The rain just has not stopped for most of the east coast of New South Wales in the last few days and it doesn’t look like it’s letting up anytime soon.
With laundry an unavoidable household chore, even when the weather is like this, appliances like the tumble dryer get a serious workout.
But there are ways to make your dryer work smarter to speed up the drying process, which is great if you’re desperate for a work shirt or school uniforms on short notice.
When using the dryer, here are three tips that will help speed up the drying time, saving you time and money in the long run. And there are alternative options for getting your clothes dry without a dryer, since drying wet clothes inside can lead to a big problem.
Go for another spin
The less water there is in an item of clothing, the faster it will dry. So, instead of dumping things straight out of the washing machine and into the dryer, leave it in the washer and put a spin cycle on.
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A spin cycle will take around 15 minutes or less, but it will help get a lot more water out of the clothes in the machine. When you do put the load of washing into the dryer, you’re already giving it a head start on drying thanks to the second spin.
Even if you don’t have a dryer or want to use one for every load, this is a trick I swear by when it comes to drying clothes in autumn and winter. I personally find the clothes dry a lot quicker, which is great if you’re trying to juggle fitting a whole load on an airer.
Throw in the towel
It might seem silly, but a dry bath towel can be your best friend if you need things dried in a hurry. A dry towel will act as a moisture separator and help speed things up because it will absorb some of the moisture off the clothing.
If you’re only drying a couple of things, take the towel out of the dryer after around five minutes. If it’s a full load, leave the towel in there for around 15 minutes. Make sure you don’t overload the machine with the amount you’re washing and the towel, too. The towel should only feel a bit damp when you pull it out, and you can just hang it up to air dry.
Focus on what you need first
Instead of throwing a whole load of washing into the dryer, break it up into two piles first. Split your wet washing between what needs to be dry now and what can wait. You’ll give your dryer a smaller load to work with, meaning more room for hot air to circulate and a quicker drying time.
Pick the hottest setting, being mindful of the care labels on your clothing first, and throw your small load in. It should take around 15 to 20 minutes for a small load to dry at this temperature. You can either put the rest on an airer to dry slowly, or put it in the dryer for another cycle.
Tips and hacks that’ll make doing laundry less of a chore
You can’t avoid it, so you may as well make it easier