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Second Laundry Post for the Day

April 4th, 2017 at 10:39 pm

I mentioned in my post earlier today, that I have the hang of drying sheets hanging up in various places in our home. Sheets dry pretty fast, too.

Today, I needed to do a load of laundry. I decided I needed to bite the bullet and spend money on a laundry drying rack. I started the washer and went on my way to purchase one. I found a wood one at Walmart for just under $18 (although online it says $15 and I forgot I wanted to question it at the register). I did have to put it together, but it wasn't too hard, may have been harder if I had seen the instructions before I put it together! They seemed confusing. My laundry was washed at this point, so I went about hanging up some pants, shorts, under garments, socks and hand towels. I hung the shirts up on hangers and have those hanging in our bathroom. I expect that these will be mostly dry before we go to bed. I will fold them at that time.

And if I didn't point out this in another post about saving money on electricity, I'm considering the cost of the wood drying rack an investment that should pay big returns in lower electricity bills Specifically, I saved two loads of laundry from the dryer today, and the cost associated with running it. Yea!

17 Responses to “Second Laundry Post for the Day”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I'll be curious to see how you like it. I had an indoor line and rack in London, and while it was ok, I'm not sure I could hack it here. I'm a big fan of outdoor clothes drying in the summer though. You are a lot more organized than I am. When I'm working staying on top of the laundry is always running to catch up. Not a problem in the summer!

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    I own 6 wracks all together. The wooden one is the biggest and bought it at Walmart about 14 years ago for $15 and it's still good shape. The other 5 I bought through Amazon and were a bit pricier but have proven to be a money saving tool in the long run. My electric bill this month was $59.

  3. Dental Floss Tycoon Says:

    Wow! This sounds like a great idea for saving on the electric bill. Plus I remember many, many years ago when I had a clothes line in the back yard. Clothes feel so different after drying in the sun.

  4. Carol Says:

    My rack is from when I was in college( lol). (Retired now.)

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I used to have a rack, but I was never happy with the way clothes dried on it. Now I don't have the space for one. Sometimes I hang clothes in over the tub, but unless I can hang the whole load there is no money savings for me, since I have to pay for a pre-determined time on the dryer. I would definitely hang clothes outside if I could! (Against the rules here).

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    CB, I can understand why you don't hang yours, there is no savings! I'm going to experiment with using vinegar in the wash (it won't smell I know that), but may help with those items that dry a little stiff. I noticed it was the hand towels that dried that way with yesterday's load, everything else was still pretty soft. Smile
    I also can't hang outside due to HOA rules. I may use the rack on our enclosed porch this summer as I don't think it will be too visible to the neighbors. I can't hang outside right now because the pollen is outrageous. It's like someone dumped yellow chalk dust on my driveway!

  7. Dental Floss Tycoon Says:

    The pollen here has given my white car and everything outside a green tint.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    I have a drying rack that I bought when I was 18; didn't have access to a dryer. Still use it though, just to say it was a great investment! The air is very dry here, so things dry super fast. I guess I've never had any motivation to move it outdoors, accordingly. I just keep it in my closet.

  9. CB in the City Says:

    I use white vinegar in every wash. About 1/4 - 1/3 cup. I put it in one of those "Bounty" balls that is designed to release fabric softener in the final rinse. My laundry smells great.

  10. Bluebird Says:

    I've used drying racks for many years. I have 3, two folding racks (metal) and one large one on wheels (metal) for longer items and DH's clothes. The folding racks I purchased at BB&B. I hang hangers on the top rung of each side of the folding racks, the weight will need to be balanced or it will fall over, and I can hang at least 15 shirts or smaller items on each side of it. It dries overnight.

  11. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I use a rack so I don't have to dry clean but for the most part a dryer.

  12. LuckyRobin Says:

    If you end up with something that is really rough, you can throw it in the dryer on air fluff for a couple of minutes with a couple of dryer balls and the stiffness goes away. It's still using the dryer a little, but not for an hour. It's what I used to do.

  13. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks LR, I figured that might be a possibility too. This past load just had four hand towels. I didn't want to run the dryer just for those. Smile
    It's so fun to see that so many of you use drying racks. Not surprising really, as we are a frugal people. I think I was less motivated to save this way when I had younger children and more laundry! But I'm motivated now.

  14. Dental Floss Tycoon Says:

    I bought one last week at Walmart, which was on Rollback for $14.88.
    I started using it a few days ago, and it works great on just about all my clothes. My 100% silk shirt had to go into the dryer for a few minutes to eliminate some stiffness, and it took forever for some of my thick cotton socks to air dry.

    Mainstays Deluxe Knockdown Metal Drying Rack, Silver

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Deluxe-Knockdown-Metal-Drying-Rack-Silver/21081340

  15. creditcardfree Says:

    DFT, I feel like I inspired you! At this point I've probably dried at least five loads with the drier rack. I decided towels need to be nearly dry before I put them out for air drying. I also did use the dryer just before our trip, as I didn't have time to wait for things to dry.

  16. Dental Floss Tycoon Says:

    Yes, your blog here did inspire me to get a drying rack, and I'm really happy with the one I bought. After a few loads of clothes now, I'm getting used to which articles take longer, and I am adjusting my timing of doing some of the loads so there will be enough time for them to dry. Some of my thicker towels and socks still need some dryer time. I hope it will not only conserve some energy and lower electric bills, so also prolong the life of the dryer. Thanks to all!

  17. Buy, Hold Long Says:

    Very well done. I think washing and drying are one of my pet peeves. I really don't enjoy doing them so much!

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