There is no doubt about it that running your dryer is expensive. This is true whether it is brand new or several years old, but especially if it is older. There are several options that you have (no matter where you live) to dry your clothes without the use of a dryer. These things can save you money and help out the planet (you won't be using as much energy which is produced by fossil fuels). While they do take a little more work, it is worth it in the long run.

Line dry.
The simplest option is to line dry your clothing. You can set up a clothes line or two outside and use the power of the sun to dry your clothing. This can be done no matter what season, but it does need a little help from the weather. As long as there is some sun or some breeze your clothes will dry. Even in the winter they can freeze dry outside (though hanging them up isn't as comfortable). Simply hang them up as you normally would and give them a few extra hours. When they are frozen stiff you can then take them down and bring them in. When they thaw they will be dry.

  • Tip: If you want softer clothes use vinegar in the rinse cycle. You can also do this and take them down right before they finish drying. Toss them in the dryer for ten minutes with a pair of dryer balls or two tennis balls. Your clothes will be dry, soft, and you will still have saved money and energy.

Drying racks.
There are a number of different type of laundry drying racks out there. They come in metal, plastic, and wood. Getting a few of the metal or wood type (plastic can have a hard time taking much weight) is a great idea. Then you can dry your clothing inside or outside with just a little bit of space. You can then put the racks in the bedrooms, bathrooms, storage rooms, or even outside. It doesn't matter where you live, you can get the job done without a lot of hassle, space, and without a clothes line.

  • Tip: Place clothing itmes near where they go. Have a rack that goes in each bedroom and hand up your clothing according to who owns it. That way it can dry and you can just take care of it right then and there.

Sweater racks.
In addition to racks made for drying all sorts of clothing and towels there are racks specifically designed for your sweaters. This is because hanging a sweater stretches it out. These racks have mesh bottoms and wire holders. You can stack them on top of one another and dry several sweaters at one time.

Retractable clothes lines.
You can also get retractable clothes lines. These can be hung in a wide variety of rooms and used for your clothing. They are made of metal cables and are easy to use. Simply pull them out and hook them to the other side. Hang your clothes up just like any other clothes line and let them dry. You can then unhook them and they then go back into the holder and aren't a permenent line across the room. The one downside is that they have attachements that have to be secured to both sides of the room making it damaging to the walls and not possible in all renting situations.

Shower curtain rod.
The bath tub can be a great place to hang your clothes as well. Put them on plastic hangers (available in many locations at 8-12 for $1) and then hang the hangers a few inches apart in the shower. They can then dry there for a few hours and be hung up when they are done.

  • Tip: If you don't want others to see your clothing hanging in the bathroom you can buy a second shower curtain rod. Place it high above the shower in the center over the tub. This way you can hang your clothes there and close the curtain when you don't want others to be able to see them. It is also possible to do this for more space. You can then use both bars to hang your clothes from.

Closet drying.
You can also use your closet (as long as it isn't too full). Hang your clothes up as normal, but keep a few inches between them to give them room for drying. Make sure you leave the door open and let the air get in there. Some people also swear by putting dry clothes in between because the dry clothes help absorb some of the moisture.

Portable closet or closet bar.
You can get a bar that comes on wheels for a small amount. This can be used for drying you clothes on as well. Just use it in the same way you would the regular closet or the shower bar.

Sock racks.
There are some simple plastic racks that can be used to dry socks, wash clothes, panties, and other small items. They can be hung over the shower bar and they fold up for easier storage. These can make it easier to dry the small items that don't hang on hangers or are harder to put on a drying rack.

Additional tips:
In addition to finding places for your clothes to dry there are a few other things many people are concerned about. One is the time that it takes to dry the clothing. This can vary a lot according to the temperature, humidity, and even the air flow in the rooms where you place your clothes.
  1. Use your heating and cooling system. I am not telling you to crank up the heat and use that instead of the dryer, but if the heater or air conditioner is already on then placing your clothes near the vent will help them dry faster and not cost you anything.
  2. Fans can also speed up the process. It is a good idea not to use these a lot unless you are in a hurry or your space is having a hard time with the dealing with all the moisture.
  3. Electric heaters can also be used to help speed up the process.
  4. Ironing clothes you will iron anyway can save time, energy, and space. Just carefully iron them right out of the washer. The iron will press them and dry them without the need for a spray bottle.

Drying without the dryer is good for the environment, saves you money, and even has one more really good advantages. The dryer breaks down the fabric of your clothes making it so that they don't last as long. This can be bad for your clothing and your pocket book. Drying with other methods eliminates that problem. So, remember that drying even a portion of your clothing this way can help out!