Things You'll Need
Essential oil (Optional)
Clothesline or drying rack
If you don't have a clothesline or drying rack, hang wet towels over your shower curtain rod to dry.
Do not leave clothespins on the clothesline. Moisture will accumulate beneath them, and mildew will develop on the clothesline.
Before the invention of washing machines and dryers, people did laundry by hand and hung it out to dry. Dryers have the advantage of convenience, allowing you to dry laundry quickly and without a clothesline, but they also cost hundreds of dollars per year to run. Forgoing the dryer saves you money on your utility bill, but often air-dried towels feel crunchy and stiff. Adding vinegar to your washing machine helps soften your towels without a dryer.
Add 1/4-cup of white vinegar to your washing machine when you do a load of towels to make them softer. To give your clothes a refreshing, natural smell, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar.
Use less laundry detergent when you wash your towels. Too much detergent has a drying effect.
Set up a clothesline outdoors or, if you do not have the space for a clothesline, put a small drying rack indoors next to the washing machine.
Remove the towels from the washing machine as soon as the machine stops.
Take the towels outside and shake them out to remove any remaining moisture.
Hang the towels on the clothesline or drying rack. Clip the corners of the towels with clothespins if you're drying them outside. Allow the towels to dry completely.
Take the towels off the line once they're dry. Shake each towel once or twice then fold them.
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.