Dry Laundry Naturally

You all know my feelings on laundry…  What you may not know is my complete dislike of the dryer.  Using the dryer costs a lot of money to run.  Using the dryer creates static, is too  hot (especially in summer) and makes clothes, linens and the like smell — well stale.

There are many benefits to drying your laundry naturally:

  • Saves Money
  • Smells Fantastic
  • Softens Clothes Naturally
  • Your Clothes and Linens Last Longer – A Lot Longer
  • Eliminates Static and Dryer Sheet Chemicals
  • Is a Great Biceps and Triceps Exercise
  • Is Environmentally Friendly
  • Whitens Your Whites
  • Reduces Wrinkles

In full disclosure, it isn’t as though I do not use the dryer.  A dryer is a convenience.  But, my drying preference is to hang clothes or line dry.  I do have some great cheats to help you get through those laundry blues.

Drying Racks

Drying racks are brilliant things for several reasons.  At the top of my list is that a drying rack is great for drying your unmentionables. Undies hanging out for the world to see isn’t my cup of tea.  Another reason is that a drying rack manages your space more effectively.

Extra-Large Arch Drying Rack
Extra-Large Arch Drying Rack

Hanging small items on a clothes line takes up precious horizontal space, while drying on the rack, at its various levels, allows you to dry more clothes, faster.  A drying rack is portable, movable and allows for great air circulation.  Not all drying racks are created equal.  Most racks that you purchase at a big box store fall apart, cannot hold weight, grow mold and mildew, are cumbersome, do not fold up well and do not last long.

However, if you go to Lehman’s, you will find that their Extra Large Arch Drying Rack is a brilliant piece of equipment.  Crafted of solid wood with clear vinyl tubing over wooden dowels eliminates marks on clothing and prevents mold and mildew growth.  Lehman’s Arch Drying Rack provides you with 49 1/2 linear feet of drying space and folds down and stores easily.  This rack is made by the Amish in the USA and you will feel it’s quality.  The best part is that it pays for itself with about a year, with energy savings, and lasts a lifetime.

 

Clothesline Kit

Premium Clothesline Kits - 50 ft Kit
Premium Clothesline Kit

The right Clothesline Kit can make all the difference drying laundry naturally.  What you should consider when selecting a Clothesline Kit is it’s strength, durability, mold and

mildew resistance, rust resistance, and ease of use.  This Premium Clothesline Kit gives you 50 linear feet of hanging space, two 6 1/2″ rust proof zinc pulleys, 100 feet of plastic-coated stranded, woven wire cable and mounting eye hooks and a ratcheting tightener.  This Premium Clothesline Kit is exactly what you need for line drying success.

 

Grandma's Pegs® Clothespins
Grandma’s Pegs Clothes Pins

Clothes Pins

Unlike any other clothes pin you’ve used before, Grandma’s Pegs® will not rot, crack or splinter. They are gentle on your clothes with no springs to rust, snag or stain. Unique notch keeps clothes secure. This pack of 36 clothes pins will not break, twist or stain.  They keep everything in its place.  These clothes pins are brilliant.

 

 

 

These high quality laundry drying tools will make your job so much easier.  Happy drying!

40 thoughts on “Dry Laundry Naturally

  1. I like line drying too, but when the weather doesn’t permit it I use my wool dryer balls to soften and speed drying in the dryer (instead of the scented dryer sheets). When I was little, I had to wash my own clothes in the bathtub and hang them out to dry.

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  2. I like line drying too, but when the weather doesn’t permit it I use my wool dryer balls to soften and speed drying in the dryer (instead of the scented dryer sheets). When I was little, I had to wash my own clothes in the bathtub and hang them out to dry.

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  3. I’ve been hanging most of my clothes for years. If it’s winter, and snowy, I hang my clothes on a rack in the house. I’m tall, and if I put my clothes in the dryer, they shrink. I usually wash on cold water for this reason too.
    – Christine

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  4. When I was little, I had to wash my own clothes in the bathtub and hang them out to dry. I can remember standing on my tippy toes to reach the clothes line! Hard work for a little kid. But I did love the fresh smell of lined dried clothes. No “Clean Linen” scented dryer sheet can compare to the real thing!

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  5. When I stopped using the dryer, my electric bill went down a lot.
    I did keep the machine, though, because we live in a small apartment and sometimes, I still need the dryer in the winter for heavy blankets.
    But besides this very sporadic use, I’m like you: I dry my clothes on a rack (even in the living room if it rains or snows), don’t suffer of static shocks anymore, and my laundry smells that much nicer. 🙂

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  6. I don’t even own a clothes dryer. The only downside of that is I have a load of clothes hanging on the line in the rain. Been there three days, but they’ll dry eventually and will have been wonderfully rinsed.

    We have a typical Australian clothesline, called a Hills Hoist. Fantastic and efficient pieces of equipment and something every kid in the country likes to swing on.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hills_Hoist

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  7. We recently moved and the new house had an old rotted clothes line. We took it down and have been debating putting up a new one , after reading this post and all the encouraging comments. I have decided I definitely need a new clothes line. Thanks everyone.

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  8. Hi Rachel,
    I also dislike dryers due to the advantages you’ve mentioned, particularly the whites and the aroma. I’ve never used one, despite the struggles with northern British weather. I’ve been lucky to have had possession of a creel. It takes advantage of rising heat, and you use a pulley to lift it up and down, keeping laundry out if the way (also good for the biceps). I also find that folk comment on how lovely my house smells when I have laundry hanging. There’s a pic of a creel here: http://www.clothesmaid.com/Products/90-popular-airer.aspx

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  9. Rachel,
    Living off grid we don’t have the power to run a dryer. We hang dry outside during nice weather and I created a close line indoors for the not so nice weather from supplies found at the local hardware store. You’re absolutely right about saving money hang drying. We also noticed hang drying also gives the clothes longer life. My blog was trolled this past year about hang drying indoors. I did some research on the subject, and it turned out the anti hang dry movement doesn’t consider optimal environmental conditions for hang drying indoors. I find it interesting how people are cutting their living expenses by living more simply and using nature to do ordinary tasks, and yet there is a growing opposition to this way of life that has been used since the dawn of civilization.
    “Hang” in there (pun intended), we have found hang drying clothes can easily be adapted into a way of life.

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  10. Renegade Hollow Farm

    We only use our dryer when my mom (who is in a wheelchair) does laundry. She can’t reach the clothesline, or it’s raining. I love the smell after the clothes come in off the line!

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  12. Grannie Appleseed

    And thanks to you, Rachel, I just ordered the Grandma’s Pegs you mentioned. I hate the wooden pins with metal springs as they rust. I had tried some bamboo ones but they popped apart in no time. Looking forward to trying these Grandma Pegs. Happy hanging out days! 😊

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  13. Grannie Appleseed

    Love drying clothes outside on a line. I have a line in my garden and actually enjoy walking out there with a basket of wet clothes and hanging them in the sunshine to dry. Always have. But I do dry towels and jeans in the dryer as they come out to stiff on the line. I never use “dryer sheets” but sometimes sprinkle a couple drops of an essential oil into the washer or dryer.

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  14. Having grown up hanging out clothes including the personal items, I choose a dryer! Trying to hang out diapers and keep an eye on the baby was not fun. I do miss the fresh scent of sunshine on sheets.

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