It'd be lovely if the sunny weather of the last couple of months was always there to help our laundry to dry – but even if it was, not everybody has access to a garden in which to dry it.
While we still have to put up with rainy days, a really efficient tumble dryer is ideal for drying washing - but these can be costly, so the reality for many is an endless cycle of wet laundry that takes up every bit of space on radiators around our homes.
If you have no choice except to dry your laundry indoors, follow these tips to make sure doing so doesn’t harm your health.
1. Where to hang laundry
If you can't dry your laundry on the washing line or in a tumble dryer, try to avoid hanging it 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 £99.99, which is much cheaper than a tumble dryer, gentler on your clothes and is said to cost 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.