We’ve been seeing some ‘January’ weather lately, and while the breezy coolness can be refreshing for the senses, it does nothing for your laundry. As any Irish mama will tell you, it’s not great drying weather, and that doesn’t take into account the drying days we lose to the rain.
However, for those of us who can’t use a dryer for our clothes, the only option is to hang them indoors to dry, but this can trap excess condensation inside, leading to problems like damp and mold forming in our homes.
For a solution, the experts at Beko shared some tips for drying clothes indoors, and avoiding moisture and mold problems when doing so.
Humidifier and property expert Paul Gibbins told Beko that drying damp clothes indoors can increase humidity in the home by 30%. He adds that humidity can be a problem for people with breathing problems such as asthma.
“Excess humidity in the home can also affect your health significantly,” he says.
To avoid causing moisture while the laundry is drying, you must first improve the air flow in the area where you will hang the wet clothes. Put the horse’s clothing in an area with good air flow and open a window or door for 15 minutes to increase ventilation. Allowing fresh air to blow into your home instantly improves airflow.
If it’s too cold to consider letting in a cool breeze, consider buying a dehumidifier. This will help your clothes dry quickly by removing excess moisture from the air.
It can be tempting to let laundry pile up and wash it all in one load to save time, but putting too many clothes in the washer and overloading it can make the clothes get wetter when the cycle is over, which means they will take longer to dry and more moisture will circulate.
Likewise, distributing laundry loads can help prevent your clothes from developing a damp smell. If you have a clothes horse that is overburdened with clothes, your clothes will often have a damp smell after they have been sitting for too long to dry. It will reduce the spacing between your washes so that your clothes have enough room to dry out from their drying time and prevent that bad smell.
It’s no surprise that a home appliance brand would suggest buying a home appliance, but there’s a good case to invest in a clothes dryer. It dries clothes quickly and effectively and completely eliminates the need to fill your home with wet laundry.