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How to dry clothes in winter: indoors and outdoors

Use tips for drying clothes in winter to get your clothes dry whatever the weather.


Drying clothes indoors and outdoors

Although some people are lucky enough to have tumble dryers, they are not suitable for drying all types of clothing, and many of us don’t have them at all. They are also costly to run. That’s why we have drying clothes indoors tips that will help you get your clothes dry and ready to wear whatever the weather outdoors.

Using products like Surf and Comfort to wash clothes helps keep them smelling great from wash to wear, including whilst drying clothes on radiator tops and around your home in Winter.

How to dry clothes indoors 

The best way to dry clothes indoors is to follow these 7 steps.

  1. Put your wash on an extra spin to remove any excess water and get the clothing as dry as possible before taking them out of the machine.
  2. Make sure that the room is well ventilated. This will not only help to prevent damp and mould but also help your clothes to dry quicker.
  3. Take time to hang out your clothes, ensuring they have plenty of room so that they get plenty of air to dry.
  4. Use a drying rack or airing frame and place it near to a source of heat such as a radiator. If you have the space, you can even place them onto the radiators; just make sure you take them off once they are dry so as not to waste the heat.
  5. Check your washing regularly to see how well it’s drying. If one section is drying better than the rest, rotate it to allow the other parts to dry too. Pay special attention to areas such as cuffs and underarms which take longer to dry.
  6. If you are in a rush, why not use a hair dryer? This is a quick fix to get your clothes dry if you need them in time for an event.
  7. If you really want to use a tumble dryer be sure to check the label on your clothes first and use the most economical setting the dryer has.

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Can you still dry your clothes outside in winter? 

The simple answer is, yes! Although the temperatures may be lower, as long as it isn’t raining, snowing or sleeting there will still be fresh air and of course sun (because it doesn’t always hide in the winter!) which will help get your clothing dry. If you decide to dry your clothes outside there are a few things you need to bear in mind to help your clothes dry naturally.

  • The moisture needs somewhere to go, so it’s worth checking the temperature and humidity. In low temperatures a lower humidity will help, but regardless, it will take longer for your clothes to dry.
  • For items such as sheets and towels having a breeze will flex the fibres and allow them to soften.

Understanding how to dry clothes in winter is easy when you have these simple drying clothes indoors tips to get you started. Now you can ensure your clothes smell great thanks to products like Surf and Comfort, and are dry and ready to wear in no time – no matter the weather!

  • Use products like Surf and Comfort to make sure your clothes smell great from wash to wear, even when drying clothes indoors.
  • Keep your washing well ventilated to allow the air to dry it.
  • Consider drying your clothes outdoors, as long as the weather is dry.
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