Line drying clothes can help your electric bill enormously since electric dryers are such energy hogs. However, line drying inside your home during the winter can seem a bit daunting. You may have visions of clothes hanging all over your home. Not so!
First of all, work with the space you have. Even if you can only hang up shirts or only socks and underwear, that’s fewer clothes going into the dryer. Most clothes need at least 24 hours to dry inside the home. If you can put the clothes near a heat source, they will dry a bit faster.
I have 2 curtain rods in the small space near my washer and dryer. For me, I can leave these rods in place; some people may need to think about how to store the rods if they can’t stay up. All of the hangers I use for my shirts are free since they came with purchased shirts over the years.
Underneath the shirts, I keep 2 drying racks. I typically use these racks when I only have a few socks in a load. If I’m doing a white load, then I use the drying racks by our furnace.
These two racks are on one side of our very ancient furnace.
These metal racks on the other side of the ancient furnace usually hold cloth diapers or cloth napkins.
In the main part of our basement, otherwise known as the children’s play area and storage central, we have a rope that functions as a clothesline. It runs the length of the basement with two hooks at either end and a screw just above the middle pole (in the picture). Since the kids use this area to play, I try to hang the adult pants at the ends of the clothesline and the children’s pants along the middle of the clothesline. Because the line sags so much, I hang the pants on the shorter lengths of the clothesline first before using the longest length.
This is one of 2 hooks we use for the basement clothesline. As the rope has stretched, we tighten it by wrapping it around the hook. At some point, I’ll ask my husband to retie the knot holding the clothesline together.
I don’t always hang the sheets to dry on the clothesline since they get in the kids’ way. Sometimes I hang the tablecloths on the line if it’s the end of the day and no one is playing in the basement. I also use the clothesline to dry freezer bags before reusing them.
Get a Tour of My Indoor Clothesline Set Up
How do you avoid using the dryer in the winter?