With summer finally on its way, most people are taking advantage of the warm weather and giving up their airers and tumble dryers in favour of the great outdoors. But what if you don’t have access to an outdoor space to peg out your pants?!
After spending 8 years living in a one bed, third floor flat, I became painfully aware of the constant battle to dry clothes indoors without causing damp problems or the delightful “wet dog” smell that comes with slow drying clothes. However, my pain is your gain as I am now a indoor clothes drying pro and I’m going to share my best tips with you!
If you have a garden or room for a tumble dryer, you can take the ability to do your washing when you please for granted. But if you are planning to dry your clothes indoors you should ideally hang them out first thing in the morning. This will take advantage of whatever sun the British comes up with, reducing drying times.
Hanging out your laundry is hardly the most exciting job in the world, and as a result you’ll be forgiven for just dumping it on the airer and hoping for the best. However, if you spend a little extra time organising your airer, your clothes will dry much quicker and have less creases… excellent if, like me, you hate ironing!
You should aim to put as many of your tops on hangers as possible, this allows the optimum air flow. Investing in a small hanging drier with pegs for your socks and pants will also free up room and help them dry more quickly. However you hang your laundry, make sure there are gaps between each garment as garments squished together will dry slowly, if at all.
3.Location, Location, Location…
Think carefully before positioning your airer. Ideally you want to place it in a location next to a radiator, with good air flow. You should also aim to keep it out of your living room or bedrooms, as damp from the clothes can cause mould which you definitely do not want anywhere you spend lots of time (not that you want it anywhere at all!)
Kitchens and bathrooms both make good airer locations however both have their disadvantages. Place your airer in the kitchen and your clothes may end up smelling of last nights curry! Bathrooms on the other hand are designed to deal with water and often have extractor fans, making them an ideal location. The down side is that they are often the coldest room in the house and steam from baths and showers won’t help your clothes dry.
4.Get The Right Airer
Airers come in all shapes and sizes and choosing the right one can make a real difference to your clothes drying efforts.
When choosing your airer, you should always think about your restrictions first. Your main restriction is likely to be size. Be practical with your choice in this regard. A massive indoor rotary clothes line might look like a fantastic idea, in practice it will probably take up half of your living space!
Next, you should consider your options. For example:
- Heated airers will dry your clothes quicker than a conventional airer, but they are far more expensive.
- Extendable airers fold down flat and don’t take up too much space when open, but any plans you may have had to use hangers will have to be shelved.
- Drying racks designed for hangers will give excellent air circulation, but they tend to take up lots of room and have few (if any) hanging options for items which can’t be put on a hanger.
- Wall mounted or washing line airers take up less room than other airers and allow you to both drape and hang your clothes, but they often have much less drying space than other airers.
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Beside stiff or stale smelling clothes, damp problems are the most common pitfall of drying clothes indoors. If you notice condensation on your windows, or a feeling of damp in your airing room, it is advisable to invest in a dehumidifier. This will suck the moisture out of the air before it is able to do any damage.
If at any point you notice mould forming (often this will be around window frames or in corners of the room) you should treat it immediately to stop it spreading. Your local DIY store will have a selection of anti-fungal treatments and paints available.
While not impossible, it is quite difficult to get rid of mould once it’s tightened it’s grip, so you should try to prevent it by ensuring your drying room has good ventilation.
Consider your options
While getting lovely dry clothes from an indoor airer is possible, it can be challenging, so if you do have any other option you should probably take it.
In my case, after 7 years of indoor drying, I finally decided to sacrifice some kitchen cupboard space and install a condensing tumble dryer instead. These are more expensive and less efficient than their vented cousins, but they are perfect for apartments where running a vent outside might be an issue. I never looked back and would highly recommend it.
Do you have a top tip for getting clothes dry? Leave a comment as I’d love to hear them!
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