How to line dry
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Hanging clothes to dry reduces electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions and makes clothes last longer.
You will need to choose a place where clothes will be able to hang while they dry. Keep in mind that the clothes will need to be there for a few hours. A bathroom or laundry room is good for indoor drying. A backyard or balcony is good for outdoor drying. A shady place will help keep clothes from fading.
Note: You may also need to check if it is okay to dry your clothes outside where you live.
Clothes can be hung off anything from the back of a chair, to a string strung between two trees. You may want your line to be there for a short time. You may also want to have something set up all the time.
The clothes will need to hang from the line. This may mean putting them on hangers or clipping them to the line. Clothespins are clips designed to help hang clothes on a line.
Use the fastest spin cycle in the washing machine. It will remove the most water and give the clothes a head start in drying.
Give the clothes a good shake. This will help take out wrinkles.
See the Learn More section for more drying hints.
If you are going to dry clothes outdoors, ideally you want a day that is breezy. Be prepared to grab the clothes in case it starts to rain!
If hanging clothes indoors, pointing a fan at the clothes can help them to dry faster.