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Tips For Drying Your Clothes In the Winter So It Doesn't Take Days

Jasmyne Jeffery November 25, 2022

The days are cold and the sunlight isn’t lasting very long. Although it’s the cosiest time of year, it isn’t ideal for washing and drying your clothes. We have some tips and tricks for drying clothes in the winter as quickly as possible so you’re never running out of pants.

It’s the season for big jumpers, blankets and all the extra layers. Except they’re all in the wash and it takes 5-7 business days for them to stop being damp. Oh, want to use the tumble dryer? You may have to take out a loan because of the cost of living crisis.

Even when you do get it washed, it’s damp for so long that by the time it’s dry, your clothes have a little bit of a funky smell…and not in a good way. Doing the laundry definitely isn’t the easiest task at the moment, but we have a couple of tried and tested tips and tricks to make the process a bit quicker.

Tips For Drying Clothes In The Winter

Your automatic response to doing laundry in the winter is to do it all indoors. Whilst that is wise due to the unpredictability of British weather, getting it outside will do it the world of good. This works particularly well if someone is home for the day so they can run it in when it inevitably starts pouring.

Even though the temperature will be colder, the airflow will mean that drying your clothes will take a lot less time. Just keep an eye on the forecast.

Spin, Shake And Spread

Most washing machines have a feature that lets you spin your load for an extra 15 minutes after it’s washed. It doesn’t cost you a lot extra, but it’ll help get some of the excess water out of your clothes. After that, whip your clothes as if you are trying to get the creases out to really help prevent dampness.

You’ll also want to do some smaller loads. It may be tempting to pile all your washing into the machine, but drying will take an age if they’re cramped on your air dryer. It’s better to do a smaller amount every couple of days than a large load. They’ll dry quicker if you can spread them out, particularly if you place your air dryer in the sunlight (when it’s out!) and next to an open window. Even if it’s just in the bathroom with the air vent on — the airflow will make all the difference.

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Put A Hold On The Mould

As well as getting your clothes dry quicker, you also want to avoid getting damp and mould into your home, or even onto your clothes. Drying your clothes indoors means there’s extra moisture in your house which is the top reason for mould and dampness. How you dry your clothes can make the situation even worse.

Don’t be tempted to put your clothes away still a little damp. It’s incredibly frustrating when you need your air dryer or washing line to be empty for another load of washing, but it’ll only make your clothes smell or get mould, Wardrobes and drawers don’t typically have good air ventilation — so your clothes will stay damp for even longer. Give them that little extra time to dry so you don’t have to wash your clothes again.

If your tumble dryer is a no-go because of the cost, you may be thinking about making the most of the heating being on and putting some lighter items on your radiators. Whilst this is fine for one-offs to dry sodden socks after stepping in a puddle, it actually isn’t cost-effective and will add moisture to the air. You’re much better laying them out flat on the floor or a table, it’ll save you money and doesn’t pose a health risk.

One-off Investments For Drying Clothes In the Winter

Spare money is few and far between for many at the moment, but making a one-off investment can save you money in the future. Instead of using your tumble dryer or putting the heating on, think about getting a battery-operated fan and a dehumidifier.

A battery-operated fan won’t add anything to your electricity bill. If you place it underneath your air dryer facing into the clothes, then you’ve got a form of airflow that you wouldn’t have had before. Clothes will dry quicker and are much less likely to smell damp.

Equally, a dehumidifier does a similar job. Though it doesn’t create airflow, it doesn’t remove moisture from your clothes and the air very efficiently. Even if you aren’t doing some laundry, they’re very good at keeping condensation at bay.

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Hello! My name is Jasmyne and I’m a soon-to-be graduate of English and Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Originally from North Devon, I now love living in Cardiff. I’m really into my movement; an advocate for joyful movement. I spend my free time either reading, at the Wales Millennium Centre, or running around the city.