Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Hanging Laundry

This might seem a strange thing to have a  post on but having watched our three children hanging up their wash, to begin with I think a little instruction can help things along.

Firstly, for indoor drying, get a rack that is big enough to take at least a third of a full wash and find a place to put it that has good ventilation, otherwise you will end up with a condensation problem. We use the sitting room as that is where the stove is and it has a vent in the wall to ventilate the room because of the stove, so damp air is removed from the room.

Then hang large items, such as trousers, from the hem to the neck, first, followed by smaller items, such as socks towards the centre and bottom of the rack. Smooth all the items out so they are hanging flat, not in bunches. This will help them dry quicker and also release creases so you do not have to do so much ironing ! I'm not keen on ironing. Shirts, jumpers and T shirts can be hung on hangers and hung high up in the room to utilise the warm air that rises. We have a door frame that is ideal for this purpose.

If you hang the laundry in the morning, it should be dry 24 hours later, but we do find that it takes longer if you hang more than 1 load indoors.

Outdoor drying is similar but uses lines and pegs to hold the clothing on to the lines. 

Do you line dry your clothes ?


  1. No, I don't now, because we don't have a wood stove, which really helps to dry them. I enjoyed your lesson on how to hang the clothes :)

  2. I never use a tumble dryer, they're up there with patio heaters when it comes to evil appliances! Loving your blog, we embrace frugal living too and are also working towards our retirement xx