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How to dry washing when space limited?

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SandysMam Sat 12-Nov-16 16:40:07

Just that really! Anyone got any tips for indoor drying in a small 3 bed house? The spare room is in use and not much room anywhere really!

user1471950254 Sat 12-Nov-16 16:53:41

We got a great 3 tier aired from Argos but can't see it on their website. It looks like the one below on EBay.

The reason I like it is it fits a lot on it however it also can be dismantled into thirds so I can hide it behind our sofa when not in use.

Crispsheets Sat 12-Nov-16 16:55:59

I bought a tiny tumbledryer for bedding and sheets.

OMGtwins Sat 12-Nov-16 16:58:19

Get a combo washer dryer if you can, and dry everything you can in that (Samsung are good and efficient). Otherwise have a foldable airer - the one we have from IKEA has wings that fold out over a triangular base and folds flat but when up can fit 2 loads on it. Use a dehumidifier in the same room as the airer and that should prevent damp/condensation issues.

JennyHolzersGhost Sat 12-Nov-16 17:01:49

Lakeland heated airer?

buffalobill Sun 13-Nov-16 02:04:13

Try and make some extra room and get yourself a heated dryer we've got one in our spareroom and it saves me tons of time when drying clothes.

SandysMam Sun 13-Nov-16 08:39:11

Thanks everyone, there is enough room for a rack I just hate having it up for days while it dries so a Lakeland could definitely be the answer!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 13-Nov-16 08:43:10

I get everything out on to the line unless it's raining or the ground is staying damp, bring it in before dusk and finish it on the radiators. It does reduce the efficiency of the radiators a bit and of course indoor drying brings damp into the house so I get things as dry as possible first.

AnotherEmma Sun 13-Nov-16 08:46:33

We have a washer/dryer and use it for laundry that can be tumble dried.

We also have a dehumidifier which we use when hanging laundry to dry, as it makes it dry much quicker.

We are considering installing a clothes airer above the bath - something you can pull out and then tidy away, if such a thing exists!

Failing that, a clothes airer that you can put over the bath (but we do have an issue with storage space for fold-up airers).

borntobequiet Sun 13-Nov-16 08:47:41

Airer, heated or otherwise, and a dehumidifier. Aldi is selling (or was last week) a dehumidifier with a laundry setting for £69.99.

neonrainbow Sun 13-Nov-16 08:49:35

Jml dribuddy is great!

ColdTeaAgain Sun 13-Nov-16 08:51:21

Our Lakeland airer is in almost constant use in the bathroom throughout winter. Is a pain but keeps rest of house free of clothes everywhere.

chipsandgin Sun 13-Nov-16 08:55:26

If you have a staircase with ceiling space at the top (or even tall ceilings in the kitchen) then these are beautiful and practical and sit up just under the ceiling when not in use. We went to stay in a friends house who has his close up against the ceiling at the top of the stairs, then when you want to use it you lower it down and load it up whilst you stand on the landing level with the banisters, then the pulley lifts it back up and the clothes dry up above you, really clever use of space:

wooooofudge Sun 13-Nov-16 10:34:54

Another way of doing things with no danger of condensation damaging the house causing mould and increasing dust mite numbers is to put an airer in the bathroom - if it can go over the bath or even stand in the bath it won't be taking up valuable space - then close the door and switch the extractor fan on. Modern extractor fans are cheap to run, cheaper than dehumidifiers.

BoffinMum Sun 13-Nov-16 12:54:20

A large rack over the bath combined with a heated towel rail might be one idea.

misscarlar Sun 13-Nov-16 21:26:59


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