Although this type of day has its charm for many, the truth is that it makes an already cumbersome task a little more difficult for many: the laundry. The fact is that putting the clothing to dry outdoors at this time of the year is impossible, and if we do not have a place to hang it. But there’s a nice option from Ikea to solve that.
Horizontal clotheslines are the enemy of space inside the house. Ikea knows it and has sold a product with which you will dry your clothes perfectly without occupying large spaces. It is a vertical clothesline that adapts much better to any interior corner. It is also foldable, so you can store it in any corner a compact solution from Ikea that won’t get stuck in the middle of a hallway or a room because it takes up hardly any space and has a large capacity for hanging clothes.
MULIG: folding clothesline IKEA designed to take advantage of vertical space
This is the IKEA MULIG clothesline from Ikea, designed to take advantage of vertical space. It has four levels and offers the possibility to open only half of it and put it next to the wall if you do not have much laundry and want to save space. In addition, because the feet can be adjusted, it remains stable even on uneven floors. It is white, 160 cm high and 72 cm wide, and is available at $39.
If you don’t need so much space for clothes, Ikea sells the same clothesline model but with three tiers instead of four. This clothesline measures 152 cm high and 99 cm wide. It is slightly wider, making it ideal for hanging large towels and bed linens. In addition, it also folds up so that we can pick it up comfortably when we finish the laundry. It is also priced at 39 dollars, and both enjoy excellent customer reviews.
It should be noted that all materials are recyclable since its support is made of steel with polyester powder coating; the hook is made of reinforced polyamide plastic, and the tube cover is made of polypropylene plastic. As for maintenance, it should be cleaned with a damp cloth and a mild cleaner or detergent. A perfect solution for today’s homes.
The JÄLL and the BOAXEL drying racks, classic designs for full usage of space
Maybe you don’t have that much space, and that’s why you might new a movable and foldable option. Consider the classic design of the JÄLL drying rack, so practical you might use it inside or outside as well. This ingenious device is designed to fold flat when not in use, making it a convenient space-saving option for any home.
It has 10 rods to hang a lot of clothes, and you can maximize the use of space with various accessories offered by IKEA, such as the PRESSA hanging dryer, or the SLIBB hanger with eight grip clips.
If you want to place a fixed drying rack, you can opt for the BOAXEL, which is installed on the wall but can be placed against the wall leaving the space also completely free. Like the other options, they are very practical to take advantage of every inch of your house.
Tips to avoid odor when drying clothes at home
It is well known that in order not to smell after washing, clothes should be dried in the open air. We always hang wet clothes near an open window to circulate air. However, we can also avoid unpleasant odors indoors by adopting solutions for hanging and drying clothes and a few tricks. In addition to the steam already mentioned, we can use a radiator clothesline or place it near the radiator. A good alternative would be to hang them on the towel warmer in the bathroom. This will also be a way to avoid condensation and prevent mold and mildew from forming on the walls.
Placing a dehumidifier in the house will also be useful to protect the home from mildew, which will dry clothes more quickly. Using an electric clothesline is also effective, which will dry the clothes and prevent dampness. Of course, using an electric dryer is also valid. We can consider a portable in a small house with little space available. Small ones, almost cube-shaped ones, or larger ones with wheels. The latter is mainly vertical and can be ball-shaped or cabinet-shaped. We have to hang the clothes on them so they won’t wrinkle or damage.
Why hang clothes outdoors
The answer to this question is simple: if you want your clothes to dry, cool, and be completely free of moisture, it is best to hang or hang them outside. Laying your clothes inside your home can lead to moisture buildup and encourage mould on the walls, furniture, or even clothes. Therefore, hang clothes on an outside clothesline whenever possible to dry in the sun’s warmth.
Where to dry clothes quickly: unbelievable!
Believe it or not, your freezer can become your best ally to dry clothes quickly and easily. Just put the garment you want to dry in a plastic bag and close it tightly. Put it in the freezer overnight, and? Voila! You didn’t expect it, did you? Try it and be amazed.
Using a dehumidifier to dry laundry indoors
The function of a dehumidifier is to remove moisture from the environment. All humidifiers speed up the drying process of clothes because they remove moisture. They do this naturally, without using high temperatures, so they do not damage clothes. They are instrumental in humid climates, where you will benefit not only from better drying of clothes but also from maintaining proper humidity levels for well-being.
Advantages of drying clothes with a dehumidifier
Drying clothes with a dehumidifier has many advantages over other drying methods:
- You can dry all types of fabrics, even those that should not be put in the dryer, such as silk, wool… and all kinds of delicate garments.
It does not damage the clothes because it does not subject them to high temperatures. The dehumidifier accelerates the natural drying process of the clothes.
- It is more hygienic and healthier. Mould and germs trapped in wet clothes will survive, neither inside the fabric of your clothes nor in the room where you decide to dry your clothes with the dehumidifier.
- “You kill two birds with one stone.” At the same time that you dry your clothes, you remove excess humidity from the environment. You won’t need two appliances in humid climates where it is advisable to have a dehumidifier at home. You can dispense with the dryer and have only a dehumidifier, which will perform its function perfectly.
Options For drying clothes in the winter or when it rains
- Use a clothes dryer: Clothes dryers are a fast and efficient option for drying clothes, especially in the winter or when it rains, but they have high energy consumption and can be expensive in the long run. If you prefer to use a dryer, which many of us do all year round, you should be aware of the cost involved. A clothes dryer consumes an average of 3.5 kWh per cycle. This figure varies depending on the size and efficiency of the dryer. The length of a drying cycle depends on several factors, such as the size of the load, the amount of moisture, the type of fabric, the type of program selected, etc. It takes approximately 30 to 90 minutes to dry a full load.
- You can hang clothes inside your home, especially in heated rooms. Ensure enough space for clothes to dry completely, and avoid turning them near heat sources, such as radiators or stoves, to prevent damage.
- You can use a pulley or clothesline to hang clothes if you have a protected outdoor space, such as a patio or garden. Be sure to cover the clothes with a tarp or protective cover to prevent them from getting wet in the rain.
- Use a washing machine with a spin option: Some washing machines have a spin option that allows you to remove much of the water from the clothes before hanging them. This can speed up the drying process and make clothes dry faster.