Lunchtime Link: Drying Clothes Without Electricity

Not much to share today. My hubby got hurt yesterday and is out of work until Monday at the very earliest. We’ll see what happens on Monday. Since he’s home, he’s on parenting duty while I work on Etsy & Ebay listings (something that is harder than you might think with a super helpful 4 year old). He didn’t do it AT work, so this is time off without pay, so trying to make up the difference from what will be missing from his paycheck.

We cannot catch a break,I swear.

Just wanted to share these tips today for drying clothes without an electric dryer or when you have the power shut off. This is one of those things people ask for tips on quite often. I think Mom with a Prep covers it well. We didn’t have a dryer for years and last year at tax return time got the old one repaired. In the summer, drying was easy. In the winter (NY) , not so much… and having a big family probably made it trickier. Pretty much if there was a place that could have a rope strung, it became drying space. The thick cloth diapers were hardest to dry inside but I found that the standard wooden drying racks worked best if I placed them really close to the heater and flipped them occasionally.

How to Dry Your Clothes Without Power - Mom with a PREP //  Whether you are existing in a post-disaster situation with no power or you are choosing to rely less on the grid that provides power for your home, finding ways to effectively dry your clothes, in no matter what amount of space that you have, can be daunting if the only option you've seen is the large telephone-like limbers that take up the entire backyard of someone's home.

How To Dry Your Clothes Without Power

Ironically, it’s raining like crazy here today and I just threw a load of laundry in the dryer.
There’s flooding in parts around us. I peeked out into the garden and some parts are underwater. Sigh.

Nick Drake is always my rainy day music…

8 thoughts on “Lunchtime Link: Drying Clothes Without Electricity

  1. I couldn’t make outside line drying work for me with my pollen allergies and birds leaving “souvenirs ” lol I do hang a lot of stuff up in my basement and take the heavier/bigger stuff to the laundromat and use their big dryer.

  2. When I lived up in PA we used the clothes line nearly year round (during January and February we had an indoor line near the woodstove). As an experiment, I picked a couple of months and only used the dryer. The difference we paid in electricity was about $20-25 per month for those months in which we only used the dryer for our clothes (the dryer type was one of those stackable apartment type washer/dryer combos; it was probably about 8 years old; we are a household of two farming adults).

  3. We lived in the country for ten years. I was a city girl, but the home we bought had a coal burning furnace(we collected wood as we could to save buying coal). In the winter I hung clotheslines in my kitchen, and hung all our clothes there to dry, summer they went outdoors and hung. We had allergies but we had an electric company that charged 3x the average price, with a deep well(400+ ft down) it cost a fortune in electric just to have water! We collected rain water and used it to flush commodes, even filled the kiddie pool and let the kids bathe(in their underwear) outside in real warm weather and then watered the garden with that to save money. We even bought a used wringer washer to save paying electric to pump water for laundry.

  4. Here in Australia, clothes lines are a standard item in backyards 🙂 I have a dryer, but try VERY hard not to use it because our power is outrageously expensive here. I like the fresh smell that line drying gives anyway. We are lucky to be in a subtropical climate, so we hang our laundry out year round…. ironically I use the dryer more in summer (rainy season) than I do in winter.

  5. I live in Maine, and I haven’t had a clothes dryer in a couple of years. I actually gave it away on Freecycle :). To dry our clothes, I have a line outside that I use, mostly year round, but not as much during the winter, because … well, hanging wet laundry in sub-freezing weather is painful for my fingers. I use the line outside in the spring, summer and fall. For most of the laundry during the winter, I use a wooden drying rack inside, and all of our underclothes are put on lines in the bathroom.

  6. I was sorry to read about your husband. Hope he is doing okay. In Ireland rain is a constant daily factor, so we get used to drying clothes indoors, some of us have a drying wrack above our wood burning stoves which is a good idea but you have to remember if you are going out to take them off it.

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