By Emily in partnership with Maytag.
At our house, we air-dry a huge amount of clothing! If I am not on top of the laundry the state of the laundry room gets out of hand pretty quickly. Clothing draped on every surface and then I really can’t stand to be in there, which doesn’t help matters! I am always looking for more space effective ways to air-dry for the five of us now, when I finally gave up and made my own system. And since it installs right over your washer and dryer into the ceiling, it hardly takes up any room at all! I’ll tell you more about the new dryer setting I discovered that speeds up this whole process, too! Here’s how you’ll make the copper hanger!
20 feet 3/4″ copper tubing cut into 2 foot sections. They will do this for you at a hardware store usually, but call ahead to be sure!
(4) 3/4″ elbows
(4) “T” joints
(4) 3/4″ Galvanized Pipe Flanges
Once you have the supplies cut and ready to go you seriously just assemble it, solder or compress the joints (pliers and elbow grease, baby!) and drill it into the ceiling. Pretty easy! I chose two feet tall because I wanted it high enough that it wouldn’t get in the way of me actually using the washer and dryer, and at 5’6 I can reach it no problem!I love this system so much. Anchor the screws into the ceiling, and it can hold a ton of weight! I load it up and as you can tell it has the capacity for lots and lots of pieces! The one downside to air drying is that it can have that stiff feeling afterward, and most have wrinkles as well. So I am obsessed with Maytag’s Steam Refresh option on their dryer!! It uses a fine mist in the heated dryer drum to refresh clothes and keep them looking great! You toss in anything that has that stiff feeling or wrinkled look and steam it out! To be honest I have sort of retired my iron altogether (ha, as if I used it that much before) I love the more naturally worn look of a steamed garment. I have a steamer from my styling days but its more of a hassle then an iron, so the Steam Refresh cycle is my new best friend! Check the dryer and the other awesome feature out here. The matching washer is found here, too!