have been married (8 years … can’t believe that!). When the weather is warm and you aren’t in a hurry to start wearing your freshly washed clothes, hanging them up to dry is a terrific option. It saves energy; it keeps the house from getting even hotter by not using the dryer; and, of course, it saves money. It also helps prolong the life of your clothes!

I live in the South, so it is warm enough to hang clothes outside pretty much between April and October, and there are days in March and November when I can dry clothes outside, too. But what do I do during the months where the weather is a bit more questionable?

Sometimes, I’ll admit, I do turn to my dryer. If I need my clothes quickly, that’s really just the way to go. It also will heat up the house when it NEEDS heating up (we keep our house on the cool side during the winter and just try to bundle up a bit more).

But more often than not, I just move my drying rack inside and also make use of my indoor clothesline. I’ve heard many people say that line drying during the winter, even inside, isn’t really possible. I’d say that in general, this isn’t true!

If you are using a heater indoors, then your inside air should be rather dry. This is the perfect environment for drying your clothes. I find that my clothes are dry after hanging up indoors for 24 hours (and sometimes less!). The clothes also add a little bit of humidity to your artificially dry air, and that’s a good thing!

There are two tricks to making this work, though. First, throw your clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes, just to get them started. I’ve found that when I don’t do this, it can take my clothes up to 36 hours to dry, so that little bit of energy I use is totally worth it to me.

Second, you need to keep up with your laundry on a daily basis (at least in my house). Since I don’t have the space to hang up three loads of laundry—and since drying takes a full day—I try to tackle one load every single day, so there’s pretty much always something on the drying rack at my house. We only have space for one drying rack, but if you have room for more, by all means go get more, especially if you don’t like the idea of doing laundry every day.

I’d also strongly suggest that you hang an indoor clothesline, preferably the type that will retract when you don’t need it. We have ours inside of our closet, and we string it all the way across our bedroom to the opposite wall.

So that’s how I dry clothes all year with just a tiny bit of help from my dryer! Works for me!

12 thoughts on “Guest Post: How to Line Dry Inside

  1. You can also hang your clothes on hangers and hang on the molding of your less used doors. My wonderful husband also found me a surplus retail clothes round rack at a garage sale. I love it.

  2. We do this too! I have a rack in each child's bedroom (they are teens and even 1 load a day takes several racks:)

    We also use hangers and hang them over the shower rods. They dry quickly this way.

    Never heard of a retractable clothesline and I'm definitely going to look for one. Great ideat – thanks!!

  3. This is a very good idea! I do at least 2 loads of laundry a day, and I think my husband would object to seeing lots of clothes around the house… but I could still dry some things on the rack that sits out of the way at the top of the stairs (where all the heat from the wood stove goes). Maybe I'll try drying a load of diapers that way sometime… though I usually need those pretty quickly! Or whites. Those rarely need ironing.

    Sorry, just thinking out loud. Thanks for the good post!

  4. This is something I'd like to begin doing. I'd much rather hang them outdoors but we are terrible allergy sufferers and we have ALOT of pollen hear in the summer. It blankets everything.

    You shared lot's or great ideas. Thanks!

  5. I've had a lot of fun reading the other ideas folks are posting…can't believe I haven't been making better use of hangers!

    The retractable clothesline, I'm pretty sure, came from Home Depot! It is one seriously useful item in our home!

  6. Love the ideas! I admit, I don't line dry my clothes, but I do line dry my diapers on my folding dryer rack… in the middle of winter!
    Might have to jump on the clothes bandwagon too!

  7. We also keep our drying rack up so that sweaty clothes and wet towels don't get mildewy in the laundry basket before laundry day.

  8. I live in Costa Rica, in a fairly warm zone (climate varies greatly here). Husband and I have no patio to dry, so we set up a "drying rack" made up of 2 brooms or mops resting parallel to the floor from a window sill to the back of a dining chair. Quite an invention, but works great!

  9. Coming over from Mamas Laundry Talk. I love my clothesline! I use it from March/April to October/November depending on the weather here in the Midwest! Love it!It makes me feel so…frugal and industrious. Not to mention that I just love walking by the window and seeing fresh clean clothes baking in the sun or flapping in the wind!
    Thanks for sharing!

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