Tips on Drying Clothes Indoors

Nothing beats the smell of laundry which has dried outside on our washing lines. It helps the products we use smell stronger, and clothes are fully dried in optimum conditions which reduces the likelihood of musty, damp smells or creases.

But then, come winter, the rain and cold and lack of sun put a stop to that. Wintry, damp weather just fails to dry our clothes, particularly large items like bedding and towels. So, we need to bring them indoors.

Odours from our home and a lack of fresh airflow means they can smell a little funky or musty, too. And not everyone has a tumble dryer or can afford to run one after every wash.

Well, worry no more. Follow Speedy’s failsafe guide on how to dry your clothes indoors without issue.



  1. How to Dry Clothes Using a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier will give you the best results if drying your clothes indoors. This is because it can absorb all of that additional moisture released into the air, which not only creates better drying conditions but will also help you feel a bit less ‘muggy’.

A dehumidifier will also recreate the dry air and slightly breezy conditions of the perfect summer's day for drying clothing.

If rooms are too humid, it can create a higher risk of mould and damp developing on walls, carpets and around windows. This especially applies when we can’t have good airflow from windows and doors being open due to the cold or weather. A dehumidifier can work hard to lower this risk.

Use a clothes airer and place the dehumidifier near the clothes. Try to pick a small room in your house, as this will enable the dehumidifier to dry the air quicker and therefore give your clothes optimum drying conditions sooner.

Dehumidifiers are relatively inexpensive to run, turning off when the room reaches the perfect level of humidity. To speed up the drying process, you can set the dehumidifier to dry the air a bit more than if you were using the room.



  1. How to dry clothes with a radiator

A radiator is the next best choice. The heat output naturally dries clothes quicker. However, we are all conscious of rising gas prices at the moment, so there are a few things to bear in mind if you’re using a radiator to dry your clothes.

If gas prices are reducing how much you put the radiator on, hire an electric radiator from Speedy. They are cheap to run and can minimise how much energy is used, as you don’t need to get your whole central heating system started up.

Don’t put clothes directly onto a radiator, as it can increase the moisture in the air which can lead to damp conditions where mould spores thrive. This is a health risk. Instead, use a clothes airer placed near the radiator, leaving a gap for airflow around both.

  • SPEEDY TOP TIP: To keep heat near the clothes, drape a bedsheet over the clothes airer and the radiator, creating a covered clothes airer. This should reduce drying time and mean no heat is wasted

Try to open a window if using a radiator to dry clothes. The fresh air will help eliminate the risk of mould and damp in the air. You may want to pick an unused, small spare room—keep the door closed so the cold isn’t felt around the house.

If possible, it is still ideal to use a dehumidifier, too.


Indoor clothes drying tips

  • Invest in a good clothes drying rack. Ensure it is large enough to hold all your clothing, but also can be stored easily when not in use.


  • Don’t overload washing machines. This will leave them damper at the end of the cycle, as they haven’t had enough room to move around during the spin.


  • If it doesn’t cost too much, add an extra spin onto the end of your cycle to extract surplus water.


  • Hang clothes up straight away. The longer they sit in the washing machine or laundry basket, the more likely they are to develop a musty damp smell and even mould.


  • Space clothes out on an airer. Layering items will just mean they take longer to dry.


  • Ensure clothes are fully dried before putting them away. You don’t want to be bringing out musty clothes in a few weeks.






Yes. Speedy Services, the UK's leading tool hire company, have a range of Dehumidifiers and portable heaters available for hire nationwide. Speedy has more than 200 service centres across the nation, hire counters in selected B&Qs and nationwide 4-hour delivery, dehumidifier hire has never been easier.

You’ll find all the tools you need right here. Why not start planning your next DIY project and open a Speedy account today online and instore.


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