Laundry Drying Racks: Save Money & Go Green

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Are you looking for a simple way to save some money and ‘go green’? Then you’ll appreciate these laundry drying rack options.

Clothes Drying Rack Ideas - some people call them laundry drying rack ideas. Hang Drying your clothes is an easy way to save some money and help the environment
8 Laundry Rack Ideas [save money & go green]

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I have been drying my clothes for the last 10 years: partly to help the environment, but largely to save money.

That may make me sound cheap, but with the bills and payments I had, I had to do everything I could to save money!  And cutting my electricity bill by hang-drying my clothes was a simple, easy option.

I live in a naturally dry area so clothes dry well here. I hang my clothes inside, and also outside during the warmer months.

What I had been drying my clothes with:

For years I have been using a drying rack that I purchased at Costco.

And to be honest…I wasn’t intended on writing this post. At least not yet.  (My girlfriend and I ARE planning a large laundry room remodel and getting different laundry drying racks, but I did something a little stupid last night.)

Laundry Drying Rack
My mangled drying rack

I busted my metal drying rack from Costco by trying to hang a HUGE duvet on it. I put up the overhead bar on the drying rack and draped the heavy duvet over it. When I tried to shift the blanket  a little, the plastic joint on the rack snapped and the whole thing buckled. It now looks like twisted metal insect.

I still have a couple other drying racks (one of them you’ll see below), but because I need a new drying rack, and I’m going to do my laundry room remodel, I have researched some clothes drying rack options.

Folding, Portable Laundry Drying Racks

Here are some great folding laundry drying racks that are particularly well-suited for small laundry rooms or apartments.

1) Stainless Steel Folding Rustproof Drying Rack

Laundry Drying Rack Ideas - Folding, Stainless Steel Drying Rack
Photo credit: Cresnel

The drying rack above from Cresnel (and available on Amazon) looks very, very similar to the one I just busted from Costco. In fact, it looks more like our old one than the drying racks currently for sale on Costco’s website.

I wanted to replace our broken rack with the same one, but I don’t see the exact one on Costco anymore.

What I like about drying racks like the one above is that it’s stainless steel and won’t rust. So you don’t have to worry about your clean clothes getting dirty from your clothes rack.

It has the lower level of rods where I usually hang my socks or underwear (shorter clothes that don’t dangle to the ground).

CLICK here if you want to see more details on Amazon.


Another great thing about these portable drying racks is that you can take them outside when its warm. I do have a traditional clothes line outside but it isn’t very long. So I haul my drying rack outside to take advantage of the sunlight. On hot summer days I think my clothes dry outside just as quick as they do in the dryer.

2) Accordion-Style Folding Laundry Drying Racks

Laundry Drying rack ideas - Accordion-style drying rack wood
Our current wooden accordion-style drying rack

We also have an accordion-style drying rack that we mostly use for small items like socks, underwear or baby clothes. (You can see it in the picture above.)

The reason we use shorter items on our particular accordion-style drying rack is because the drying rods are directly on top of each other: they are not offset. This means that if I hang a longer item like t-shirt from a top rack it will make contact with clothes on the rack directly below it. Wet clothes touching each other don’t dry well: no air flowing between them.

Another thing I don’t like about our drying rack is that it is made of wood. It is nice and lightweight but the plastic rod covers are falling off so the wet clothes are directly touching the wood. (You can see this on the second rod in.) No issues with this yet, but I wonder if my clothes will get stained or dirty over time from mildew?  I guess we’ll see.

The drying rack in the picture below is one that is for sale on Amazon. It looks very similar to the one we have except this one is metal and not wood.  It claims it is mildew-proof.

Despite being made of metal the seller still claims it is lightweight.

Laundry Drying Rack Ideas - Accordion style folding laundry drying rack
Metal accordion style drying rack

I foresee the same issues with this rack as I have with mine: long articles of clothing would overlap the clothes below it.

CLICK here to see this drying rack on Amazon.

3) X-Frame Design (almost like ironing board)

Laundry Drying Rack Ideas - X frame style folding laundry rack
X-frame drying rack

I found another folding option on Amazon, and this one has an x-frame like an ironing board.

It claims to have over 30 linear feet of drying space. And maybe you could hang it on the wall with ironing board hangers to store it? Will this work for you? Click here to see details on Amazon.

Wall Mounted Laundry Drying Racks

If you want to get your drying rack off the floor there are several styles of wall-mounted drying racks available.

4) Retractable Wall-mounted Clothes drying rack

The one shown below is a short, single rod drying rack that folds up fairly tight to the wall. So when you aren’t using it, you fold it up.

Laundry Drying rack ideas : wall mounted folding drying rack single rod style
Fold down drying rack

The drying options for this seem pretty limited though. I think it would work for clothes that hang on hooks such as button-down shirts or perhaps pants if you have hangers with clips.

(I have provided a picture of clothes hangers with clips so you know which ones I mean.)

Laundry Drying Rack Ideas : Pants hanger with clips
Hanger with clips

5) Accordion-Style Wall Mounted Drying Rack

This drying rack mounts to the wall and then can extend outward to provide 22 linear feet of drying space. The manufacturer claims it has a 60 pound capacity. (Just make sure you mount it correctly to your wall!)

It is stainless steel so it won’t rust or get mildew.

Other Laundry Drying Rack Ideas

The majority of the drying racks I’ve seen are either floor-standing or wall-mounted, but I have come across a few other innovative ideas.

6) Over the Door Hanging Clothes Rack

Laundry Drying rack ideas - over the door
Interesting over the door drying rack

This seem like  a good way to maximize space…the “dead space” behind a door.

This would be a great space saver for a small laundry room, or for an apartment.

If you think this will work for you, click here to see it on Amazon.

7) Single Rod Over the Door Option

Laundry Drying Rack Ideas - over the door single rod
over the door drying rack

The drying rack shown above is a single rod style that allows you to hang clothes hangers from it.
Plus, the neat curvy sides allow the hangers to stay put and not slide together.

8) Over the Door option with Multiple Drying Rods

Clothes Drying Racks - Over the Door multiple rods
Over the door clothes hanger with multiple rods

Here is another over the door option, but this one has multiple drying rods. So you can actually lay some clothes over the rods to dry, and also hang clothes hangers from it. It seems like a versatile option for small laundry loads or tight spaces. You can see more details on it here.

I hope you have got some inspiration from this list of laundry drying rack ideas.

An inexpensive option that you may want to use is simply string a clean rope between the walls of your laundry room and create your own clothesline inside.

Will one of these drying racks work for you? (You may need a couple to hang your clothes at once.)

Do you have a door to your laundry room to have an over-the-door drying rack?

Thank you and take care.

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