Wouldn’t it be a miracle if we had endless sunny days to hang our clothes to dry – and a garden in which to dry them – or, failing that, a really efficient tumble dryer for rainy, wintery days?
While we can still dream, the reality for many is an endless cycle of wet laundry that takes up every bit of space on radiators around our homes.
So what if you have no choice except to dry your laundry indoors? Here are some tips to make sure it doesn’t harm your health.
1. Where to hang laundry
One of the best places to dry laundry is on the washing line or tumble dryer, but if you really have to dry it indoors avoid the living areas and bedrooms, where you’ll be most exposed to mould spores.
2. Ventilation is key
Open windows as often as possible to allow fresh air to circulate through your home. Extractor fans in the kitchen and bathrooms will also help to tackle moisture – make sure you keep them clean and free of dust, so they’re more efficient.
3. Time your wash
If you’re in the habit of doing a load of laundry when you get in from work, switch to a slightly earlier morning start and hang things to dry during the day, so you can take advantage of the sun’s warmth.
4. Invest in a heated airer
Life-changing is how some people describe these plug-in gadgets. Lakeland does a two-tier heated tower airer for £89.99, which is much cheaper than a tumble dryer, gentler on your clothes and costs less than 4p an hour to run. It holds around 10kg of washing and you can get covers to go with it, which will keep heat in and speed up the drying time.
5. Place your rack carefully
If you have a non-heated clothes horse, make sure you put it in the sunniest and airiest spot in your house (provided it’s not the bedroom or main living area, for the reasons mentioned above).
6. Use coat hangers
To maximise the benefits of your drying rack, hang your nice shirts and blouses on coat hangers off the rack to ensure they dry as crease-free as possible, and to get more items drying in the heat. Then you’ll be able to pop them straight in the wardrobe.
If you live in an old property and struggle with condensation, which gets worse when you’re drying clothes indoors, a dehumidifier will not only tackle the moisture, but speed up the drying time for your clothes too.