8 Tips to Organizing a Drying Rack

8 Tips to Organizing a Drying Rack


A Totally Overloaded Drying Rack

After doing loads of laundry, sometimes the last thing we feel like doing is hanging up our wet clothes to dry. Yes, it's mostly that we're being lazy, but there's also an art to doing it well so that the clothes dry quickly and with as few wrinkles as possible. To avoid having a totally overloaded drying rack, Ashley from Design*Sponge recently wrote a great post with suggestions on buying and using drying racks, and we've added a few tips that we've aquired over the years:

1 Smooth out garments before hanging, particularly pants, to avoid wrinkles.
2 Place smaller items like socks, undergarments or cloth-cleaning rags on the lower racks. Longer items, such as sheets, towels and pants will need the uppermost racks.
3 Similarly, place lightweight fabrics on the inner and lowermost racks, and heavier fabrics on top and outer racks so that they are in more contact with warm air.
4 Hang pants, including jeans, upside-down. The waist will dry more quickly if it has increased air flow.
5 Hang items near each other that get stored away together, to make hanging and folding quick and easy.
6 Position the rack as close to a heat source as possible (taking caution to avoid any fire risks). This could be on an upper floor/story where its warmer, or near a stove, furnace, radiator, heating duct or even near a warm sunny window. Or, if you're in a rush, use a fan to help speed drying time.
7 If possible, put the rack in a bathtub or shower. This provides a water-friendly surface for any miscellaneous dripping and keeps the rack out of the way.
8 If you live with pets, once the indoor rack has done its work your laundry might benefit from a few minutes in the automatic dryer to remove unwanted fur and lint.

What are your best drying rack tips?

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