How to Make Do Without Your Dryer

What Are the Best Ways to Dry Clothes Without A Dryer?

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, going without a dryer for a few days is possible!

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

  1. 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. 
  2. 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!
  3. Lay 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.
  4. Run a ceiling fan or box fan on the clothes in combination with any of the above. Remember, the more dry air you can get circulating around your clothes, the faster they’ll dry.
  5. 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.

See our other articles on making do without your: rangedishwashermicrowavefridgeice maker, and standalone ice machine.

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