How to ‘quickly’ dry laundry indoors without smelling damp or musty – five expert tips

Drying washing during the winter months can be extremely hard, especially when looking to save money on energy bills.

Instead, Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, has offered some alternatives, including using the heat from an iron. 

1. Iron

The expert explained: “A vital part of drying things effectively is using heat. Put your washed clothes on a flat surface (ideally an ironing board, but a countertop will suffice). 

“Next, place a clean towel over the garments and run the iron over the top. The heat from the iron will steadily dry the clothes, meanwhile, the towel should absorb any excess moisture from the fabric fibres and prevent additional heat damage.”

2. Use a fan

For drying small items of clothing, fans can be used. Simply set one up so that it blows air across the clean laundry, ensuring they are pegged down to avoid them blowing away.

Make sure to also avoid putting any clothes too close to the fan either, as this could result in them blocking the airflow.

3. Use hair straighteners

Deyan continued: “If you’re lacking the time to tumble dry clothes and imminently need them, try using straighteners. 

“Once you have set the device to its lowest setting (approximately 180 degrees), run the hot plates over any wrinkles. 

“Any creases should immediately vanish. However, make sure you consider which items you use this technique on, as some delicate fabrics could get damaged. This method works best with cotton T-shirts, shirts and trousers, but always read the label before you start.”

4. Use a dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are a handy way to dry the air out, ensuring water is completely removed from the clothes and surrounding air.

This is a great option during winter because it can also help prevent mould and dampness.

The expert explained: “Hang your laundry on a drying rack or DIY washing line and position a dehumidifier nearby. 

“This will largely reduce their drying time, especially if this appliance has a laundry-boost setting. Since this process uses dry air rather than heat to dry your washing, your laundry will feel softer and fresher, as dehumidifiers prevent any dampness and musty odours from clinging to your clothes.”

5. Make a DIY washing line

After taking laundry out of the washing machine, be sure to hang it in front of any entrances or warmer spots in the home, radiators or doors.

The laundry pro said: “Regardless of whether the air is hot or cold, this method will speed up the process of drying your clothing by allowing fresh air to circulate around the room whilst your clothes dry.”