This is a project I have been thinking of doing for a while in my head. When we first got married some 9 years ago we never had a dryer and just used to hang our washed laundry on a rack in the apartment to dry. For 4 and a half years we were fine with that. Now ever since we moved to Kansas and bought the house we have had a dryer, but alas with that convenience comes a price. The price is in natural gas which continually goes up and the price in winter around here usually doubles.
Knowing this I wanted to get back into air drying again. The problem with just putting up a mega clothesline is that aside from the storms, rain and bird poop… my wife’s allergies are so severe that air drying outside is just not an option.
So I spent some time cleaning off the back porch which is more of a mud room between the kitchen and the garage. I bought a few materials and used some lumber left overs from when I put shelves in the tool shed and whipped up a mega-indoor-air-drying-station. So far we love it.
I have a wall that is about 12 feet long with a deep freezer of 4 feet at one end. So I put wire shelving down the whole 12 foot length for hanging hangers of clothes and such on. Beside the freezer I built a 2×4 framed clothes drying rack with line spaced 3″ apart for drying baby clothes and towels and cloth diapers and such. All in all we can air dry a TON of laundry. It is on the back room so it is not outdoors, but it is not indoors either so it does not add humidity to the house.
Total project cost for materials (mostly the shelving and brackets) was about $60.00
Right now we are paying about 10.00 per unit of gas and about 20.00 per unit in the winter. Each month we use at least 1 unit in just the dryer so we are looking at 10-20 dollars a month in savings. So by Christmas that rack will have paid for itself and from New Years on out it will be paying us in return.
Hope this inspires you as well, it was hard work, but so worth it.