Mar 2, 2011

Air Drying Laundry Indoors

There is a strong movement against automatic clothes dryers. There's good reason for this: Dryers are huge energy consumers - the biggest hogs in the average American home. They are hard on electric and gas bills. And they are hard on clothes, too. But what if you don't have space for - or, due to regulations, aren't allowed to have - a traditional clothes line or tree? Here are some ideas.

* Hang a clothes line under a coverage porch.

* Install a line in your basement (as long as it doesn't have moisture issues).

* Install a line on your (flat) rooftop.

* Buy a clothes rack or tree and place it in an out of the way location in your home. Placing it near a heat source speeds up drying - just be sure clothes aren't too clothes to the heat source, or you may cause a fire.

* Hang wet clothes on ordinary clothes hangers and place them over the shower rod to dry.

* Install a BreezeDry drying cabinet in your home. It pulls air from outside and circulates it to dry clothes, using 90 percent less energy than a traditional clothes dryer.

Do you dry your clothes indoors? What's you're method?


  1. Wow, Kristina! After reading this I can honestly say I have NO CLUE what city life is like. It is certainly a different lifestyle than the country living I'm use to. I can't imagine not being "allowed" to have a clothes line! This makes me even more curious about city living tho, I'm quite sure I would shrivel up and die there. :D

    I have a clothes line and use it often. However, on rainy or cold days I simply drape our clothes over the backs of our dining chairs. Clothes line regulations? Seriously?! I need to bring you down here, woman! ;)

  2. Loretta, LOL! There are no clothes line regulations where I live, but some communities have rules you must abide by; in some cases, this includes not having clothes lines. I agree that it's crazy. I don't have a clothes line because all my sunny spots in my suburban yard are taken up by garden :)