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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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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

JamesWilbysAbs · 10/08/2021 18:11

I just put the heating on for an hour.

frumpety · 10/08/2021 18:20

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

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.

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

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.

mathanxiety · 10/08/2021 21:57

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

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.

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.

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.

WhatAWasteOfOranges · 11/08/2021 09:35

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

PigletJohn · 12/08/2021 00:24

is that due to the lower operating temperature?

Snugglybuggly · 12/08/2021 00:42

On a clothes airer rack

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.

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

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 20:43

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

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