15+ Effective Ways for Drying Clothes Indoors
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Washing is as easy as throwing your unclean clothes on the floor, gathering them up a few days later, tossing them into the machine and pressing a few buttons here and there, isn’t it? But drying them seems challenging! Drying clothes has always been a dilemma for the people and more particularly for homemakers for last few years due to urbanization. Earlier, when most of the population dwelt in villages or small towns, this problem probably never popped up as the village houses usually used to have a backyard garden or a courtyard where they could easily dry their clothes in the natural air in the open on the clothesline. Traditionally in most places, clothes are dried on clothesline. This practice uses free renewable sources – wind and sunlight. But gradually over a period of time, the metro cities came into existence. People in big cities have no other option than to live in small flat or high-rise apartments which aren’t spacious for sure, the problem of drying clothes is becoming apparent.
The rapid urbanization has created high rise buildings where most of the people live in either 2 or 3 room flats. When you live in a city, space is at a premium! The furnished rooms including bathroom and kitchen hardly have any space for drying clothes. The first provider of the balcony might have never thought that some fine day in future, balconies would mostly turn into spaces for drying clothes and viewing processions on streets and shall no more be a luxurious extension of any home as an extended sit out.
The major problem faced while drying clothes are as follow:
- In the developing countries like India and South East Asia, people live in small apartment or flats. There is literally no space available for drying clothes. People dry their clothes in balconies or on balcony railing which often cause major accidents.
- Slums are even worst. Practically no space is available for the people living in slums.
- Lack of space in the backyard, even if it exists.
- Drying clothes in balconies hampers the beautiful look of your home.
- During monsoon, it is not possible to dry clothes outside the house due to the rain and further because of the humidity, wet clothes gives foul odour.
- In cold climate, the clothes take long time to dry due to the scarcity of sunlight.
- Not everyone can afford to buy expensive mechanical dryers.
And, remember this is a problem we face on daily basis.
Also Read: How to Take Care of Your Home in Monsoon?
Minimum Space Required:
For a family of 4 to 5 person considering 6 to 7 garments per person (including small and large), there would be around 25 to 35 garments to dry which requires minimum horizontal space of 30 to 50 ft. in length. The garment normally requires 3 to 4 hours of daytime for drying, depending upon the season. Hence for a 10’0” wide balcony, you need to tie minimum two and preferably three rows of strings at 8” to 12” apart.
Unfortunately, all the above problems went unnoticed and ignored even by architect and builders. Hence, in absence of designed devices, most of the housewives have adopted crude devices which sometimes can lead to fatal accidents with people falling from the balconies and claiming their lives frequently. Thus, in absence of well-designed space or system, every Housewife is in dilemma.
“How to Dry Clothes Inside the House?”
We, here provide you with some vital solutions!!!
With advancement in technology, varieties of devices are available such as sliding, movable; wall mounted drying racks or clothes dryer, washer dryer (washing machine with dryer or tumbler dryer), etc. Many clothes drying racks are available with folding facility, so that you can just fold it when not in use and use the space for another purpose. However, these drying clothes racks also need a space. With the availability of new drying racks and clotheslines, you can make smart use of all that ‘invisible’ indoor space which will not only help you in drying your clothes but also help you save money on electricity!
Tips for Drying Clothes Indoors
The first and very simple option is to have a look around your house, and to locate a suitable place where the clothesline can be tied. If you reserve some space for drying clothes in your house, hang your clothes on the clothesline which is tied between two nails/pegs on the wall.
Different Types of Clothes Drying Racks:
During the months of winter, the sunlight is scarce due to which clothes take a little longer time to dry. In this condition, you can dry your clothes on drying rack. In modern and luxurious apartments, builders have started providing dry areas, in which you cannot only wash your clothes but can also dry them. These days, drying rack of various shapes and size are available in the market. These racks not only look good but also provide a great convenience for air-drying clothes.
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Mentioned below are different types of drying clothes racks:
02. Ceiling Clothes Drying Racks
Ceiling clothes drying racks are most popular in apartments or flats and are mostly placed in the balcony due to the lack of space. They hung from the ceiling and are provided with the pulley system. This enables you to pull the rack down, hang your clothes, and pull it back. This is very much like a window blind. They are perfect indoor solutions for drying clothes. They make proper use of the space and provide you with a solution of drying clothes while space is not enough. There are different types of ceiling clothes drying rack available in the market as shown in fig.
03. Foldable Clothes Drying Racks
Foldable clothes drying racks are very useful and provide easy nice place for drying clothes even if you have a small home. Because they are easy to fold, you do not have to worry about how they will look in your home when not in use. They are made of stainless steel. As stainless steel is rust proof, you do not have to worry about stains on your clothes. These racks are available in a variety of shapes as shown in fig.
04. X-Types Clothes Drying Racks
X-Types Clothes Drying Racks is one of the oldest, and the most popular style of clothes drying racks. The X-frame type drying rack provides enough space to hold a good number of garments. Moreover, they are light weighted and collapsible. These are a better option for air-drying heavier clothes or throw rugs. X-Types Clothes Drying Rack is made of stainless steel, wood, aluminium, galvanized iron, plastic, etc. and is available in different sizes. As mentioned in ‘New York Media’, “Almost more than 70% people use this type of drying racks due to its durability.”
