5 Cheap DIY Indoor Clothesline Ideas (To Save Money)

If you are a homeowner, you know that washers and dryers—even the energy-efficient models—heavily contribute to the electric bill. Renters have it even worse, seeing that more often or not, their only option is hauling heavy laundry bags to the nearest laundromat. Let’s not even mention the dreadful quarters you need to dump in for every load. Could an indoor clothesline be the answer to these problems?

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Indoor Clothesline Benefits

Regardless of the reasons why people no longer want to use a laundry dryer or the laundromat, this obvious solution might be the simplest and the easiest to try. Sure, you could hang your clothes to dry on the shower rod or do with a drying rack in the laundry room. But why not make the most of the small space you might have, while also making sure your wet clothes dry faster?

Line-drying makes sense in many instances, and people use it even if other options (such as tumble-drying clothes) are readily available. If you need a little incentive to try the experience of an indoor clothesline, here are some perks that can’t be replaced by mechanical means.

Save Money

It’s quite an obvious benefit, seeing that dryers require a lot of electricity (it’s in the top consumers among household appliances). According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost six percent of a household’s annual electricity consumption goes on an electric clothes dryer. Many of us are very conscious of the electricity that we use on a daily basis. We make sure the lights are always turned off when possible, the heat or air conditioning is set at a reasonable temperature, and sometimes unplug appliances to eliminate ghost power.

It may not sound like a lot, but think of how many items in your modern-day home use electricity. If your average electric bill is around $100 a month, then your clothes dryer accounts for no less than $72 annually. You can almost pay another month of electricity with that money. The savings increase the more electricity you use. A large family uses quite a bit of electricity on doing laundry every month.

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Longer Lasting Clothes

Dryers not only make your clothes softer, but they also have some adverse side effects. They weaken the fabric’s fibers much faster than if the clothes are regularly air-dried on an indoor clothesline. Remember the lint you must clean out after a cycle in the dryer? That is partly fabric, slowly wearing off your clothes. Even though it is gradual, you would want your quality clothes to last as long as possible. Clotheslines help make it possible to lengthen the lives of our clothing. This relates back to the first point as well because it is also saving you money. Imagine your t-shirts or jeans lasted just 10-20 percent longer. That can add up to quite a bit of money every year.

Reduces Your Laundry

An indoor clothesline might require a bit more time and effort, but that can work out for the best. This way, you become more aware of which clothes should go in the washing machine and which ones can be worn one more time. The active act of hanging out the clothes to dry is more conscious than simply tossing them into the dryer. You spend more time with your clothing and pay more attention to it. Instead of continuously washing clothing you won’t wear anyway, you can put it aside to donate or hand down. When we use dryers, we get in the habit of just throwing piles of clothing into the machine. This helps us pay more attention to our clothing inventory.

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Reduces Chemicals

This perk only applies to outdoor clotheslines, seeing that the sun is a natural whitener. A lot of the stains fade out naturally in the sun, which means you will use less bleach. At the same time, you should consider the downsides of the dryer: It causes static cling, and the dryer sheets often contain a criminal line-up of carcinogens. You will not be using dryer sheets which means fewer chemicals and less waste. Indoor clotheslines can have the same effect if you have a balcony or porch. Anywhere well-lit will have the same effect.

Increased Relaxing

While many might complain about the repetitive act of hanging the clothes out to dry, some might find it calming. We know this sounds crazy, but some people are easily relaxed by repetitive motion and focusing on a simple task.  Pegging the clothes can represent a few minutes of peace with your own thoughts, doing something methodical with your hands while you let your mind wander. If you’re up to it, make it a family activity, and teach the kids to enjoy this simple act of service. Spend some time in your own head, listening to podcasts, or binge watching a favorite show.

5 Indoor Clothesline Options

If these five reasons have persuaded you to begin your own indoor clothesline adventure, it is time to consider the many options available. While you could buy a commercial drying rack, they could be expensive or unfitting for your actual drying space. Instead, build your own indoor clothesline by following any of the examples below.

1. The $5 Indoor Clothesline

What you need:

  • 1 or 3 large screw eye hooks
  • length of rope
  • carabiner
  • 1 small cleat hook

This idea works best if you have wood posts in your living space to work with, but it can also be adapted for drywall. If you do not have enough room to double hang your clothes, you will only need 1 large screw eye hook instead of 3. Simply hook the carabiner onto an eye hook, hang the rope through the next two hooks, and then wrap it at the end around the cleat. The whole thing is easy to set up (only about one minute) and easy to take down. This is by far the simplest option and it allows you to easily set it up and take it down if you don’t have indoor space to keep it hanging all the time.

2. The Living Room Indoor Clothesline

What you need:

  • length of rope
  • 2 heavy-duty screw hooks

It is amazing what you can do with only a few items. Twist the heavy-duty screw hooks into the living room door frames and the drywall at the opposite side of the room. Do not worry, the hook will be quite invisible when you take the line down. String rope taut between the pair and your new clothesline is ready for your wet clothes. This reusable and eco-friendly DIY clothesline is very easy to set up, take down, and store for the next wash, offering a facile solution for a tiny apartment. This is very similar to the previous option, but it is much sturdier.

3. Free DIY Indoor Clothesline

What you need:

  • 3 scrap pieces of wood or plywood (approximately 15 inches long)
  • 4 lengths of rope as long as your laundry room
  • 2 eye hooks
  • 4 cup hooks
  • 4 screws for wall-mounting (use drywall anchors if necessary)

If you hate the chore of doing laundry, the last thing you need is a clothesline to wrestle with and make you hate it even more. This idea by Lady Goats is not just easy to apply but also free – or really, really cheap. It works well in emergency situations when you need to set up a line ASAP, and you can fold it out of sight whenever you’re not using it. We really loved it and it is our personal favorite.

4. Basic Indoor Clothesline

What you need:

  • 1/8 inch coated cable
  • cable clamps
  • hook screws and eye screws
  • S-hooks or carabiners (you can use either to attach the lines with the loop you’ve created on the ends)

The coated cable is stronger than the typical clothesline rope, while the cable clamps will help you create a loop on the end of your line for hooking. This clothesline can be either permanent or temporary, depending on your needs. Check out this article for step by step instructions and pictures. This one may cost a little more, but it is the sturdiest indoor clothesline we have covered.

5. Space-Efficient Laundry Clothesline

What you need:

  • length of wood to mount to the wall
  • enough eyelet screws for the number of lines you’re setting up
  • heavy-duty magnets to hook your lines to the surroundings

Not only is this line space-efficient, but it makes use of the wasted space in anyone’s laundry room. That’s a double-whammy of space management which will help you dry enough loads at once. Just set it up wherever you have a bit of space. You could set this up in the laundry room and attach the magnets to your appliances for convenience. It is the quickest indoor clothesline to set up and easiest to take down. You could even set one up in the kitchen and use the fridge to hold it up.

Do You Need an Indoor Clothesline?

Yes! Well, at least we think you do. Clotheslines are the best way to dry your clothes and reduce electricity and waste. If you don’t have a yard or space, you can easily set one up inside. These are perfect for people who live in a small apartment! Make sure to share these indoor clothesline ideas if you liked them and don’t forget to let us know if you tried any of them!

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William E. Eubanks

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