Drying laundry indoors is a common undertaking for many Britons due to the unpredictable weather in the UK. Indoor drying can cause mould spores created as the clothes dry. Drying clothes on a washing line outside is a popular method in the warmer weather, but how should you dry your clothes indoors effectively?
Is it safe to dry your clothes indoors?
Often the only option for many people is to dry their clothes inside.
However, the damp created during this process can cause mould spores.
These spores can look unsightly and can be harmful to your health.
Moisture-filled environments can also attract dust mites and other creatures.
How to dry your clothes indoors
Tumble dryers are machines specially designed to dry your clothes.
These machines tend to dry your clothes in the quickest time with the lowest amount of effort.
However, tumble dryers can prove expensive to buy and run.
There is also a risk of damage to clothes placed into tumble dryers.
When using a tumble dryer, you should check the labels on your clothes before drying them in the machine.
Follow the care instructions for each item and dry at the right temperature and duration to ensure clothes are not damaged.
Why should you avoid drying clothes on a radiator?
Radiators can seem like the best option for drying your clothes.
However, drying your clothes on a radiator could prove dangerous and expensive in the end and therefore should be avoided.
Radiators work to establish an ambient temperature in your home, but covering them in wet clothes can act as a barrier between the heat and lead radiators to believe your home is the temperature of your clothes.
This means radiators will have to work much harder to reach the required temperature.
Piling clothing on radiators, storage heaters or convector heaters can also become a fire risk.
Heated towel rails are however specifically designed to dry fabrics so you can use these to dry your clothes, as well as your wet towels.