05. Adjustable Rolling Clothes Drying Racks
Rolling Clothes Drying Rack is very useful for anyone who has time constrain or space limitations to set up a clothesline. They are real space saver! You can easily move the rack because of the rolling arrangement in the rack. They are made of stainless steel and hence rust proof. No matter if the racks are empty or full of heavy or damp clothes; they can be easily pushed out of the middle room.
06. Wall Mounted Clothes Drying Racks
As said by Andrea Hannah, “Wall mounted clothes drying rack can be attached to any wall space and remain pretty invisible when not in use.” As space becomes less and less, using these types of drying racks for clothes is becoming more popular alternative for those who do not have enough space for a conventional clothesline. They are useful for small clothes like hanky, socks, etc. You can use it anytime and when not needed, you can just close it.
Please have a look at the figure below. Here, we have come up with different types of wall mounted drying clothes racks:
07. Expandable Clothes Drying Racks
Would you like to expand your horizons when it comes to drying your clothes? Then that’s when you need Expandable drying rack. Expandable drying clothes racks are ideal for drying delicate clothes like towel, socks, etc. It folds neatly for easy and discreet storage. This drying clothes rack is adjustable and no matter what size, what load or in whatever space you have to set up, this rack can be adjusted to fit your needs. It can be folded when not in use.
08. Portable Tripod Clothes Drying Racks
The Portable Tripod Clothes Drying Racks are versatile and self-standing. These types of drying clothes racks are ideal for longer garments like shirts, dresses, etc. The curved arms have grooves that can hold almost any plastic or metal hanger. It can be easily folded for compact storing. They are meant to dry the clothes naturally thereby saving the energy and keeping the clothes vibrant.
09. Star Shaped Clothes Drying Racks
Star Shaped Clothes Drying Rack creates more space for drying clothes. It is perfect for the small space living. It is very easy to unfold and magically expands when unfolded. Star shaped drying racks are attractive look wise too.
10. Radiator Clothes Airer
Radiator clothes airer is another option for drying clothes indoors. It is ideal if you’re short of space. It creates extra drying room for garments while keeping them out of the way at the sides of the room. This radiator airer can be placed anywhere in the home. It is ideal for the balconies, windows, doors, etc. For drying clothes on the radiator airer, just hook it over the heater. This is the perfect solution for quickly drying smaller clothes like hanky, socks, towels, etc. It is foldable when not in use.
The drying rack perhaps would be more useful in monsoon as they can be placed inside the room even when it is raining. But you also need to keep this in mind that if the clothes are not squeezed off properly, the floor below will become wet due to water dropping continuously.
11. Washer Dryer
Nowadays washer dryer is more popular as clothes dryer. Washer dryer means washing machine with inbuilt tumbler dryer. So, if you need to dry clothes quickly, it’s a good option as it washes and dries your clothes in the same cycle. So all you need to do is pick up the clothes from the machine and they’re ready to wear! It is very useful especially during monsoon season. However, not everyone can afford to buy clothes dryer machine as it is not within everybody’s reach, and moreover you require a reasonable space to keep it. More efficient dryers are likely to be more expensive up front, but will have lower ongoing energy cost, which will be quite significant in case of frequent use.
Commonly Adopted Homemade Solution
There are some other options available which are used by housewives as temporary solution which are mentioned below:
A long staircase also provides a suitable and practical place for drying clothes indoors. Particularly, in small houses or in chawl type houses, these few cubic meters of additional usable space is suitable for drying clothes. You can dry your clothes on stair railing without any additional efforts. But this of course is the hopeless resource for the helpless person and hence not desirable as the railing would lose the purpose for which it is meant.
13. Window Grill
The best option to dry your clothes during monsoon season is to hand it on window covered with the grill. This is the best option for people who live in tiny apartment or flat. However, it will have an impact on the overall look of the house.
14. Under the Fan
People also use fan for drying clothes during monsoon. But it not only gives bad look but leaves foul odour in your room. The rust on fan blades may stain your cloth. It is not much advisable too.
15. Plastic Round Peg Hanger
Drying clothes on plastic peg round the hanger is best option for small clothes like hanky, towels, socks, etc. You can hang them anywhere in the house. It is most suitable for drying clothes of small kids.
The crude simple option for drying clothes is the ladder. You can easily dry your clothes on the ladder as per your needs.
Well, drying your clothes should not cause extra anxiety in your life or should be a stressful task. Living in a small size apartment does not mean that you do not have option. When it comes to drying the clothes, there are plenty of options available which are mentioned above. One of them might be helpful to you. As Abhishek Jain (Bijli Bachao) says, “Cutting down on use of cloth dryers and using clothesline is identified as one such way of going green.” In the world where being more conscious of the environment is so important, it is really essential to know more about different clothes drying ideas.
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