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Hanging Laundry to Dry

Updated on February 11, 2007

One of the ways we have saved money over the years is by hanging our laundry up to dry instead of using the dryer. I figured it out one time and using my dryer cost me about $.75 for each load. I wash one load of laundry each day at a minimum. A couple of days a week I wash two loads. At a minimum I am saving $5.25 each week or $273 per year. $273 is a lot of money to me. This makes it well worth my time and effort in doing this.

Over the years I have purchased two drying racksthat stand up by themselves and one collapsible rack that was attached to the wall in our old house. The rack that attached to the wall I used to hang things that belonged in the kitchen (my laundry room was on the first floor), such as rags, cloth napkins and kitchen towels. I also used this to dry wet gloves and hats on in the winter and bathing suits in the summer.

The stand alone drying racks we have in our spare room upstairs. These two racks can hold one load of laundry. I also have a bar across my bathtub that I hang clothes on right on the hangers. Some of the clothes I have purchased for my children came with pants hangers that have the clips to hold the clothes on. I use these to hang up their pants, especially jeans that take longer to dry. I do the same thing with adult jeans. I also use the heavy plastic hangers to hang up sweatshirts. The heavier items dry quicker if they are hanging up on this bar.

The key to having the clothes dry quickly is to make sure that air can circulate through the clothing. If items are touching it will take longer to dry. With the drying racks the clothes are usually folded over the bar so that the insides touch. This will cause them to take longer to dry. When we lived in CO, a very dry climate, all of our clothes dried in about eight to ten hours. The wet clothes added much needed moisture in the air as well.

Now that we live in OH, a much more humid climate, it does take longer. About 24 hours to be exact. So basically I have to plan better and make sure that I do one load of laundry a day, because it takes a full day for it to dry. Flipping the clothes over half way through helps to speed the process. If you have a heat vent that you can place the rack over that will help as well.

All in all I spend about ten minutes each day either hanging laundry or flipping it over so that it will dry quicker. Ten minutes a day in order to save $5.25 a week or $273 each year. To me this is a great, easy and quick way to save money.


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    • shawna.wilson profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      When I hang clothes to dry, they end up feeling there a way to avoid that?

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      Sheryl G. 

      11 years ago

      HI Jennifer!

      My dryer still tumbles by the heating element and the timer died.

      Well, I treated myself to several pairs of black jeans and several of indigo jeans. I washed the 2 piles separately in detergent and vinegar in my washer. Then threw them in the cold dryer to get rid of excess water. After an hour, I hung them up to dry. About 12 hours later. The black jeans turned out beautifully - I did not have to iron them! The blue jeans wrinkled and streaked dye while they hung to dry! They look ruined - too ugly to wear. This was the first washing for both. Are they ruined? I asked all my lady friends and they said that they had never heard of such a thing. Maybe the factory did not set the dye right.

      Please advise me on what to do as I am really getting into drying my clothes indoors. Most of my tops do not need an ironing! I like it!

      Thanks for all the information!


    • SatinJenni profile image


      11 years ago from Burlington Ontario Canada

      At any given time, the laundry room in this house is found with clothing hanging to dry. Clothing lasts longer and is less likely to shrink. The cash savings is a definite bonus.

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      Marye Audet 

      11 years ago

      and it smells so much better when it is hung to dry!


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