The One Thing You Should Never Do With Your Laundry

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2. Space

When you hang your clothes, be sure that there is at least one hand width of space between them. If your clothes are overlapping or if they are touching each other, the moisture is not exposed to the air or sun and it won’t dry. For very thick items, such as towels or jeans, give them two bars on the rack so that even their two sides do not touch. Turn jeans inside out to help dry the pockets.


3. Use Hangers

Putting your nicer clothing, or clothing that tends to wrinkle easily, on a hanger is a great way to dry them and get fewer wrinkles all at once. Hangers are easier to place on rails, on tree branches, any place where your clothes can get some air and sun. When they are finished, you simply move them to the closet. What could be easier?


4. Inside Drying

If you must dry your clothes in the house, move them to the sunniest room possible. Put the rack near a south- or west-facing window. If possible, open the window for some fresh air. Don’t put them inside a room where people sleep or where you spend most of your time, such as the kitchen or the living room. If you like, you can put your clothes in a guest room, for example, and then move them to the warmer kitchen after you go to bed at night.


5. Flip ‘Em

If clothes are taking a bit too long to dry inside, you can try flipping them over. Another trick is to turn them inside out (or right side out if they are already inside out). This can help to expose still damp parts to fresh air. If there is just one small area that is still damp, you can try using a blow dryer to finish drying that one spot. Other people put a fan in the room to help dry clothes. One last trick is to put the clothes near a lamp or other low hanging light. Light bulbs naturally give off heat. It’s not a great deal of heat, but sometimes it’s just enough to finish the job.


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One last tip: if you live in an area that has high humidity (such as South Florida), you can still dry your clothes indoors by using a room dehumidifier. This will help by not only removing moisture from the air so that your clothes can dry, but so you can breathe easier as well.

Happy clothes drying, friends!


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