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I think I prefer my dehumidifer to my tumble drier

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LadypeneloPee Wed 11-Oct-17 17:51:25

I've shrunk so many things in my tumble drier that I've started to use it only for towels and bedding and hang everything up in the laundry room with the dehumidifier on.

Am I doing something wrong (with my tumble drier?)

Queenofthedrivensnow Wed 11-Oct-17 17:53:24

I'm very careful what I tumble dry. Is the dehumidifier mire expensive to run. I'm asking as moving and may not have room for dryer

LadypeneloPee Wed 11-Oct-17 17:57:27

I don't know about pricing of either but I don't need dehumidifer on long for the clothes to dry. (I only use either when I can't get washing dried outside).

I often here people say they use their tumble dryer for everything - I can't imagine that.

CoffeenoTea Wed 11-Oct-17 18:01:09

Never had a tumble, but i have got 2 dehumidifiers and they cost very little to run but dry the clothes super quick they are always running.

DearMrDilkington Wed 11-Oct-17 18:06:03

What make are they lady & Coffee ?

LadypeneloPee Wed 11-Oct-17 18:19:25

Mine is a Meaco DDBL8 I believe.

DearMrDilkington Wed 11-Oct-17 18:43:10


lolalotta Wed 11-Oct-17 20:58:38

What is a dehumidifier exactly? I hear about them on here but don't know what they are!

imjessie Wed 11-Oct-17 20:59:57

I only tumble sheets , towels , underwear’s etc . Never jeans or tops . I hang them on an airer so yeah you are doing something wrong . Some Clothes will shrink if you tumble them regardless of the care label .

PhatSlag Wed 11-Oct-17 21:01:26

I’ve got a Dehumidifier, an EBAC one. It’s amazing. Dries clothes in a day or two if it’s jeans or something thicker.

flibbertigibbety Wed 11-Oct-17 21:02:32

We don’t have room for a tumble dryer and just invested in a dehumidifier... it’s awesome!

NeverEnoughSleep1 Wed 11-Oct-17 21:03:02

Maybe a silly question but are the humidifiers better to help with damp/mould with radiators and putting clothes on them? Didn't realise they would be good for clothes drying we hardly put anything in the tumble dryer and it seems to shrink everything

Kaffiene Wed 11-Oct-17 21:05:31

Def a decent dehumidifier. Mine has a clothes drying setting. I load up an IKEA tall clothes horse, chuck a sheet or something over the top and it’s dry within hours. No more damp clothes lingering about the place, especially in warm but damp weather.

Kaffiene Wed 11-Oct-17 21:08:57

This is the one we have

Flamingale Wed 11-Oct-17 23:20:04

To NeverEnoughSleep1. Yes most people use the dehumidifier to help get rid of damp. Also if you have a lower moisture level in the air, then mould can't grow. So win win situation.

With some dehumidifiers like the Meaco DD8L they have a clothes drying feature. So if you put your airer in a smaller room with the dehumidifier it will dry the clothes really quickly and keep your home damp free as well.

Just set the level, switch on and leave it. It will switch itself off if the water reservoir is full or the humidity level you want has been reached. It will switch itself on again if the humidity level rises. You can also set it to be on for just a set period of time.

So all in all dehumidifiers are great. Wish I'd got one much sooner.

LadypeneloPee Thu 12-Oct-17 07:52:16

Has anyone else got a MEACO? I'd just like to check something about the fan and the drying switch.

GummyGoddess Thu 12-Oct-17 14:15:53

@Kaffiene So you put the dehumidifier in the middle of the clothes horse, throw clothes on then a sheet over all of it?

throatmanship Thu 12-Oct-17 14:32:07

I have the one that Kaffiene posted but I'm always afraid to leave mine on when we are out of the house in case it catches fire. How long do you all leave yours on for?

Aderyn17 Thu 12-Oct-17 14:53:12

Would a normal dehumidifier, without a clothes drying function, work?

Bear2014 Thu 12-Oct-17 14:59:56

We had industrial dehumidifiers in recently after a burst pipe which was a pain but our laundry dried almost instantly! It was magic.

PhatSlag Thu 12-Oct-17 15:34:55

throatmanship Mine switches itself off when there isn’t enough moisture in the air. So it will dry the washing and then stop. Does yours have that feature?? I leave mine switched on all the time.

Kaffiene Thu 12-Oct-17 20:15:39

@GummyGoddess Yep load up the dryer and stick it underneath. I read that people recommended a sheet over the top when using a heater dryer so thought I would give it a try. Seems to work best like that, although obviously I haven’t always got a wet sheet to hand.

@throatmanship Ours can be on for over 24hrs if I have a lot of washing to catch up on or during a recent D&V outbreak when I think we went though every sheet & towel in the house. Pausing only when the tank needs emptying.

There are 2 ways of using it % moisture which would turn it off when moisture level goes below or the continuious clothes drying mode.

@Aderyn17 Any decent dehumidifier would work spend Need the clothes function

chloechloe Fri 13-Oct-17 06:12:27

Agree that you don't need the clothes drying function. We have an industrial one and it dries everything so fast. I just leave it plugged in the whole time and it switches itself off when the moisture is reduced to a certain level. There's no need to mess with putting it under the drying rack, just stand it nearby. Ours is in an adjacent room to the washing and it still dries super fast.

1DAD2KIDS Fri 13-Oct-17 06:17:58

I just buy a size bigger in cheap clothes like school polo shirts etc. Then they shrink inbthe dryer to the right size

BlueCows Fri 13-Oct-17 06:21:07

Same here.

I've rigged up an internal washing line in my utility room and the dehumidifier is in there. We normally have the door open so the whole house is dried but on days where I'm drying clothes I shut the door and it dries stuff quickly. Have got the laundry feature but don't always use it, only if I'm in a rush and want something dry overnight.

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