It’s easy to use the dryer but did you know it’s also the second biggest drain on electricity in your home? So, to save money off your next electricity bill buy a clothing horse or start using the washing line – pronto.
It might seem like a lot more effort but it really isn’t if you use these 7 tips next time you hang your washing.
1. Use Hangers
Use coat hangers to hang your shirts to not only keep them in shape, but also half your ironing time. If you’re still inclined to use the dryer, do so, but after you’ve hung them out and they are almost dry. That way you’ll only need to put the shirts in for less than 20 minutes.
2. Maximise Space
When you are putting on one, two, three or even four loads of washing a weekend (or day), you can find yourself playing the waiting game until the last load is dry. By overlapping the edges of clothes, it will allow for a bit more space and also use up less pegs – which have you noticed, always seem to go missing…
Another brilliant idea is to hang items across the lines rather than on the line, see how that works below.
3. Use The Sun
Can’t remove those stubborn stains? The sun is more powerful than you realise as it will actually make your white clothes look more whiter and brighter.
4. Turn Clothes Inside Out
As much as the sun is good for white clothes, for coloured and darker clothes it’s another story. Over time colours can fade and it’s important to protect them as much as possible, by either taking them out of direct sunlight and/or turning them inside out.
5. Go Upside Down
Ever had that moment when you take a top off to wear that day and you have peg marks that you can seem to get rid of? Well to avoid ugly marks on your favourite blouse hang it upside down.
6. Remove Excess Water
Your clothes will dry a lot faster if you can squeeze as much water as you can out of them. The best way to do this is to use a clean dry towel and roll up the piece of clothing inside the towel (like a roulade) as tightly as you can, then unroll and hang on the line.
7. Flat Drying
For clothes that stretch, such as jumpers and dresses, make sure you lay them to flat dry so that the shape reminds intact. This can be on a table, the ground (make sure you use a towel underneath), or these days you can actually buy flat dryers for this purpose.
Have you got any other laundry hacks for hanging out washing? Let us know in the comments below.