How to Make Do Without Your Dryer

Drying laundry clothes on drying rack

It’s surprising how disruptive it can be to go without an appliance for a few days, let alone a few weeks. In fact, most people who call us for an appliance repair haven’t even thought about how they can make do for a few days. While you will miss the convenience of a working appliance, just like ovens, cooktops, ranges, washers, dishwashers, fridges, ice makers, and microwaves, going without a dryer for a few days is possible!

What to do

As with any “emergency,” the first step is to stay calm. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then read the rest of this article. We’ll post a similar one on each major appliance, but for today, we are all about dryers!

The basic process for drying clothes is circulating dry air around your wet clothes, drawing moisture out of the clothes and into the air. More airflow equals quicker drying time. Warming the air speeds this process up even further. That’s why dryers work so well – they create lots of air flow, at high temperature, for fast drying.

Tips for drying clothes without a dryer

So how should you dry your clothes? Try the following suggestions to make it until your repair is completed.

  1. Drying clothes actually begins with the washing machine. Its spinning motion forces most of the water out of your clothes. If your washer ends the cycle and the clothes are still sopping wet, you may need to readjust the load so it’s spread evenly around the basket and run it again on the last part of the cycle, or just a rinse and spin. If you can squeeze water out of your clothing when it’s finished in the washer, your washer isn’t doing its job.

  2. If you already own a drying rack for delicate or bulky items, you can use it for all your clothes too. The more bars, the better! Place the rack outside on a warm day (unless it’s pollen season), or inside in a room with good circulation. If you don’t own one already, now might be a good time to make the small investment. Most fold up for storage, so they can be put away when they’re not in use.

  3. Make a makeshift clothesline inside or outside. If you’ve got string and sturdy anchor points, you’re in business. Just make sure you test the strength of your anchors before loading up the string with wet clothing. You don’t want to rip a picture hanger out of the wall in the process!

  4. If you don’t have a drying rack or a clothesline and don’t want to purchase either while you wait on your dryer, the next best option is laying clothes over hangers hung from a shower curtain rod, over the backs of chairs, and anywhere else you can find. All you need is something that won’t be ruined by wet clothing draped over it and that allows good airflow. Backs of chairs are usually great for this.

  5. In combination with any of the above, you can also run a ceiling fan or box fan on the clothes. Remember, the more dry air you can get circulating around your clothes, the faster they’ll dry.

  6. The last tip is to flip the clothing over after an hour or two. Doing so will help it dry faster and prevent showing the stretches from how it was hanging.

So how long should it take to dry a load? Realistically, it could take several hours, even under the best of circumstances. At least you’ll be relieved when your dryer is repaired or replaced.

For all you dryer and other appliance repair needs in the Midlands of South Carolina, give us at Appliance Professional a call or schedule an appointment online.