Drying clothes outdoor is my favourite thing! Especially on a nice warm day with a bit of a breeze. However, sunlight can bleach certain colours. So drying washing in direct sunlight is great for whites, not so great for delicate colours. In an ideal world, it's worth having a clothesline outdoors where part of it is in a shady spot. It's more important to have a good breeze than direct sunlight.
For any clothesline, it's worth remembering to choose plastic coated wire or polyethylene rope over natural rope since rope will eventually get mildew and stain your clothes. And remember to wipe down your clotheslines every so often, especially before hanging out a white load of washing.
The big advantage of a long clothesline outdoors is having the space to hang sheets, quilt covers and tablecloths flat. Larger properties often have a dedicated outdoor laundry space with at least 5 long lines parallel between two T-posts . But most properties in the UK do not have that advantage, and instead a retractable clothesline can be used to span across the garden, and can be put out of sight when not in use. A wall mounted laundry rack that folds out, and stores away is also a good choice if you have the wall space.
Hanging clothes outdoors also requires clothes pegs to stop items ending up in your flower beds, or worse, you neighbours garden. Clothes pegs can leave visible 'dents' in fabric, which is why it's important to know how to hang and peg laundry correctly for outdoor drying.
Underwear - Because there's not much bulk to them, you can use double up on peg usage by hanging underwear side by side using a single peg to hold the edge of two pairs of underwear.
Pillowcases - hang them with the top up and taut along the line, but pinned not quite to the edges of the case. This allows the front to droop open so as to separate the layers and catch the breeze. This method also works for things like T-shirts
Delicate tops or shirts - Hang indoors or in shade on a plastic clothes hanger
Indoor laundry drying
Air drying indoor
This is the bit I really struggle with - mainly because we have the typical x-frame clothes horse which is bulky, takes up space and makes the laundry take ages to dry. We also don't have double glazing, so in winter our windows steam up with condensation. This really was a topic I needed to research for myself too.
If you are lucky enough to have a workable attic or basement space, or even a laundry room, a foldaway wall mounted laundry rack is ideal. If condensation is a problem, a dehumidifier could help, but can be pricey. I'm thinking of getting one of these small dehumidifiers for the room where I dry laundry (in the spare room), this dry-egg dehumidifier can be refreshed in the microwave and only costs £12.
If , like in our house, space is an issue, a retractable line over a bath could help, but doesn't provide much space. However this is really useful for items that need to drip dry.
The best solutions still seems to be an indoor clothes racks that can fold away after use. As I've mentioned, we have the x-frame clothes rack, and they don't actually allow for that much hanging space, and because clothes overlap the take longer to dry and even end up with mildew - yuk!
Drying racks with parallel lines or wings (both shown below) are the better solution because clothes hang side by side. There is also this nifty peg free drying rack that I spotted here, but it doesn't seem to be available for purchase yet... boo, I want one!
If you have the ceiling height, a great space saving way to dry laundry is a ceiling drying rack with a pulley system such as the one shown below. They offer a stylish permanent place for laundry without sacrificing floor space. They can be hung in large kitchens (with high ceilings) or I've even seen them above a staircase. But in homes with a low ceiling, it can make the room feel cluttered.
Yup, these are a luxury, and with energy prices going up, tumble dryers aren't a help regarding the bills nor the environment. But they are a big help, particularly if you have school uniforms and towels that need drying quickly. If you have a tumble dryer I highly recommend that you invest in some Dryer-balls, they cut down on the time it takes for items to dry as well as elliminating the need for fabric softener (I'll be honest here and say that I truly don't like softener anyway because I don't like the smell of synthetic fragrances). If you'd still like nice smelling laundry without the softener, try putting a few drops of you favourite essential oil on a small absorbent cloth and put it into the dryer with the rest of your laundry load.
Another tip I've read about is that having an old towel near the dryer that you can throw in with heavy and very wet items can cut down on the drying time. I've not tried this myself - so I can't say for sure if this works.
Vented tumble dryers work by expelling the hot, damp air from the drum through a hose that can be fixed to a vent in an outside wall or simply hung out of a window during use.
Basic Tumble dryer- These are entry-level dryers, which spin the drum around in one direction only. This means clothes can become tangled and more creased than with a reverse action dryer.
Reverse action dryer - Produce dry clothes with fewer creases, as the drum spins around in both directions to help untangle clothes.
Sensor dryer - this type of dryer will cut down your drying time and running costs by because the dryer detects the dryness of your clothes and stops when they are as dry as you want them.
Multi-programmable tumble dryers - have features like crease guard and woollens, if you dry a lot of woolly clothes, this type of machine will give you more flexibility and reduced creasing.
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Once again, if you have any laundry drying techniques you would like to share with us, please leave a comment - it's always nice hearing from readers!