Hanging Laundry to Dry
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.