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We all know how much electricity our dryers use which is why more and more renters and homeowners are looking into using the sun to dry their clothes. However, this plan may only work during certain seasons. How are you supposed to dry your clothes during the wet season or during the cold winter months when the sun barely comes out during the day? You cannot manage to only wash your clothes during the sunny days so what can you do?

It is true that using a dryer can waste a lot of energy and cost you a lot on your electrical bills each year. However, sometimes you need to have something dried in a hurry and the weather is not cooperating. If you do have a pile of clothes and the rain is still going on outside then you have a few options.

Drying Clothes in Wet Weather

One thing you can do is set up a clothes line in your garage or other undercover area, making sure it is away from your house or apartment pets. Even if it is raining outside your clothes will still get dry; however, it is going to take a lot longer than if they were roasting in the hot sun. Invest in a portable clothes line so you can easily move in from your garage to your grass area when a small patch of sunlight comes through. Even a half of hour of sunlight can dry your clothes.

It is not only wet weather that can put a damper on your clothes drying scheme. Icy cold weather can also make it hard to dry your clothes. After all, if you leave your clothes out when there is snow on the ground they are going to come back even wetter and possibly frost bitten than before. When you are looking at winter weather you may need to buckle down and rely on your dryer.

However, don't reach for the dryer just yet. What you can do is place your items on a clothes line inside or even hang them up in your bathroom on your shower rod. Let them air dry for a couple of hours before putting them into the dryer. That way you don't have to rely on your dryer for an extended period of time.

Using your dryer to dry your soaking wet clothes is going to take up a lot of power and can take up to two hours to get your wet clothes soft again. Allowing your clothes to air dry, even if they are not completely dry, and then putting them in the dryer is not only going to cut down on your energy costs but it is also going to improve the look and feel of your clothes.

Using your dryer too much can cause your clothes to shrink or stretch which means a poorer fit. Furthermore, drying your clothes can also make them look old and worn faster than you want them to. If you air dry your clothes, even if it is in the house rather than in the direct sunlight, you can expect your clothes to look and feel a lot fresher. Simply place them into the dryer for 15 minutes to get rid of the extra moisture and add the softness to your laundry.

Drying clothes during the wet season or through the winter months can be a challenge. It is easy to rely on your dryer week after week. Take the time to air dry your clothes and you will see a big difference in your clothing as well as your energy bills.

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