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The ultimate cheat sheet to hanging washing

By Airtasker

Updated: October 25th, 2021

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Hanging your washing may feel like a lot more effort, but it can be easy and effective if you use these 7 tips:

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1. Use hangers

Use coat hangers to hang your shirts. This not only keeps them in shape, but also can half your ironing time. If you’re still inclined to use the dryer, do so, but after you’ve hung them out and they are almost dry. That way you’ll only need to put the shirts in for less than 20 minutes.

2. Maximise space

When you are putting on one, two, three or even four loads of washing a weekend (or day), you can find yourself playing the waiting game until the last load is dry. By overlapping the edges of clothes, it will allow for a bit more space and also use up less pegs.

3. Use the sun

Can’t remove those stubborn stains? The sun is more powerful than you realise as it will actually make your white clothes look more whiter and brighter.

4. Turn clothes inside out

As great as sunshine is for drying white clothes, it’s not a great option for coloured or darker clothes. The sun can fade colours, so protect them by either taking them out of direct sunlight and/or turning them inside out.

5. Hang it upside down

Ever had that moment when you take a top off to wear that day and you have peg marks that you can seem to get rid of? To avoid ugly marks on your favourite shirt, hang it upside down.

6. Remove excess water

Your clothes will dry a lot faster if you can squeeze as much water as possible out of them first. The best way to do this is using a clean dry towel. Roll up the piece of clothing inside the towel as tightly as you can, then unroll and hang on the line.

7. Flat drying

For clothes that stretch, such as jumpers and dresses, make sure you lay them to flat dry so the shape reminds intact. This can be on a table, the ground (make sure you use a towel underneath), or you can actually buy flat dryers for this purpose.

Have you got any other tips for hanging your washing? Let us know in the comments below.

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