Good Reasons to Air Dry Laundry in Winter (and 5 Racks You'll Love)

Good Reasons to Air Dry Laundry in Winter (and 5 Racks You'll Love)

Regina Yunghans
Jan 7, 2014
(Image credit: HipVilla)

I'm a huge advocate of air-drying most of my clothing and linens on an outdoor line in the summer and on an indoor rack in the winter. It's easier on fabrics than electric clothes dryers and reduces the energy bill (or quarters needed at the laundromat). In the winter, however, there are even more reasons to air dry your clothes...

  • Air drying reduces static cling that can be really, really, bad in the dry winter air. No need for chemical fabric softeners.
  • Air drying introduces moisture into the air, which is much needed during the dry winter months.
  • I find that air drying in the winter can actually be quicker than running a load in the dryer. The dryer traps moisture inside and can take forever. Towels, especially, can benefit from an air drying and then a quick fluff on tumble dry to soften them up.

If you're sold, these are five collapsable racks that I love. I just received the second one as a gift and use it constantly:

  1. OXO adjustable drying rack at Crate & Barrel, $69.95
  2. Madison Mill wooden drying rack at Amazon, $40
  3. Folding Umbrella Wall Clothes Drying Rack by Cottage Craft Works, $125
  4. Mama wood drying rack at HipVilla, $366
  5. 8-Dowel Drying Rack at The Container Store, $9.99

Do you air dry your clothing in the winter? Moreso than in the summer, even?

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