As the days grow colder and outside drying days become scarcer, getting through your laundry can become a real hassle. Relying on the occasional, unpredictable dry day is particularly frustrating when your favourite top’s in the wash and switching on the heating when there is no-one at home to get your clothes dry is costly
And while the tumble dryer can sometimes be the only option if you need something in a hurry, it’s worth bearing in mind that they are one of the most energy hungry appliances in the home*, using about 4 times as much energy as a washing machine.
To make life a little easier, we’ve put together our top tips for making sure you make the most of the time and space you’ve got.
Pick the right air dryer
If you have mountains of washing, squeezing all your smalls onto your radiators isn’t always possible… plus it is a pretty expensive option if there isn’t going to be anyone home to enjoy the tropical climate you create!
Air dryers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; the Vileda Dry Cascade is a 3 tier airer which is ideal if you have limited space but still has 15m of line length and the Vileda Viva Dry Flex which, with a massive 25 metres of drying length and adjustable wings, is ideal for bigger loads and drying delicates flat.
Reduce power and follow the sun
If the sun does decide to put its hat on, but you don’t trust the rain to hold out all day, move your air dryer to a sunny spot in your home. Also consider where the warmest places in your house are; often they are the kitchen and bathroom
Shake it & flip it
If you’ve ever bunged a pair of jeans on a radiator and just left them there to dry, you’ll know trying to climb into wrinkled, crispy clothes isn’t particularly pleasant.
To keep them supple and minimise creases, make sure you give your clothes a good shake before hanging them out and to speed up drying time, if you get a chance, flip them over for a more even dry
Dealing with delicates
There’s nothing more disheartening than an item that calls for hand-washing. As well as being a bit of a pain to wash, drying delicates, in particular knitted garments, comes with its own set of problems as hanging them up often causes them to lose their shape.
Rather than risk extra long arms on your favourite sweater, spread it out over the adjustable wings of the Vileda Viva Dry Flex so that it dries flat.
Worried about damp?
If damp is a problem in your house, consider using a dehumidifier. While this still uses electrical power, they often use a lot less energy so are cheaper to run than most heating devices.
* Source Energy Saving Trust