Towel drying??

(36 Posts)
Weelady77 Sun 29-Dec-13 17:02:05

Was wondering, those who don't wash towels after every time you use them how do you dry them??

I wash my towels after every 2nd use unless boys have been playing football and were really dirty! Cause if I didn't that would be 5/6 towels per day!
Normally I hang up on a towel rail that hangs behind my bathroom door but there not really drying as only have heating on at night!
My radiators aren't the biggest either to hang them on
I was either going to buy a small clothes horse or wait till everyone's showered and bung them in the tumble dryer for 20/25 mins to dry them off!

PigletJohn Tue 31-Dec-13 00:05:39

if there really is no room in the bathroom for additional towel rails, I suppose you could put a towel rail in each bedroom.

It will then be even more important than usual to ventilate the bedrooms well, or you will get condensation, damp and mould.

If you have a tumble drier then that would be a workable option, but more costly. A typical modern tumbledrier might cost 50p to dry a full load (6kg - 8kg) of wet cotton, but I presume the towels will be damp rather than wet, and will not add up to a full load. Cotton dried quickly at high heat should also prevent any damp smells and will kill e.g. insects and eggs as you can use it to destroy moth infestation. I don't know if it is hot enough to kill bacteria.

dizhin79 Mon 30-Dec-13 23:51:21

what about one of those old fashioned pulleymaids? The ones you fasten to the ceiling and ascend / descend on a pulley?

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 23:27:02

I've just ordered a freestanding towel stand it got good reviews fingers crossed this works! I'm going to get some of those towels for swimming and holidays

mousmous Mon 30-Dec-13 23:17:39

we have those decathlon ones for swimming and camping.
they are fab.
just not as comfy, flannelly, warm as ordinary towels.

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 23:08:55

I had Italian students a few years ago and they had like microfibre towels they wouldn't let me wash them for them the 2 weeks they stayed with me, I seen them in decathlon last week might get 5 of those smile

Showtime Mon 30-Dec-13 22:51:47

John Lewis or similar department stores might have the "flat" towels, (I think they're linen), but I've collected most of mine from charity shops. Glad to see Flibbertyjibbet's discovered these practical towels too -give them a go!

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 20:00:57

Cakebar I'm a freak I couldn't put them over doors, all my friends do it but I couldn't

cakebar Mon 30-Dec-13 19:59:24

We put them over doors. Looks crap, but you get dry towels.

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 19:58:02

That's the problem pigletjohn there's no room in this house!! In my old house it was fab loads of huge radiators and bannister lol!
Surely if I put them in the tumbledryer it wouldn't cause contamination if it was on a hot heat??

PigletJohn Mon 30-Dec-13 19:54:32

I think it is important to have the towels well spaced out and spread so that air can circulate and dry them. At one time I used a curtain pole screwed to the wall over the bath, I suppose about 6 ft long. It made quite a good towel rail. With lots of towels you need lots of rails.

Showtime - I also have a few of those 'flat' towels. We got them for swimming and hols as they pack small and dry so quickly but are in use all the time at hom too.

To the OP, we have a row of hooks on the back of the bathroom door, a towel rail (unheated) in the bathroom and also will put towels over the side of the bath. Me and the kids have cotton towelling bathrobes. Cant say I've ever had an issue wondering what to do with them between uses, we just pick one up and use it!

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 17:06:45

It's a tiny bathroom window open all day only shut at night, I seen electric towel stands like the one you posted but wonder if they would be expensive to run??

mousmous Mon 30-Dec-13 17:04:35

do you open windows to ventilate do you have a fan you can keep running?

PuppyMonkey Mon 30-Dec-13 17:02:21

They do on mine - it is big airy bathroom though.

mousmous Mon 30-Dec-13 17:01:33

we have a couple of free standing towel rails like this
every one has a rung for their towel.

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 17:00:42

Puppy monkey I've got the same thing but the towels don't dry on ithmm

Geneticsreindeer Mon 30-Dec-13 16:56:13

Tumble driers are for clean things! You will cross contaminate everything if you tule dry dirty towels! (Bit ott possibly but worth considering if you ever have thrush).

PuppyMonkey Mon 30-Dec-13 16:54:44

I have a poncey thing fromNext that goes over the bathroom door with hooks that says "towels". You're all jealous now aren't you? wink

ChasingSquirrels Mon 30-Dec-13 16:50:38

Mine and DP's go over the wardrobe doors - either side of the ensuite door, dry for the following morning.
Kids go in the airing cupboard.

Weelady77 Mon 30-Dec-13 16:43:23

Where do I find these?

Showtime Mon 30-Dec-13 13:33:14

I've recently abandoned thick, fluffy towels for old-fashioned huckaback type (they used to put similar in roller-towel machines, granny had them embroidered). Because they're lightweight, they have a blotting-paper effect, drying body/hair fast and also drying quickly when wet/washed. Have only seen white ones, but I hem mine with decent ribbon to match bathroom colours (and facecloths) - just an idea, maybe worth a try?

dizhin79 Mon 30-Dec-13 10:30:38

get some over the door hanging hooks, tk maxx often have attractive ones, hang towels on these.

BackforGood Sun 29-Dec-13 23:14:24


Weelady77 Sun 29-Dec-13 23:05:02

Backforgood I did try putting clothes horse in bathroom but it's tiny and radiator is in between door and toilet so couldn't even put it beside radiator and when I had it in there it ended up wetter as my boys didn't give a damn about it being there when they went in the shower!!!

BackforGood Sun 29-Dec-13 23:01:32

I've got an airer in the bathroom - stands next to the radiator. I know everyone doesn't have a big enough bathroom, but if you do, it's effective, as can cope with more than one towel and doesn't block the heat from coming out the radiator and even when heating not on, are still airing fairly well.

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