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FawnFrenchieMum · 05/07/2021 07:55

When it’s raining?!

Towels, jeans, underwear etc all get chucked in the dryer but things like T-shirt’s, joggers etc that shrink, how do you keep on top of drying them? Got half a load that was on the line that got soaked and half of the next load waiting to dry.

Obviously radiators arn’t on at this time of the year and too wet to hang out?!

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PumpkinKlNG · 12/08/2021 20:43

Oh that’s probably the reason! We are a family of 5 so yes they are pretty full usually

Anordinarymum · 12/08/2021 15:17


Surprised people saying things Dry overnight on a clothes airer, I’ve used them and clothes took 3 days to dry in my house

Perhaps you overfill it?
PumpkinKlNG · 12/08/2021 01:03

Surprised people saying things Dry overnight on a clothes airer, I’ve used them and clothes took 3 days to dry in my house

Keladrythesaviour · 12/08/2021 00:56

One thing that really helps is running a second spin on the machine before taking the clothes out. Even if they don't feel too wet after the cycle finishes it's amazing what a second spin can get out.

Snugglybuggly · 12/08/2021 00:42

On a clothes airer rack

PigletJohn · 12/08/2021 00:24

is that due to the lower operating temperature?

WhatAWasteOfOranges · 11/08/2021 09:35

Get a heat pump drier. Doesn’t shrink a thing

Thornrose · 11/08/2021 09:30

Extra spin and dehumidifier for me too. I hang the clothes on an airer in spare room and close the door.

Mine has a timer, I usually set it for 4 hours and that dries most things. It has a clothes drying boost function.

I haven't noticed my electricity costs going up.

MinesAPintOfTea · 11/08/2021 09:24

Pulley airer in the utility room. Works best with the window slightly open and the washing machine or boiler running to keep warm air moving around the room.

Italianmeringuebuttercream · 11/08/2021 09:17

I have 2 airers (I've alway's called them clothes horses) kept in the spare bedroom. Before our loft conversion, they were constantly up in the kitchen/diner near the radiator. No room for a tumble dryer. In winter it's usually 24 hours for jeans to dry but school uniform is pretty much overnight.

mathanxiety · 10/08/2021 21:57

Why are your T-shirts and joggers shrinking in the dryer?

PigletJohn · 10/08/2021 20:36

Everything goes in the drier

If it shrinks, buy a bigger size.

If you are obliged to dry stuff indoors, hang it up in the bathroom with the extractor fan on and the door and window shut. It will suck out the water vapour and prevent your house getting damp.

jannyharvey49 · 10/08/2021 19:29

Overdoor hangers preferably upstairs as warm air rises’ then hang clothes by appropriate clothes hangers . Keep spaced they dry faster that way . My tumble dryer is only used in emergencies

bellocchild · 10/08/2021 19:28

Stick shirts, tshirts, skirts, trousers, sweatshirts etc on wire (ie cleaners') hangers in doorways, upstairs if you prefer invisibility. Take a few hours to dry, keeps garments shape.

frumpety · 10/08/2021 18:20

Airer overnight and then in the dryer for 20 minutes , t-shirts etc don't shrink then.

JamesWilbysAbs · 10/08/2021 18:11

I just put the heating on for an hour.

Frazzledstar1 · 10/08/2021 17:54

Airer here too. Does take an age to dry though so i tumble as much as poss and try and strategically plan my loads so I don’t have too much that needs hanging up at any one time

LittleBearPad · 10/08/2021 17:50

T shirts and joggers would go in the tumble drier here. The only stuff that doesn’t is knitwear and DH’s shirts. They get hung on the clothes airer.

Nohomemadecandles · 10/08/2021 17:46

Love my Pod! Everything dries nicely on hangers. Use laundry bags for socks. I would not be without it!

MarkRuffaloCrumble · 03/08/2021 00:17

I have one of those spring loaded curtain poles in the utility hanging above the sink, with some plastic coat hangers on it. The spotlight in there gets really warm so if I need stuff dry quickly I leave the light on!

shouldistop · 02/08/2021 23:58

An airer and dehumidifier.

Lougle · 02/08/2021 22:02

Lakeland heated airer here. Never have an issue with condensation. It has a cover that zips over it as it dries the clothes.

Anordinarymum · 02/08/2021 22:01


Bought a house November 2019 complete with a Sheila maid in the lounge above a coal fire. Its brilliant for drying all my washing but sadly doesn't fit with my renovation plan so will have to go.

There's always room for one somewhere. I have one in my kitchen above where I iron so it doubles up as a drier and airer. Worth it's weight in gold.
Twillow · 02/08/2021 21:57
  1. Pace yourself, only do towels and bed linen when dry out or heating on.
  2. Have one of those peggy hangers for smalls.
  3. Don't hang directly on a radiator in summer as they're freezing cold and will stay damp for days, get a couple of those racks that hang on radiators.
  4. Don't let people be in the habit of wearing things for 10 minutes and throwing them in the laundry!
  5. Don't buy too many clothes either, it's an incentive to do the above!
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