How do yoiu dry the clothes from the washing machine?

@mermaidivy (15415)
United States
May 7, 2009 3:28pm CST
Most of the time, I put the wet clothes into the dryer, just run it and it will get dry within an hour. I have considered that I want to save the electricity so I sometimes put it in front of the fireplace since I need it to be turned on on the cold winter so it can releases heat as well as drying the clothes. Sometimes when it is sunny or windy outside, I hang the clothes on the deck, it will get dry easy too. What do you do with the wet clothes?
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41 responses
• United States
7 May 09
In the summer days I hang them outside, just sometimes i have to use the dryer cause I have way to many clothes to wash. But I always liked the way they smell when you bring them in from outside.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Yea, they smell like the sun :-D
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
9 May 09
I usually just use the dryer because it is the most convent. but sometimes in the summer i hang them out on the line, especially my sheets, I love the fresh smell that you get from hanging the clothes out on the line.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
11 May 09
I like that too :-)
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
7 May 09
we live in a town house complex and oddly enough, we are not allowed to have umbrella type clothes racks outside, so what i do is throw the clothes in the dryer for a cycle then hang them up in the basement. as long as our furnace is one, they dry quite well - of course they take longer to dry in the summer.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for responding! :-)
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
7 May 09
Right now I don't have anywhere outside to hang them, but I have been known to hang them over chairs and towel racks in the house to get my clothes dry. It saves on energy and cash, plus if you normally starch your jeans or button downs, it saves you a little work. I love the way my jeans feel when I let them hang out to dry instead of using the dryer. Thanks for starting this discussion, and have a great day!
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
I like that feeling of the clothes too, feels so nice and smells nice :-)
• United States
7 May 09
Unfortunately, my only option at the moment is the dryer. It works fantastically! I love having clothes warm out of the dryer. But lately, we have been doing A LOT of laundry. My husband is in school for massage therapy. He has to provide his own sheets for classes and when he works in the clinic. That isnt a problem, the sheets werent expensive. The worst part is having to do laundry [/i]constantly[i]. He just started working in the clinic, so the loads of laundry have mulitplied this last month. When I got the electric bill I was not pleased! We keep our electricity usage very low, but it had gone up by 25% because of all of the laundry we had to do! I really wish we had the space for a clothes line. The sheets would have that fresh, sunshine smell. And we could save some money too!
• United States
7 May 09
When I was working as a massage therapist I bought 20 sets of sheets and went to the laundy mat. It actually saved money because I could use the largest washer and the dryers were great. It took time from home but it was worth it.
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for the tip. That might be something we will consider in the future. We just literally dont have time right now! The laundry always gets thrown in and we do other stuff while it is running before it makes it to the dryer. As soon as he is done school, that might be what we do!
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
I have read some discussions here before said vinegar makes it soft and clean but I haver ner tried, I was just going to do laundry, let me give it a shot! ;-)
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
8 May 09
i hang them... before i used to put them in the dryer so the clothes will dry fast, but because of high electricity bills, i stopped using the dryer and just hang the clothes. our front have roof so even when it rains, the clothes will still get dry but it will take 2 days before it gets really dry. sometimes if the clothes are really needed and will be used early the next day, like pants, i hang them at the back of the refrigerator, they dry up quickly as the back of the fridge is hot. if its only shirt or dress or underwear, i put them in front of the electric fan.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
• United States
11 May 09
Hello, I used to dry my clothes by hanging them outside, or up around the house, then it became to be to much for me, so I started using electric dryer. Electric dryers get the clothes dry really fast amd the they dry all the way through. I don't like my clothes to be damp, and I smelly, and I found that when I hung my clothes up instead of elecrtic drying them that would be the case, so I'm all for electric drying my clothes. Happy My Lotting!
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
7 May 09
I always use the dryer. I don't like to hang them out because then they don't feel as soft as from right out of the dryer.
• United States
7 May 09
If you have space to hang them up outside, it really helps with stain removal and they always smell fantastic! To help with the softness, add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine. I know it sounds strange, but it really helps. You cant smell the vinegar and your laundry still comes out soft!
