Laundry SOS: How to dry your clothes indoors in winter
No tumble dryer? No problem. Our tips will help get your laundry dry – and fast
Drying your clothes seems easy, right? Sling them over a surface, grab them a few hours later and chuck them back in the wardrobe. Or not. When it comes to colder, damp weather, things can get more complicated.
Clothes take longer to dry indoors and can pick up pesky musty odours, especially in small rooms and those with carpeted floors.
Follow our failsafe guide on how to best dry your washing inside. It’s guaranteed to take the freshness of your laundry to the next level, while saying goodbye to funky odours and mildew that can lead to rewashing. It’s a win-win…
- Don’t overfill your washing machine. Squashing clothes in together will leave them damper at the end of the wash and, ultimately, they will take longer to dry.
- Give laundry a good spin and an extra shake when removing it from the washing machine to extract surplus water and damp. Decode the symbols on your garments prior to washing as not all materials (knits and delicates) can withstand an extra spin.
- Hang your clothes straight away. Don’t leave them in the machine or a laundry basket as this can cause them to smell musty and even grow mould.
- Avoid drying laundry in rooms where you spend the most time such as your bedroom to reduce the risk of damp and mould. A wall-mounted drying rack is a good option: it takes up no floor space and you can fold it away. Alternatively, try a retractable clothesline that can be pulled back and put away when not in use.
- Try and position your washing near an open window or somewhere with good airflow. Avoid layering too many clothes in the same part of the airer as this can delay the drying process. Instead, spread clothes evenly at least an inch apart and turn them over after a few hours to help them dry evenly.
- Wash your clothes with a fabric conditioner such as Lenor Outdoorable that prevents the build-up of damp odours and delivers unbeatable freshness. Thanks to its unique SolarDry™ technology, it gives your laundry line-dried freshness and will fill your home with that incredible fresh-air smell of clothes that have been dried outside.
- Hang more delicate items like camisoles and shirts on coat hangers off your drying rack. It will ensure more clothes dry at once and as crease-free as possible. Once completely dry, you can pop them straight in your wardrobe.
- Don’t dry clothes on radiators. It increases moisture in the air which can lead to damp conditions where mould spores thrive – posing health risks. It can also hike up your energy bills due to the increase in power consumption.
- Always make sure items are thoroughly dried out before putting them away. This will help prevent mould and mildew from growing in areas with poor air circulation such as wardrobes and drawers – and help clothes stay fresher for longer.
- Rinse and repeat…
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