Whether it’s because your dryer isn’t working or that it’s raining heavily outside, chances are that you’ve had to line dry your clothes indoors. This makes rainy days quite the headache for anyone at home who’s ever had to do the laundry, especially for those who can’t afford dryers in the first place.

However, there are still a few ways to dry your clothes indoors, such as:

1. Keeping your house warm
Heating your house (or the area where you will be drying your laundry) will help to pull out the moisture out of your wet clothes. However, if your house is still humid, it would still take a long time for your laundry to dry.

2. Giving everything enough space
A folding rack may work well for small things, such as socks and undergarments, but may not be cut out for bigger items such as shirts, pants, or even towels.

When drying clothes indoors, the trick is to give everything enough space for air to flow, which means allowing space between them. One of the ways you can do this is by using the curtain and shower rods to hang your laundry, or even drape your jeans, dresses, and towels.

3. Using a hairdryer
A hairdryer may work well for smaller articles of clothing, such as socks, handkerchiefs, and undergarments. However, this may still take up a lot of power, and could result in your dryer overheating. Be sure to only use your hairdryer sparingly to keep it in good condition.

4. Using a dehumidifier or an electric fan
An electric fan will work fine when run on full blast, but this only works for moist (not wet) clothes, and will take just as long to dry. What you really need from an electric fan is to make sure the air constantly circulates around your clothes. If it becomes stale, your clothes could start to smell.

This leaves you with a dehumidifier. Not only does this keep a room from being filled with mildew and dampness, but it also works great for drying large amounts of laundry. With a dehumidifier, laundry can be dried indoors with ease, and it’s also very easy to use.

5. Use cold water when doing laundry
Lastly, when doing laundry during the rainy days, it may seem counter-intuitive to use cold water if the weather itself is cold, but doing so could save you a lot of time and energy later on.

Because doing laundry in bulk during this time will make it more likely for clothes with bright colors, such as red or orange, to bleed into other clothes, using cold water will prevent this from happening. Color-safe bleach will also be a big help to you in this case.