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How to Speed Up Drying Clothes Without a Dryer: The Handy Line® Way

Doing laundry without a dryer can seem like a daunting task, especially in winter or during those unpredictable rainy days. Many Australians face the challenge of drying clothes quickly without relying on a dryer.
How to Speed Up Drying Clothes Without a Dryer

But don't worry, there are effective methods to dry your clothes faster, save on energy bills, and be more eco-friendly. Let's dive into how you can optimise your laundry routine with some practical tips and the help of the Handy Line®.

The Costs of Using a Dryer

Before we get into the alternatives, let's consider why you might want to skip the dryer. According to ABC News, dryers are among the top energy-consuming household appliances. Running a dryer can significantly increase your electricity bills. Plus, with rising energy costs, it's more important than ever to find ways to cut back.

Benefits of Air-Drying Clothes

  1. Energy Savings: Air-drying your clothes can drastically reduce your electricity usage. This not only saves money but also reduces your carbon footprint.
  2. Gentle on Fabrics: Dryers can be harsh on your clothes, causing wear and tear over time. Air-drying is much gentler, helping your clothes last longer.
  3. Natural Freshness: Clothes dried outdoors often have a fresh, natural scent that no dryer sheet can replicate.

Handy Tips for Faster Air-Drying

  1. Maximise Airflow
    Good airflow is key to drying clothes quickly. Position your clothesline in a well-ventilated area. If drying indoors, consider using a fan to keep the air circulating around your clothes. This helps evaporate moisture faster.
  2. Use a High-Quality Clothesline
    Investing in a high-quality clothesline like the Handy Line® can make a big difference. The Handy Line® is designed for optimal air circulation, making it easier for clothes to dry quickly. Its lightweight frame is easy to move, so you can place it in the best spot for airflow.
  3. Separate Your Clothes
    Avoid overcrowding your clothesline. Space out your garments to allow air to flow freely between them. This simple step can significantly speed up drying time.
  4. Utilise Natural Heat
    If possible, place your clothesline in a sunny spot. Even in winter, the sun can help to speed up the drying process. Indoors, placing the line near a window or a heat source, like warm air vents or radiator, can also help.
  5. Wring Out Excess Water
    Before hanging, if the clothes can withstand it (avoid linens and silks, for example) put them on an extra spin in the washing machine to remove as much water as possible. The less water left in the fabric, the quicker they will dry.

Use a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers can be a game-changer for indoor drying. They pull moisture from the air, which in turn draws moisture from your clothes, speeding up the drying process without the need for heat. This method is especially useful in winter when opening windows for ventilation isn’t always feasible​.

Drying Clothes Outside in Winter

Yes, you can still dry clothes outside in winter! Even though it’s colder, fresh air and sunlight help dry clothes. Just be mindful of the weather forecast to avoid hanging clothes on rainy or extremely cold days. In milder winter conditions, outdoor drying can be quite effective.

The Handy Line® Advantage

The Handy Line® isn't just any portable clothesline. It's engineered to make your laundry routine more efficient and enjoyable.

  • Super-Lightweight Frame: Easy to move around, whether you're setting it up indoors or outdoors.
  • Slim-Line Design: Takes up minimal space while providing ample drying room.
  • Durability: Made from high-quality materials, it's built to withstand the elements and last for years.
  • 10-Year Warranty: We stand by our products, offering you peace of mind with a decade-long warranty.
  • Eco-Friendly: Helps reduce reliance on energy-intensive dryers, lowering your electricity bills and carbon footprint.
  • Faster Drying Times: The specially engineered design of a wider line spacing and elevated height helps clothes dry faster compared to traditional drying racks or clothes horses.
How to Speed Up Drying Clothes Without a Dryer Outside

Saving Money and Being Eco-Friendly

By switching to air-drying with the Handy Line®, you can significantly reduce your energy consumption and save on bills. Plus, you'll be doing your part for the environment. The average Australian household can save hundreds of dollars a year by cutting down on dryer use.


Many of our customers have made the switch and couldn't be happier. Here's what some of them have to say:

  • "The Handy Line® has been a game-changer for our family. We save so much on electricity, and our clothes last longer!" - Sarah from Melbourne
  • "I love how easy it is to set up and move around. Even in winter, I can dry my clothes quickly indoors." - Michael from Sydney


Drying clothes without a dryer is not only possible but also beneficial in many ways. By following these tips and using the Handy Line®, you can dry your clothes faster, save money, and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. Make the switch today and experience the difference for yourself!