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
But they smell like the sun :-)
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
25 May 09
I put them in the dryer for about 10 minutes, then I hang them on hangers, and hang the hangers on my stairway railing. I leave them there till they are fully dried before putting them away in the appropriate closet. However I always dry socks, underwear, and towels in the dryer thoroughly.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
27 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
25 May 09
I also usually just throw the clothes in the dryer. With big stuff however, like blankets and sometimes even sheets I will hang them out on the deck to dry. I figure why not use a little less electricity and that is the stuff that will put the most wear and tear on your dryer.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
27 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
• United States
22 May 09
I actually use both outside and the dryer. Sometimes my dryer dry slow so I'll take it right outside so I can continue with washing and won't get slowed down.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
27 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
9 May 09
I most times put the clothes in the roof top terrace to dry in the sun. I also think we can't put it inside the house as it will pour water from the clothes. One of the best way is to put it in the sun or place where there is lots of wind or sun or outside the house.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
11 May 09
Thanks for responding! :-)
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
9 May 09
A majority of the time I use the clothes dryer but I do have a line hung up so I can hang them to dry if I want. If they are items I know we don't need right away or I am pretty much caught up on my laundry then I will hang them to dry. If I am pretty consistent with it I can see a big difference in my electric bill.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
11 May 09
Yea, that's why I do that too. Thanks for responding! :-)
• Philippines
8 May 09
Hi mermaidivy.. I do the washing of clothes during weekends only. We are just two so we dont have much laundry. With the bedsheets and especial clothes (normally my clothes) I hang them since I dont have time to iron my clothes. For most of our laundry I put it immediately to our drier. Summer is coming so maybe I will try to hang them outside to get those dried with the sun.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
11 May 09
I like the smell afer the sun dry :-)
• United States
8 May 09
We are in an apartment complex and we dont have a back yard so I cant hang the clothes out. I know when I was growing up, before my mom got a dryer, we used to hang clothes out to dry. I hated when we would forget to bring them in and have to go out at night to get them. Granted we had a house and they were in the backyard but there we bugs and snakes and stuff crawling around. I use a dryer most of the time now. On occasion I will hang things in the bathroom to dry but its rare. Or if it is something that shouldnt go in the dryer I will hang in in the bathroom as well.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
11 May 09
The air is pretty dry in where I live so when I hang them outside or inside, it gets dry very quick.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
8 May 09
I do a bit of both. I'll use the dryer for larger, heavier items, but I'll air dry smaller things and delicate items that shouldn't go in the dryer. I'm using less energy and saving on my electric bill, plus my clothes smell fresher and cleaner when air dried.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
11 May 09
Dryer kills delicate clothes very easily I think, I sometiomes just put them outside and dry it. Thanks for responding! :-)
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
8 May 09
I put my clothes in the dryer all the time. I don't have a clothes line but if I did I wouldn't put my clothes on it anyway. I am afraid the wind would blow them away LOL. It does save on electricity when you hang your clothes instead.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
• India
8 May 09
My washing machine dries almost 80% so the clothes are just a little wet to touch by the time they come out. Since India is a hot sunny country and its summertime now, I hang out the semi-dried clothes on the balcony and they are dry in an hour. It’s a little lengthy in the monsoons (it can rain cats and dogs like in the tropics) but nevertheless, I dry them outside.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
@Boffle (124)
8 May 09
I always try to dry my clothes by hanging them outside. I love the fresh smell that you get when you do that. As you say, drying them in a dryer is quicker and probably more efficient, but even if you add one of those fragranced square things that are supposed to give your clothes a fresh smell, it's still not as good as drying them outside. I also sometimes dry them over the radiator if they're on; that makes the room smell nice but makes the clothes go a little bit hard.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
8 May 09
i like this discussion guys:) to be honest you can dry it whatever way you choose. You might use a dryer like some of the mylotters have said here which usually comes included with modern washine machines. However i think the best way to me is to use the natural sun rays and the wind. Maybe i am paranoid, but i feel that is the best way to dry clothes as it makes me feel fresher. You can also do the iron till dry method..:), the only problem is that you might stink at the end of the say which is quite unpleasant. Easy guys
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)
@Henrysun (40)
• China
8 May 09
I think it's better that you hang the clothes under the sun. Sun light can kill germ. It is better for your skin and will keep you beautiful. Also, can save electricity. Surely, if the weather is too hot, turn the inner side of the clothes to be out side, or collor will fade.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
8 May 09
Thanks for sharing! :-)