5 Tips for Living Life Without a Dryer

updated Oct 3, 2022
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Although the idea of living without a dryer might sound itchy and scratchy — for many, it’s just a way of life. My husband and I don’t currently have a dryer in our home and aren’t big on drying things at the laundromat. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the way to end up with clothes that dry quickly and end up super soft! And guess what? Follow these suggestions, and your clothes can be hang dried and still soft, too!

How to Dry Clothes Without a Dryer

1. Your Soap Matters

In previous posts about laundry, we’ve talked about adding white vinegar rinses to your wash load for softer clothes, but in the last six months, my husband and I have even stopped doing that. Why? Because we’ve found something better.

Sure, vinegar works great (it really does), but all we had to do was switch our soap (check out our review of Zum’s laundry soap here ). Now clothes dry in less time and are snuggle soft (seriously)!

2. The Sooner the Better

It doesn’t matter where you wash your clothes (at home or the laundromat); the sooner you can get them hanging to be dried, the better. Make sure you leave a basket, a note (in case someone decides to rotate it for you), or set a timer to make sure you get back on time.

For some, immediately putting them on hangers works; for others drying racks and the backs of chairs will do just fine. All that matters is that your clothes receive the most amount of air circulation as quickly as possible. Make sure to rotate your items (wherever they hang) halfway through drying to avoid pulling corners and lessen the amount of time it will take for things to dry fully.

3. Clothes Line vs. Drying Rack

Yes, we own a drying rack. Two of them, in fact, but when it comes right down to it, they might take up a small footprint on the floor — but they don’t dry clothes as fast as other options (unless you have a nearby box fan).

In our last loft, we ran a double-decker clothesline, and things were usually dry in a few hours. In a smaller space, the same thing is possible; just look at where you could put anchors in your home. You don’t see them when the line is down! Here’s a quick tutorial on making your own.

4. You Don’t Have to Give a Hoot About the Environment

The first question we always get is, “Are you guys trying to save the planet or something?” Although that’s a nice bonus, that isn’t our logic. For starters, we just don’t need one. Second of all, our spaces haven’t allowed us to own one very often for whatever reason, and we’ve adapted. It’s really not that difficult; just try it a few times, so you build a routine and you’ll be good to go!

5. But What About the Towels?

When most people think about life without a dryer, it’s easy to imagine hanging all your shirts and pants, but the thought of line-drying towels (unless it’s summer) might give people the heebie-jeebies. But they could be scratchy? And won’t they dry stiff? But I might chafe something post-shower, uncool!

If you’ve switched your soap like mentioned above or use vinegar rinses and you have good airflow, we promise your towels will dry just fine. Sometimes a box fan can help, or make sure they’re hanging over a heater vent in winter!