Laundry Drying Help!

DjonmaMay 9, 2005

Hi,

I'm new here!

My boyfriend and I have a small one-bed apartment.

It's really tiny.

The boiler is in a closet of its own with no space to hang clothing.

There's a tiny closet next to it that has racks for hanging clothing.

So I've been using that as the airing cupboard as we have a wasahing machine but no dryer.

The washing isn't drying well though.

It's taking a long time to dry (especially jeans!) and it's coming out smelling damp.

The closet is becoming damp and I'm worried about it.

We don't have garden space, so I can't hang clothing outside to dry.

I'm not sure we really have enough space to buy a clothes horse and hang anything inside either.

Has anyone got any ideas on how I can effectively dry our clothes quickly and with very little space required?

Thank you!

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rivkadr

Get a dehumidifier -- it sucks the wetness out of the air (and the clothes) in a relatively short time period, and will help with the mold and dampness as well. We don't dry my husband's good shirts (because they shrink), and just hang them up with the dehumidifier running right in front of them -- they're usually dry later that night or by the next morning.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 2:34PM
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talley_sue_nyc

at the VERY least, leave the closet door OPEN when clothes are in there. Air needs to circulate around.

A stand of some sort you could use as a hanging bar, to hang hangers on, would be good if it folds--it might take less space than a clothes horse..

Or hang them over the shower-curtain rod, if you have one.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 4:22PM
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kitchenlover

Instead of spending another $1.50 in my complex's laundry room to dry my clothes, I always bring them after washing into my bathroom and hang them from hangers on the shower rod. My mom does this at home and it seems to work well. I even made a clothesline of sorts by stringing some ribbon from a couple door knobs to dry socks and smaller items.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 4:46PM
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gammyt

It is only the two of you, can't be that much laundry. When there were 5 of us and the washer and dryer were both $1 each. I spent the money to dry towels and jeans but everything else air dried.

Laundry day was any curtain rod available, the back of a kitchen chair holds three shirt, shower rods hold a lot and life goes on.

I did it for so long quarters were gold in my eyes. I have had a washer and dryer for 2 years now. I still catch myself giving a clerk two dimes and a nickle instead of a quarter. I have finally stopped the "wash load is done I need to bring hangers/find quarters" thing. LOL

The living room curtain rod is a great place. It might not be what you want in your first place but it is what you have and it only takes a few hours.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2005 at 5:54PM
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moonshine22

i got a tension mount drying pole from target.com (i've also seen them on amazon.com). it can hold at least 18 hangers (i.e with the wet clothes on the hangers) and i hang small items on the arms above the hangers. it has a much smaller "footprint" than a normal drying horse, and i find it attractive-looking enough to just leave it up all the time and hang plants on it when not in use for drying clothes. the specs say it is 9.5 feet tall, but you can leave a segment of the pole out and reduce the height.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2005 at 1:08PM
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kaye-tx

Does anyone have suggestions for preventing sheets from wadding up in the dryer?

    Bookmark   November 6, 2008 at 8:20AM
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