Sock of the Month Subscription: The Dryer vs. The Clothesline


How do you prefer to dry your socks? Do you toss them in the dryer or let them hang out on the clothesline? To give you some perspective on the issue, here’s the rundown on the pros and cons of each approach, plus some tips to make sure your socks come out soft, clean and smelling good whether they dry in the dryer or on the line.


Case 1: Tumble drying

If you're looking for a fast option that saves time and water, toss your socks in the dryer. But if you don't mind waiting a little longer, let them air-dry on a clothesline or drying rack. Tumble drying can cause shrinkage and damage to socks due to high heat, so this might not be your best choice for mens colorful ankle socks or other types of fun men's socks.


Case 2: Drying outside

If you want to save money on utilities and have the opportunity to enjoy a fresh breeze, then drying your socks outside might be for you. If it's not too windy or rainy, putting them out in the sun is an excellent choice because it won't take as long and they'll dry faster than if they are dried in a machine. Plus, it will help them smell fresher! Just remember that if you don't dry them completely before storing, they may develop mildew or other bacteria.


Case 3: No better way than both!

I have a confession to make—I'm one of those people who sometimes tumbles their socks in the dryers and other times hangs them on the clothesline to dry. It really just depends on what I'm doing with my time and how much time I have! If I can't get to them right away, then they go into the dryer. But if it's a nice day out and I have some free time, then I'll hang them up outside!