How to Save Money By Air Drying Your Laundry Outside

How to Save Money By Air Drying Your Laundry Outside

How to Save Money By Air Drying Your Laundry Outside

Air drying your laundry outside is an easy way to save money on your utility bills. Here’s how to get started with line drying your clothes.

Decide Where to Hang Your Clothesline

The first step is deciding where to set up your clothesline. Consider these factors when choosing a spot:

  • Sunlight – Pick a sunny spot so clothes dry faster. South or west-facing walls often get good sun.

  • Accessibility – Choose a spot that’s easy to walk to from your laundry room or machine.

  • Privacy – Pick a private area away from sidewalks if possible. You don’t want passersby handling your unmentionables!

  • Wind protection – Avoid very windy areas that could blow clothes off the line. A spot with a wall or fence to block wind is ideal.

I found the perfect spot for my clothesline along the south-facing wall of my house. It gets tons of sunlight, is right off my laundry room, and has a tall fence for privacy and wind protection.

Set Up Your Clothesline

Next, set up your clothesline. You have two main options:

  • Rotary (umbrella) clothesline – A pole with lines that can be cranked up and down. Folds up when not in use.

  • Stationary clothesline – A fixed wire or rope stretched between two poles or points. Leave up year-round.

A rotary clothesline is very convenient if you’ll take it down periodically. A stationary line may dry clothes faster since it’s always tight.

I opted for a simple 50-foot stationary clothesline I keep up year-round. I secured it between screw hooks on my fence and house.

Laundry Tips for Line Drying

Washing and drying clothes for the clothesline takes a little prep:

  • Optimal load size – Wash smaller loads that will fit comfortably on your line. Overcrowding slows drying.

  • Proper spin cycle – Clothes should be spun until just damp. Excess water makes clothes heavy and drip.

  • Stain treatment – Treat stains and spots before washing so they don’t set in the sun.

  • Fabric softener – Skip the fabric softener, as it coats fibers and inhibits drying.

I wash smaller loads on the gentle cycle then run an extra spin. This squeezes out excess moisture without tangling clothes.

Hanging Clothes Effectively

There’s a right way to hang laundry:

  • Plan your layout – Hang big items first like sheets and towels. Then fit smaller items around.

  • Turn items inside out – This prevents fading which happens most on the exterior side.

  • ** Hang delicates carefully** – Use smaller clothespins for delicates to prevent snags and tears.

  • Give space between items – Don’t bunch wet clothes tightly. Allow air to circulate.

I like to hang shirts first, then undershirts, and delicates last with plenty of space all around.

When to Take Down Dried Laundry

  • Remove clothes promptly when fully dry to prevent over-drying and sunlight damage.

  • Take down before dew forms in the evenings to prevent moisture re-absorption.

  • Don’t leave laundry overnight – it can get damp, dirty, or infested with bugs or spiders.

I remove clothes within 2 hours of drying. Then I immediately fold or hang them to prevent wrinkling.

Enjoy the Benefits!

After just a month of line drying, I’m hooked! Here are the awesome benefits I’ve noticed:

  • Major energy savings – My electric bill dropped $20 last month from not running the dryer.

  • Clothes last longer – The sun naturally bleaches and disinfects. No dryer wear and tear.

  • Fresh outdoor scent – Clothes smell amazing without dryer sheets or harsh detergents.

  • Less ironing – Line-dried clothes are smooth and wrinkle-free.

I’m so glad I made the switch to this free, eco-friendly drying method. My wallet, clothes, and planet are thanking me! Let me know if you have any other line drying tips.