‘Best’ method to dry laundry in winter without a tumble dryer

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With energy bills on the rise, and tumble dryers costing a fortune to run, drying clothing may be a worry for many this winter. Placing clothing on radiators can work, but this can then block the heat trying to keep the home warm. In a bid to help others, Mrs Hinch fans have shared the methods they use for drying clothes.

Taking to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page, Millie Wilson wrote: “What’s the deal with drying clothes in winter, am I missing a trick?

“I do a full load every day and I’m struggling to get things dry. It’s not quite warm enough outside for things to dry some days, the tumble dryer shrinks things…what’s everyone found best?”

Cleaning enthusiasts shared a variety of different methods, including investing in a dehumidifier.

Clare Friss commented: “I use a dehumidifier to dry clothes in the winter, and wet days in the summer. It’s placed in the spare bedroom with two clothes airers and put on overnight.

“Most things dry overnight, even towels and bedding. I just tend to pop my son’s thick hoodies and bottoms on the airer again with the next wash or pop them on the radiator.

“My dehumidifier is a low energy one and costs 53p for 10 hours of run time.”

Clare also explained how in the past, clothing would have taken around two days to dry but with the dehumidifier, they dry overnight.

She added: “It’s the best way. It also expels warm air so can be put in the best position to focus the air on the laundry, helping the drying process too.”

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Jen Anstruther also recommended purchasing a dehumidifier, and said her nifty device was “amazing”.

The group member wrote: “We have it in the hall between the bathroom and spare bedroom with the airer in it.

“We empty five litres every couple of days and the majority of clothes are dry overnight. Added bonus is the water is a brilliant cleaner for windows, mirrors, TVs and gloss surfaces.”

Other Mrs Hinch fans suggested investing in a heated airer, which can help to dry clothes faster.

Kirsty Shaw said: “Put an elasticated sheet over the covers of the airer and it’ll keep the heat in.”

Sarah Jones wrote: “I put the cover on mine and it’s all dry in the morning, couldn’t manage without it. The only thing I would suggest is doing an extra spin cycle on your machine.”

Laundry expert Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, has also shared various different ways to dry clothing in winter, including a dehumidifier.

He said: “Since this process uses dry air rather than heat to dry your washing, your laundry will end up feeling softer and smelling more fresh, as dehumidifiers prevent damp and musty odours from clinging to your clothes.”

Dehumidifiers can also help to prevent damp and mould growing in the home which can occur when drying washing without ventilation.

Deyan also said using the heat from an iron could help to finish drying some garments.

He added: “Since this process uses dry air rather than heat to dry your washing, your laundry will end up feeling softer and smelling more fresh, as dehumidifiers prevent damp and musty odours from clinging to your clothes.”

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