How to Get Your Washing Dry in Winter

Winter in Melbourne can be a real challenge when it comes to drying clothes. With wet, cold, and gloomy conditions, getting your laundry dry can seem like a never-ending battle. At Space and Time, our team of decluttering and organising experts, living right here in Melbourne, know all too well the struggles of winter laundry. We’ve gathered our best expert tips from Space and Time to help you get your washing dry even in the chilliest months.

Do You Really Need to Wash That?

Before you even start thinking about drying your clothes, ask yourself: “Do I really need to wash this?” Many clothes can be worn more than once before needing a wash. Spot clean minor stains and freshen up clothes by airing them out. This not only saves you time and effort but also reduces the amount of laundry you need to dry. After all, do you really need to wash that jumper you wore for an hour while binge-watching TV?

Use Your Heating Vents

One of the simplest and most effective ways to dry clothes in winter is to use your heating vents. If you have central heating, placing a drying rack near the vents can help speed up the drying process. Just be sure to keep clothes at a safe distance to avoid any fire hazards. This method utilises the warm air already circulating in your home, making it an energy-efficient option. Bonus: it’s a great way to warm your socks before putting them on, giving you that toasty feeling right down to your toes!

Maximise the Spin Cycle

Before you even start drying, make sure your clothes are as dry as possible straight out of the washing machine. Use the fastest spin cycle available on your machine. This extra spin helps remove more water, significantly reducing drying time. Clothes that are spun well are less heavy and more likely to dry quickly, even in cooler temperatures. Just be prepared for your washing machine to sound like it’s preparing for takeoff.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be a game-changer for indoor drying. It helps remove excess moisture from the air, making it easier for your clothes to dry. Place your drying rack in a small room with the dehumidifier running to maximise its effectiveness. This not only speeds up the drying process but also prevents mould and dampness in your home. Think of it as your new silent (but powerful) winter laundry assistant.

Use an Indoor Drying Rack

Indoor drying racks are a winter essential. Opt for a foldable rack that can be placed in a well-ventilated area of your home. If possible, position it near a sunny window or a heating source. Make sure to leave space between items to allow air to circulate freely, which helps clothes dry faster and more evenly. Just don’t trip over it on your midnight snack run—those things are like booby traps in the dark.

Utilise Clothes Airers and Hangers

Hanging clothes on hangers or clothes airers can also expedite drying. This method allows air to circulate around each garment, promoting quicker drying times. Hang shirts, dresses, and pants on hangers, and smaller items like socks and underwear on a clothes airer. You’ll also have the added fun of turning your living room into a mini laundromat.

The Power of a Good Laundry Detergent

Using a good quality laundry detergent can make a difference in how well your clothes dry. Some detergents help fabrics release water more efficiently, making the drying process quicker. Look for detergents that are formulated for quicker drying or for use in cold water. It’s like giving your clothes a little winter workout—they come out feeling fresher and more energetic.

Wash More Often

Instead of waiting for a large pile of laundry to accumulate, try putting on a full load more frequently. This can be particularly effective in winter when drying large loads can take a long time. Smaller loads dry faster and more evenly, and you’ll avoid the issue of damp clothes piling up. Plus, it’s easier to manage drying space when you have smaller batches to deal with.

Use a Heated Drying Rack

Heated drying racks are a fantastic investment for winter. These racks plug into an outlet and gently heat up, speeding up the drying process. They are energy-efficient and can significantly reduce the time it takes for your clothes to dry. Plus, they are perfect for those smaller items like socks and underwear that seem to take forever to dry.

Utilise Your Tumble Dryer Wisely

If you have a tumble dryer, use it wisely. You don’t need to dry clothes completely in the dryer; instead, you can use it for a short burst to remove excess moisture and then finish drying the clothes on an indoor rack. This hybrid method can save on energy costs while ensuring your clothes don’t stay damp for too long.

Space and Time Can Help

At Space and Time, we understand the challenges of maintaining an organised home, especially during Melbourne’s wet winters. Our team of decluttering and organising experts is here to offer practical advice and solutions tailored to your needs. If you need more tips or hands-on help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Drying clothes in winter doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these tips, you can keep your laundry routine running smoothly, no matter how dreary the weather gets. Embrace these strategies and enjoy the comfort of dry, fresh clothes all winter long.

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