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How to dry clothes indoors

Don't have a tumble dryer? There are times when you won't be able to dry your clothes outside, so discover our tips on drying clothes indoors.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key steps 

1.     An indoor airer is an indispensable investment, and it’s one of the best ways for drying clothes indoors.

2.     Try and position your airer near an open window for proper ventilation and airflow.

3.     Always check the care label on your clothes before putting them into the tumble drier, and avoid drying delicates in the dryer.

So, you’ve left home for university and are doing your first lot of laundry. One of the trickiest parts of getting this process right actually comes after the wash: how to dry clothes indoors. Follow our tips to stay on top of your laundry and learn the best way to dry clothes indoors.

If you only have a small space to dry your clothes in, wash them with fragrant Persil or Surf detergent first. This will get them clean, and fill your house with that lovely fresh laundry scent.

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How to dry clothes indoors: Using a dryer or airer

First things first, you need to decide how you are going to dry your clothes indoors. Your two main options are to use a tumble dryer (if available) or to hang clothes on an indoor airer or clothes horse.

Drying clothes indoors: Using a tumble drier

If you have a tumble drier available, dry clothes indoors using the following tips:

  • Check the care label on your clothes to see if they are tumble drier safe. You can get help working out what the different symbols mean here.
  • If labels are missing or faded then use an airer, or test them on a short cycle in the dryer.
  • Always avoid drying delicate items, such as silks and wools, in a tumble drier as the fabrics may shrink or stretch. Other items such as tights, swimwear, and running shoes, should also be kept out of the dryer.

Drying clothes indoors: Using an airer

If you don’t have a dryer available at home, then you’ll need to find alternative ways of drying washing indoors. This will normally involve the use of an airer or clothes horse.

  • Wash clothes in a nice smelling detergent like Surf’s new essential oil range or Persil’s classic scents. This will fill the house with that fresh laundry smell as your clothes are drying.
  • When they are finished in the washer, hang your clothes straight on an airer. Don’t leave them in the machine or a laundry basket as this can cause them to smell musty and even grow mould.
  • Try and position your airer near an open window or somewhere with good airflow.
  • Avoid layering too many clothes in the same part of the airer as this can delay the drying process or prevent them from drying properly – spread clothes evenly instead.
  • Avoid drying clothes in rooms where fumes or odours may affect them – such as in the kitchen – and don’t cover radiators or heaters with wet clothes.
  • Try turning your clothes over after a few hours to help them dry evenly.
  • Remove clothes from the airer as soon as they’re dry and put them away. Not only will this help keep things tidy but if you live in shared accommodation then you won’t be guilty of occupying the airer for too long.

Drying clothes indoors in winter

Drying clothes in winter is much easier for those lucky enough to have a tumble drier. If you’re not in this group then you’ll need to follow a few extra tips to get through your laundry.

  • Wash your clothes in smaller loads so that you have more room to spread clothes out on the airer when drying them.
  • Make a rota with your housemates to avoid doing your laundry at the same time – this is one of the best ways to dry clothes indoors without disrupting your household’s harmony.
  • Hang larger items such as shirts or blouses on coat hangers. This can help them dry more quickly, and help to prevent extra creases from forming.

These are just a few short tips on drying clothes indoors in winter and in summer. Just remember to be strategic with your use of space, and keep airers out of main walkways.

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