LifestyleCut laundry drying time with this trick: skip the tumble dryer, grab a sheet

Cut laundry drying time with this trick: skip the tumble dryer, grab a sheet

Quick drying of laundry is possible.
Quick drying of laundry is possible.
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5:55 AM EST, January 29, 2024, updated: 4:42 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Drying laundry, particularly in wintertime, can be a slog. Some types of clothing, such as sweaters, thick pants, or blouses made from heavy-duty materials, can take a long time to dry. Even after a full night of drying, they may feel slightly damp. So, what can you do to speed up the process if you don't have a tumble dryer? A straightforward trick involves using a simple sheet.

Quickly dry your laundry using a sheet or towel

Wondering how to dry your laundry rapidly? Hang it on a clothes rack positioned opposite a radiator. Cover the laundry and the radiator with a sheet. Make sure to attach it properly. The heat from the radiator, focused within this makeshift "tent", will speed up the drying process. Usually, the process shouldn't take more than three hours, which is significantly faster than conventional methods. To further speed up the process, you can use a dehumidifier to absorb the moisture.

An additional trick to expedite laundry drying involves using a towel. Few people know that simply throwing a thick, quality towel into the washing machine with freshly washed clothes when spinning them, especially at high speeds, will absorb most of the moisture from the clothes. Simply remove them from the washing machine to dry thereafter.

Never dry your laundry on a radiator

Is it safe to dry your laundry on a radiator? Some people view this method as a quick solution to drying clothes. Regrettably, this is a serious mistake with potentially severe consequences. This approach significantly raises the humidity level in one's apartment, potentially leading to the growth of mold and fungus on the walls. This could, in turn, trigger unpleasant health consequences, including the onset of allergies, migraines, or respiratory issues.

Furthermore, drying laundry on a radiator can cause a rise in your heating expenses. The radiator's heat efficiency can be significantly limited by the damp fabric, reducing the overall room warmth.

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