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How to Line-Dry Clothes Inside


Line-drying your clothes outdoors is great, but it doesn't work for everyone. If bad weather, lack of space or another problem makes it difficult for you to line-dry outdoors, try line-drying your clothes indoors, instead.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Work with the space that you have. Line-drying your clothes indoors doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. If you're only able to line-dry a portion of your laundry, that's okay. Look around your house to figure out where clotheslines or drying racks could be placed (without getting in the way). Do you have space in the basement? Could you hang things on the shower rod (and add a retractable line for more hanging space)? Could you set up foldable drying racks in a spare room (and put them away when you're not using them)? Is there space in your laundry room for overhead lines or a collapsible wall rack?

  2. Do laundry more often. If you want to line-dry all of your laundry indoors (or come close to it), try not to let the laundry pile up. Wash and hang clothes whenever you have enough for a load, and you'll minimize the amount of hanging space that you need to get the job done. It usually takes 24 hours for clothes to dry indoors, so you can even do a load a day, if your family generates a lot of laundry.

  3. Select the fastest spin cycle option on your washing machine, to get as much water out of your clothing as possible. This will speed up your drying times considerably. Have a top-loading machine now? Consider replacing it with a front-loader when your current machine dies. The spin cycles are much faster (sometimes twice as fast).

  4. Hang with care. Leave space between items on your clothesline or drying rack, so everything will dry as quickly as possible. Also consider running a small fan to keep the air circulating. Placing your racks and lines near an air vent or heat source is another good way to speed up the drying process.

  5. Rewear clothing. Cut down on the amount of laundry that you have to do by wearing pants, skirts and layering pieces more than once.

What You Need:

  • Clotheslines or drying racks
  • Clothespins
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