1. Use a high spin
Set your washing machine on a high spin setting so that as much water as possible is removed from your clothes before they're even ready to dry.
2. Towel hack
Put a piece of clothing on an ironing board, as if ready to iron, then lay a thin towel over the top of it. Press the towel using medium to high heat (depending on what you're drying). Turn the garment over and do the same to the other side. This nifty trick helps remove some moisture and reduces the amount of air-drying needed.
3. Hair dryer trick
If your really short on time, a quick blast with a hairdryer can help. Be sure to check on the drying status of your item and regularly rotate the item frequently. Pay attention to pockets, sleeves and collars as you go. Opt for a warm setting as it's all about airflow rather than heat.
4. Make most of the sun
Should the sun peek out from behind dark clouds this winter, make the most of it. Do a load of washing and arrange clothing on a clotheshorse. Then, position it in front of a sunny window while the sun is out.
5. Pick the right position
The key to getting laundry dried quickly indoors is ensuring you position the clothes airer in a room with low humidity. Better yet, put the laundry in a room with open windows and unhindered air-flow.
6. If the heaters are on
If you do happen to have the heating on, now is the time to get your clothes washed. Hang them on the clothes-horse in the room with the heaters going, at least a metre or so away from the heater. The warm, dry air will get your clothes dry faster.
7. Hang your airer correctly
If you’re using a clothes-horse or clothes airer, ensure you aren’t over-loading it. Heavier fabrics and clothing items should be hung on the outer rungs, while smaller, quick-drying fabrics should be hung on the inner and lower rungs.
8. Maximise your tumble dry
If you really must give in to using the tumble dryer, popping a totally dry bath towel into the mix of wet clothes will get them dry quicker. Alternatively, add a tennis ball to ensure the fabric is aerated, and be sure to empty the lint filter after every load, as a full filter means longer drying times.
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