I’ve been without a dryer for nearly 3 years now. We could’ve replaced it many times ago, but decided for one reason or another to continue hanging clothes on the clothesline. Of course, you can still hang clothes outside to dry in the winter, but it’s very cooooold on the old hands.
We bought a heavy duty drying rack a few years ago, and I am going to show you how to hang up clothes inside to dry, and have space for them all!
We are going to start with the basics. If you lay a shirt over a rod to dry, you will get a “crease” in the middle. Plain and simple. To avoid that, hang all your shirts on a hanger. Pretty easy, right? Once they are dry, you take them from the drying rack right to the closet. Easy peasy.
Pants you will want to hang up and move them over enough so that the legs are what’s hanging on the rack, and the “butt” of the jeans is hanging down. Makes a bit more room on the rod. Also, it keeps the “crease” in the knee area where you normally bend anyway.
Things like washclothes, socks, and underwear are confusing for some. You pretty much have to “roll” with them as they are, right? There’s no way to really hang them…or is there?
See what I do?
I get hangers, and the spring-loaded clothes pins. Each hanger holds about 8-10 washcloths, and can hold up to 10 pairs of underwear or socks. Each family member gets their own hanger, so when it’s time to put the clothes away, the just grab their hanger and go.
It’s easy, saves space and I can get nearly 8 loads of laundry on two 42″ wide, 6′ tall drying racks this way. Bonuses are that since they are drying inside, we get the humidity back into the air that the wood stove takes out, and the smell of “clean” hangs out all day and night. Plus, saving money on electricity is always nice.
What do you do to hang up your clothes? Or are you a “die hard” dryer fan?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.