We all know that finding the perfect way to dry clothes quickly and efficiently is an art, especially in a small apartment. But one Japanese method is proving particularly promising. Thanks to this trick, you can save space and time, and help your clothes dry better.

Not every household has a tumble dryer. So traditional methods are used to dry clothes. These include hanging clothes on a clothesline, a drying rack and using hangers. Although these methods are familiar to everyone, the question arises as to which is the most effective method for hanging out clothes.

An effective Japanese trick for hanging out laundry

The best solution is, of course, to hang your washing outside on a line. This gives the clothes plenty of room and lets you use the sun’s natural energy – not only does the laundry dry quickly, but you also avoid bacteria and mildew.

But what if the weather’s not cooperating and your apartment is small? Then you have to use the clothesline! Unfortunately, laundry takes much longer to dry.

According to Japanese magazine Oggi, however, you can save a little time. It all depends on how the clothes are placed on the drying rack.

In the following photo, you can see a gross error in the arrangement of clothes and towels:

Japanese method of drying laundry. It will you save a few hours


If clothes of different lengths are hung too close together, the drying process is delayed. All in all, with this method, it takes an average of 4 hours and 30 minutes for all the laundry to be dried.

Here’s how to dry laundry properly:

The tried-and-tested Japanese trick is to arrange the laundry in an arc. In this way, the longest items are hung on the outside and the smallest in the middle of the drying rack. Here, total drying time is just four hours – half an hour less than with any other arrangement.

Japanese method of drying laundry. It will you save a few hours


The reason is that the warm air in the room accumulates in the arc of the laundry and thus accelerates evaporation.

Other tips for hanging laundry:

  • Use the power of the sun when you hang out your laundry. Even at low temperatures, laundry always dries faster outdoors than indoors.
  • If you have to dry indoors, place the drying rack in the apartment in a well-ventilated area. This can be, for example, under a window.
  • If possible: use a fan to circulate the air in the apartment or ensure regular ventilation.
  • A dry towel placed between damp clothes absorbs moisture and speeds up the drying of the rest of the clothes.
  • Large, heavy items (like blankets) should always be hung as wide as possible. If necessary, use two or more bars from your dryer.

Hanging out laundry is easy – with these tips, your clothes will dry faster! Have you ever dried your clothes by crossing them?