How to Make Clothes Dry Faster Without a Dryer

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How to Make Clothes Dry Faster Without a Dryer
Hanging clothes to dry saves energy costs. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A clothes dryer is often used for drying clothes because it is convenient -- all you have to do is transfer the clothes from your washing machine to the dryer and turn it on. However, dryers have some disadvantages: they use electricity and the tumbling action and intense heat can take a toll on some articles of clothing. The disadvantage of line drying, however, is that clothes seem to take longer to dry. This does not have to be the case. Some simple steps can help you dry your clothes without a dryer faster.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Clothesline
  • Clothes-drying rack
  • Clothespins
  • Fan

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Run the clothes through a second spin cycle after they have been washed in your washing machine. This will help pull out more moisture than just running them through 1 spin cycle.

  2. 2

    Set up a clothesline or a clothes-drying rack in the warmest, most open area of your home, preferably in an area where you can open windows or a door for extra ventilation.

  3. 3

    Spread the clothing on the line, using clothespins to secure them, or spread them out on the drying rack. Don’t let the clothes hang bunched closely together or they won’t dry as quickly. Keep at least 1 inch of air space in between each article.

  4. 4

    Place a fan 3 to 4 feet away from the clothing. Direct it so that the air will blow on the clothing and turn the fan on. Open all doors and windows to the room as well to aid air flow.

  1. 1

    Run the clothes through a second spin cycle after they have been washed in your washing machine. This will help pull out more moisture than just running them through 1 spin cycle.

  2. 2

    Set up a clothesline or a portable clothes-drying rack in a sunny and breezy area of your yard.

  3. 3

    Hang the clothes, securing them with clothespins, as far apart from other articles of clothing as you can while still hanging all clothing at once.

Tips and warnings

  • If drying space is limited, wash only small loads at a time so that you will not run out of space to hang the clothing up.
  • If you happen to have more than 1 fan and are drying clothes indoors, place the other fan on the opposite side of the room for a cross-breeze.
  • Sunlight can fade fabrics. If you are concerned about this occurring, turn clothing inside out to minimise this effect.

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