Tips for Drying inside with a Portable Clothesline
Lucky enough to own a portable clothes line?
If you want to save on the energy costs, a portable clothes line is the best option to dry clothes. If bad weather, lack of space, or another problem makes it difficult for you to do it outdoors, try line-drying your clothes with a clothes horse indoors, instead.
Use the Space That You Have when placing your portable clothesline.
Line drying your clothes indoors with a a portable clothes line 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 OK.
Look around your house to figure out where your portable clothes line could be placed (without getting in the way). Could you set up foldable drying racks in a spare room (and put them away when you’re not using them)?
If you can’t dry your laundry on the washing line or in a tumble dryer, try to avoid hanging it the living areas and bedrooms, where you’ll be most exposed to mould spores.
Ventilation is key
Open windows as often as possible to allow fresh air to circulate through your home. Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathrooms will also help to tackle moisture – make sure you keep them clean and free of dust, so they’re more efficient.
Make sure you put your portable clothesline in the sunniest and airiest spot in your house (provided it’s not the bedroom or main living area, for the reasons mentioned above).
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 on your portable clothes line 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 10 -20 hours for clothes to dry indoors, so you can even do a load a day if your family generates a lot of laundry.
Use Your Washing Machine’s Fastest Spin Cycle
The fastest spin cycle will wring as much water out of your clothing as possible. This will speed your drying times considerably. If you have a top-loading machine, consider replacing it with a front-loader when your current machine dies. The spin cycles are much faster—sometimes twice as fast.
Hang Laundry With Care on your clothes rack.
Leave space between items on your portable clothes drying rack, so everything will dry as quickly as possible. Also, run a small fan to keep the air circulating if need be from time to time as a last resort. Placing your clothes drying rack near an air vent, heat source, or dehumidifier is another good way to speed up the drying process. Keep your portable clothes line a good distance from walls, so you don’t create an environment for mould to grow.
Wash and Hang your Clothes at Night
If you’re in the habit of doing a load of laundry when you get in from work, switch to a slightly earlier morning start and hang things to dry during the day, so you can take advantage of the sun’s warmth.
This way your clothes will be drying while you sleep. On dry days, they may be dry when you wake, but even on wet days, you’ll have fewer hours to deal with laundry hanging around your home. Some energy companies offer better rates during off-peak hours, so it could also be a way to save on the cost of washing your clothes.
Cut down on the amount of laundry you have to do by wearing pants, skirts, and layering pieces more than once.
Use coat hangers
To maximise the benefits of your clothes drying rack, hang your nice shirts and blouses on coat hangers off the rack to ensure they dry as crease-free as possible, and to get more items drying in the heat. Then you’ll be able to pop them straight in the wardrobe.
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