So Many Ways to Hang Your Clothes To Dry: You don't need yards-n-yards of clothesline or a big back yard. Try these alternatives, and I'm sure you can think of more:
(1) Racks from a freezer or refrigerator. After the freezer goes ka-put, salvage the racks, hang them up on nails with wire coat hangers.
(2) Use regular hangers with clothespins. You can hang these almost anywhere, even on one another. You'd be surprised how much laundry you can hang in a small space this way.
(3) String a couple strands of wire between 2 hooks in your ceiling, either in front of your closet or in the shower. If the wire sags in the middle, put a few clip clothespins along it in intervals to hold your hangers.
(4) Also if you have a wooden clothes drying rack, it can stay in your shower all day long, not too bad to just move it once a day when you take a shower.
(5) Be sure to keep your shower curtain rod clean so you can drape something over it to dry if you're in a hurry.
(6) In fair weather, drape your throw rugs, blankets and quilts over your bannister. You can turn them over once during drying if they are really thick and heavy. There now! You hardly have to use your electric or gas dryer at all.
Where there's a will, there's a way Jayne! I always felt sorry for apartment dwellers who couldn't hang their washing out to dry, and I haven't been able to do my washing all week because of rain - I should have used my head like you! I remember my Mum used to dry the washing on a wooden 'book shaped' stand with rails in front of the fire in rainy weather. (08/27/2004)
By Jo Bodey
We live in a city apartment but I'm from the country and I'm a clothes-hangin' girl! You can buy retractable clotheslines with a hook at one end which you just mount on the wall (make sure you bolt each end to a stable place in the wall, preferably a stud)- just pull out the line and hook it to the opposite wall and you have a nice long clothesline indoors.
I also have a line out on my small 2nd story porch consisting of about 7' of light chain (available by the foot on bolts at the hardware store- inexpensive) strung between two hooks kinda high up near the back of the porch. I just hang wet clothes on hangers in the chain- they are secure and stuff dries nicely in the air. This is also inexpensive and has been so very handy, as we generate way too much laundry every week.
I noticed that one of my neighbors has recently copied this idea on her porch.
Just remember to hang the chain line back a ways- they don't want to see your stuff before their eyes whenever they sit on their own porch. And don't hang "unmentionables" outside- keep the clothesline classy! (08/28/2004)
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