Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

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.