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3 Ways to Dry Clothes that Don’t Blow

Drying clothes in small spaces can be difficult. Either you have no dryer or a slow-drying condenser model. Hanging your clothes on a clothesline off your fire escape is illegal in many state. And even when you have a dryer–either your own or at a laundromat–you might not want to use this appliance that is neither kind to your clothes or the environment (standard dryers create about 4.4 lbs of CO2 per load).

With all that in mind, here are three products that provide space-and-energy efficient ways to hang dry your clothes in your small space.

I. Leifheit Rollfix Retracting Clothesline


Rather than using a traditional clothesline that needs to be coiled and uncoiled and wrapped around some random object, the Rollfix has five lines that coil in a discreet case that mounts your wall. Just pull the lines out of the case and affix it to it’s mate on the other side of the room. Each line extends up to 13′ making for an incredible 69′ of drying line. We found this extremely useful product on Amazon for only $30.

II. Leifheit Telegant Mounted Clothes Dryer


The Telegant is ideal for smaller loads. Available in either 28″ or 40″ wide versions, this wall-mounted rack is an ordinary towel rack when closed, but features a telescoping drying rack with eight lines totally 26′ of drying line when opened (five and 14′ for the 28″ version). Prices on Amazon are $32 and $43 respectively.

III. The New Clothesline Company LOFTi


If you have high ceilings, this pulley mounted ceiling drying rack is pretty ideal. It has 22′ of drying rack space and a number of accessories such as a mobile-like sock hanger that help increase capacity. It’s available for $80 through IPPINKA.

  • clarkbennett

    For about $20.00 you can get an accordion style drying rack. Doesn’t require mounting to anything, folds up and stores in a closet and works great. If you are looking for a way to be even “greener” you can get two 5 gallon buckets and wash your clothes in one, pour the water into the next to wash another load. Rinse and wring out your clothes by hand and use your drying rack. Takes about 30 minutes to finish two loads of clothes and 24 hrs to dry. I came up with that method after a few trips to a laundromat in LA and deciding that they weren’t worthy of my quarters.

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  • Ti

    The deed restrictions against having clotheslines in neighborhoods is short sighted when considering the environmental impact of clothes dryers. I have had the luxury of refusing to purchase a home with that limitation and have been drying my clothes out of doors, even through the winters since I was 10 years old. I helped my mother hang out clothes and have done so for my family (including three children) for the next 56 years.
    Nothing more wonderful than sleeping on crispy sheets that have been dried outside.

  • Alex

    I just like the title of this article. Well played.

  • Sumanta Mandal

    we do not have an electrical dryer for last three years. we have been using this clothes dryer which i made from PVC pipes. serves a family of four. we do laundry on alternate days. here is the video on making of the dryer

  • RealGirlInTheRealWorld

    For $4 at the thrift store I bought a folding rack that works for everything, even sheets and blankets. Although, I can fold some of them them over the shower curtain rod if I wash all the bedding in one day. I’m a minimalist. I have less stuff and lots of space to set up the rack twice a month.

  • Diane Clement

    I live in a mobile home without much storage so I replaced my free-standing wooden dry rack with some flat bungee type cord purchased by the foot. I put up two eye bolts in the walls that flank my washer and dryer. I also bought a short, cheape bungee cord with big hooks and replaced the cord with 7 feet of the flat cord. When not in use, the cord with the clothespins store on one wall. I have two of them. Simple and cheap.