Of all the things I am not… I’m not an excellent DIYer… yet! There are tons of thing I would love to make but I don’t have the skill or tools to do. I must say, although I have a lack of talent on some of this stuff, I have no problems asking for help!
I recently mentioned my own personal experience with using reusable menstrual pads. One of the things I found the most frustrating with that experience was air drying these pads before I go to wash them. I was putting them on the bottom of my bathroom tub, but the problem with this is that you have to hope that it’s actually drying out rather than just sitting in its own liquid. I saw this built-in laundry drying rack from me and my diy and I was inspired to make my own version.
My husband recommends doing a clothesline using suction cups and hanging them across with laundry pins but I was worried about the pads being too heavy when wet to keep them up. I thought that possibly they would fall down or that they would pull the makeshift clothesline down.
His alternate suggestion was to use nylon rope, which was something we already had laying around the house, and hang it from the showerhead to the far end of the curtain rod. While I could have done that, I was worried that if we had guests over randomly that it would be difficult to take the clothesline down last minute. Could you imagine giving someone a tour of your home and going Oops… I forgot that the shower curtain wasn’t closed. Or Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry I forgot that was up there… then having your guest ask what the heck that was for. Yeah, I’ll pass on that one if at all possible.
While I didn’t want to go that route myself I did think that the best idea, for me personally, is a DIY. In this case, I’ll have to get outside help, just because I don’t have the required tools.
Before you start, I recommend you check your tub to see if you have enough of a lip, like in the picture below, to actually hold this up. If you don’t then making this won’t do you much good unless you have somewhere else to put it. My guest shower/tub combo has the inner lip, but I was surprised to see at my dad’s house my brother’s old shower/tub combo has only 1/4 inch inner lip, which wouldn’t have been able to hold this up at all. The red in the picture is where the shower wall would have started.
So what am I going to do?
Well, first a trip to the hardware store is going to be necessary. I am going to get PVC pipe, but another option is to make a wood frame.
One – ¾ inch x 10 ft. of PVC pipe. Cost $1.57
Four – ¾ inch 90 degree elbow $2.40
Sales tax is $0.33 so the grand total would be $4.30.
Hubby and I talked it out and we decided that there are two different ways to do this. I started by measuring my tub from the inside corner to the outer edge and it is 28 inches.
With me having a 10 ft. of PVC pipe my options are to cut them each at two and a half feet (30 inches) each, making equal sides across the board, but then it would have hung over the outside lip of the tub and I wouldn’t have been able to close the shower curtain without it pushing out. The second option was to do two x 3 ft. (36 inches) sections and do two x 2 ft. (24 inches) sections and have it just short of the width of the tub. I’m going to go with the second option.
More options… really?? There are so many customization options… REALLY! You can get a mesh laundry bag that’s large enough to wrap around the top and some of the bottom. Alternatively, if your mesh bag is too small you could use any extra cloth laying around the house to sew an outer edge for the couple of inches it was lacking.
When you get the PVC Pipe frame created and your mesh bag, if necessary, cut the bag down to size then you’ll need to use a hot glue gun to glue the bag onto the frame. You need two people to do this job. We both held our own respective side and Hubby still had to use his other hand to hot glue it. It’s easier when you do one section at a time, then wait until it completely dries (we were watching TV so we did it in like thirty minute intervals) before moving onto the next strip. We did thin strips down the length and we did extra thick strips of glue at the corner to ensure it’d stick forever. We allowed it to dry for a day but it was overkill it could have been used ten minutes after we glued it together.
You are now ready to use your DIY Drying rack! You don’t have to use it for the same things that I am, obviously. You can use them to air dry a variety of different things including clothing or medical supplies. I was recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, people that snore tend to have it especially those who are heavy set or obese. My CPAP supplies are supposed to be washed daily, but having to dry them out is a pain, or was… Not anymore!
When we tally up the cost of my DIY Drying Rack
PVC Pipe $4.30
White Mesh Laundry Bag $1.02
$5.32 Total Cost
- If you’re worried about storage or moving this creation around the house then get some fabric and sew the mesh bag onto fabric and make a circle around the PCV piping. That way you can take it apart and easily store it in a closet or cabinet.
- If you’re not worried about storage and intend on keeping it like this forever, then take the time to hot glue the elbows onto the piping to prevent it from coming apart in the future. Dad did this part so I’m not sure what type of glue he used…
- If you’re using this for reusable cloth pads like me, you may want to consider getting a black mesh bag. After washing your pads out in cold water, unless you get every last drop of blood out, you’ll have brown stains on the mesh. You COULD pretreat it with a pre-treatment like a Fels Naptha bar and try to rinse it out but it’s more work than I’m willing to do.