While we’ve been enjoying some gorgeous sunshine lately, we all know how unpredictable the weather can be, so it can be difficult to give your washing enough time outside to fully dry. Admit it, we’ve all had to rush out to the yard to bring the washing in when it starts raining at least once in our lives.
Sometimes we’re left with no option but to dry our clothes indoors, especially for those of us who are washing our clothes by hand these days to avoid the laundry mat. But this can cause mold spores which not only look unsightly but could be harmful to your health. Moisture also attracts pesky dust mites and other critters.
Here are some tips to help you dry your clothes indoors more efficiently and reduce the risk of damp and mold…
Reduce The Load
It may be tempting to fill your washing machine to the top, especially if you’ve got a huge laundry pile to get through, but packing too many clothes into your washing machine can make them even damper. Not only will they take longer to dry but they’ll come out more creased too, meaning more ironing. The same thing applies if you’re lucky enough to have a tumble dryer; filling it too much reduces its efficiency and you could put pressure on the motor.
Ventilate The Area
Ventilation is key to avoiding damp and mould when drying your clothes indoors. Be sure to open a window so fresh air can circulate throughout your home. Kitchen or bathroom extractor fans will also help eliminate moisture – just make sure they’re free from dust so they can do their job properly.
Timing is Everything
Start doing your laundry in the morning if you can. That way you’ll be able to hang it up during the day and make the most of the sun’s warmth.
Choose The Right Space
If you’re using a airer to dry your clothes indoors, make sure you place it in the sunniest and airiest place in your home to speed up the drying time. It’s best to avoid your living room or bedroom though as you’ll be most exposed to mold spores in these areas.
Spread it Out
Take care to hang your clothes neatly and ensure they are spread out. This will reduce drying time and curb the risk of that horrible damp smell creeping in, plus it will keep creases at bay.
Use Coat Hangers
Hang more delicate items like blouses and shirts on coat hangers off your drying rack to maximize space and get more clothes drying at once. You’ll be able to pop them straight in your wardrobe when they’re dry too, which is an added bonus.
Consider a Dehumidifier
If you’re really concerned about the risk of damp or mold in an old property and struggle with condensation, it could be worth buying a dehumidifier to help extract the excess moisture from the air. It will help your clothes dry faster too.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.