As winter turns to spring and the weather starts improving, there are more opportunities to air-dry your clothes. Aside from the environmental benefits of using a laundry rack, air-drying your clothing can also help you lower your BC Hydro bill.
If you need ample drying space, look for bigger racks that can hold up to a full load of laundry. But if you’re looking for something more compact, there are plenty of options available, too. Whatever rack you choose, drying time shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours. Here are a few options to consider.
1. Polder Compact Accordion Clothes Drying Rack
PolderThis full-sized drying rack is great for small spaces, folding flat so it can be stored out of sight while providing 18 feet of drying space. The rack is lightweight yet made of heavy-duty steel, and its smooth surface ensures clothes won’t be stretched out of shape. For pricing, check online, amazon.ca
2. Ikea Pressa
IKEAThis hanging rack with 16 clothes clips is perfect for drying socks, lingerie and smaller clothing items. And thanks to its funky design, the Pressa doubles as avant-garde decor. $5.99, ikea.ca
3. OXO Good Grips Folding Clip Dryer
OXOThis compact hanger is strong enough for all types of clothing with three hooks that can be mounted on a shower curtain rod. Once drying is done, fold the rack in half and store it out of sight.$24.99, bedbathandbeyond.ca
4. Greenway Wall-mounted Drying Rack
WalmartThis rack has six bars that can be adjusted to three different heights. Bonus: the black-
and-silver design will add a shot of style to any laundry room or bathroom. $29.99, walmart.ca
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5. ULAT Dryer Balls
UlatIn addition to decreasing drying time by up to 50%, these handmade wool balls are hypoallergenic, sustainable and locally made. Plus, because they’re large and soft, they provide a lofting action in the dryer for air to flow through a greater surface area on garments, which softens fabrics and reduces wrinkles. $30 for a set of three balls (good for a minimum 100 loads), ulat.ca
6. Nellie’s All-natural Laundry Soda
Nellie's All NaturalEco-friendly and free of toxins, this highly concentrated laundry soda removes odours and rinses without residue. Natural products are particularly ideal for people with allergies or sensitivities to fragrance. $55.99 for about 400 loads, costco.ca
7. Whirlpool Ventless Dryer
This high-efficiency dryer from Whirpool uses 73% less energy and can be installed in multiple places in your home thanks to ventless heat pump technology. For pricing, visit your local appliance store, whirlpool.ca
Keen to reduce your energy consumption but aren’t able to dry everything on a line or rack?
No problem: simply add a dry towel to your wet clothing in the dryer. The towel will absorb moisture and reduce drying time, and the cost of using the appliance.