I wrote this post back in 2009 when I had a one year old, and 4 other kids. At the time, I had 3 kids in diapers with one learning how to use the potty. Today, I continue to do 2 loads daily especially during the winter when the clothes take up more room in the washing machine.
Money Saving Tip: Hang Clothes Inside During the Cold Weather
One of my best ways to save money is to hang our clothes inside during the cold weather. The outdoor clothesline season runs for me from about late March to mid-November. As long as the temperatures reach 50 degrees during the day, I can hang laundry outside on the amazing clothesline my husband built for me several years ago.
When the temperatures cool down, I take my clothes hanging habit inside to our basement which usually stays 60 degrees and above year round. We have a large basement running the full length of the house with small sectioned off areas for laundry, the furnace, and my husband’s workshop. I use the sectioned off areas to set up drying racks, and the main area for an indoor clothesline. The indoor clothesline could handle 1 1/2 loads of laundry.
Indoor Clothesline – If you have the space, an indoor clothesline is a great investment. I use mine to hang pants, towels, and tablecloths. The sheets go in the dryer.
Drying Racks – I use a combination of large wooden drying racks and smaller metal ones.
Video Tour of Our Indoor Clothesline
Curious about how I dry clothes inside our home during the winter? Here it is!One tip: When I was doing cloth diapers, I hung them on racks next to our furnace to speed up the drying time. I use those same racks for our napkins now.
Posted by A Life in Balance on Sunday, January 4, 2015
Indoor Clothes Hanging Routine
Here’s what has worked for me; I usually do two loads daily to stay on top of our clothes.
- I wash cloth diapers every other day. Before hanging them, I put them in the dryer for 15 – 20 minutes. The bags and covers get hung up out of the washer.
- When I do the cloth diapers, since they usually take up three racks, I will do a load of dark clothes that can be hung on the line or hangers.
- All the shirts go on hangers on the shower curtain pole.
- All the pants go on the line pinned so that air can circulate as much as possible. I sometimes run jeans through the dryer for 15 minutes if it seems like they will take longer to dry.
- I do the towels on the days I don’t do diapers and hang the towels on the racks next to the furnace. Sometimes, I will put the towels in the dryer for 15 – 20 minutes. I usually do this in the fall and spring when things take a little longer to dry inside.
- My basement usually has 50 – 60% humidity, but the clothes generally don’t smell musty. I’d rather use the dryer than run the dehumidifier; it’s cheaper.
- If I have room on the line, I will hang the sheets, otherwise I use the dryer for them.
- It usually takes about a day and a half, depending on the time of year and the material, for items to dry. Sometimes I will flip things over like underwear, socks, and diapers, to help both sides to dry.
- I haven’t had complaints about the stiffness of clothes, but I think the stiffness is more noticeable in the bigger pieces of clothing. If stiffness is an issue, I probably would put the clothes in the dryer for 20 minutes before hanging them. Once the clothes are put on, the stiffness goes away. 20 minutes in the dryer also reduces wrinkles in button-down shirts.
- My overall goal is to use the dryer as little as possible in the cooler months. Sometimes I will use it to speed things along or if I don’t have time to hang clothes. Even just 20 minutes in the dryer can reduce the drying time and keep the electric bill down.
More Money Saving Tips on My Frugality and Personal Finance Pinterest Board