Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

Drying Clothes without a Dryer


 This chain is on my porch. But it could be hung in a hallway or between two trees.  On bad days, I fold towels in half and clothes pin them to the hangers. Blue jeans, socks, and on can also be pinned on. Even in high winds the clothes do not come off the hangers.  When you go to the store to get the chain, take a clothes hanger with you, to make sure it fits in the chain.  IMG_0004



Here is how Tommy screwed it to the porch.


These little spindles are great.  Each holds 8 pairs of socks or 8 underwear.  As you can see I have a lot in the back ground.  And they take up very little space.  The one with the socks on it, is hanging  on a clothes line that is run in our hall way. And in the winter, I hang blue jeans on this line, and other clothes.   It is up out of the way, and can not be seen unless you are looking for it.


I have 4 of these wooden clothes racks. I picked them up at the thrift stores for a $2.00 each. I put towels on these, too.

Hope this gives you some ideas on getting by with out your dryer.

Have a great day.


August 23, 2008 - Posted by | creativity, ideas, making do, saving money, self sufficiency | , , , ,


  1. I bought our folding rack at Lowes — it’s a plastic coated style. I have a small wooden one I use for laundry, but the plastic coated one is my pasta drying rack. I tried just lying the pasta across a broom handle on two chairs, but we make so much, I finally went for the larger drying rack.

    I certainly need aback porch and a drying line like this! My only covered porch is in front…though we live pretty rural out here on the mountain and no one really uses our road much. Guess I could just embrace my hillbilly roots and go for it, heh?


    Comment by Deanna | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Deanna,
    I will be trying home made pasta soon, thanks for the drying rack idea.
    Hillbilly roots are good for everyone. I have been known to step out of the box more than once.

    Comment by jordansfarm | September 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. Love the clothes on the porch! We have Amish friends that have a ‘clothes porch’ –which is one of their porches with clothes lines running across the top.

    To help save money, I hang clothes out even in the winter. (we live in Western PA) We laughingly call it ‘freeze drying’. If I get an early start and there is a decent breeze, lighter weight things will dry with no problem. Towels can be a bit trickier, but it can be done. It takes some skill to work clothes pins with gloves! 🙂 If things aren’t quite dry, I bring them in to finish drying on my line in the basement. The bonus is the scent! The winter air smells so different and wonderful. You can’t put that in a bottle.

    Comment by Linda J | September 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. Linda J.,
    Thank you. I usually hang my clothes out at about lunch time in the winter, no gloves. And leave them out over night to “freeze dry”. I find that if they freeze, it makes them soft, like using the dryer. I bring them in the next day, if they are still not dry, I hang them in the hallway.
    And this helps add moisture to the air in the house.
    Have a wonderful day.

    Comment by jordansfarm | September 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. What a great blog, I am planning on getting a farm ASAP, and your blog is just a great read. Once my blog is up and running I am going to link to yours. All your ideas are so helpful, THANK YOU for sharing!! Sincerely!!

    Comment by Tara | October 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. How do you keep your hang dried clothes soft?

    Comment by Patricia | December 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. Patricia,
    Being that I do not use the drier, I do put fabric softer in the rinse water with the clothes. But not with the towels as they will not suck up water. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Becky | January 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi, Becky,
      I have so enjoyed perusing your site! I live in the city but I am definitely a farm girl at heart! I love all your ideas and long to be out in the country to try ALL of them. So many are applicable no matter where you live. It’s all in one’s attitude and determination to adapt.

      anyway, I wanted to share a money-saving tip with you that has worked really well for us. For fabric softener you can use 1/4-1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in the rinse. This washes the remainder of the soap residue from your clothes (which is what makes them stiff) and sanitizes at the same time. It doesn’t leave an offensive odor either. I make my own laundry detergent as well and the vinegar works well with it. Give it a try!

      I know farm odors and farm dirt can be hard to deal with but my mom washes all of my dad’s stuff (read “PIG” farmer) with homemade laundry detergent and vinegar and she says it works fine…amazingly. 🙂

      Happy washing!

      Comment by Stacey | April 2, 2010 | Reply

      • I never use anything but vinegar to rinse my clothes put clothes in the dryer very seldom always on the line in the winter there are other ways

        Comment by Rachael Wipf | October 20, 2010

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