Leaving wet laundry in the house for several days tends to take on an unpleasant smell of mold, difficult to eliminate and often requires to be washed again. With a few suggestions you can remedy these problems and quickly dry your clothes even in the winter seasons. To dry your clothes at home and not make them smell like mould, use one of the following ways or combine them to get the best results.
1. Put laundry in a ventilated room
Hang your clothes on a drying rack and place it in a room with the windows open. If the wind is freezing, they will be dry within a few hours. This can be achieved by placing your laundry on a covered area of a balcony or terrace. If the latter have a fairly large roof, instead of the drying rack, install wires where you can lay the laundry that will ventilate more freely and dry first without taking on unpleasant odors of moisture. There are plastic sheets on the market with which you can cover the clothes rack and keep them outside in sheltered areas and at the same time protect them from any rains.
2. Use the fan heater
Air is essential to achieve optimal drying with garments that smell like laundry. In the absence of places where the clothes can be ventilated, a fan or, even better, a fan heater can be used. The latter is nothing more than a ventilated electric heater, of which there are models of different sizes and power, which emit hot and cold air and are designed to quickly heat small and humid rooms. Place the drying rack next to the appliance to dry the linen within a few hours without compromising its clean smell. The only drawback is that the fan heaters are noisy, so it is better not to operate them at night.
3. Place the clothes rack next to the dehumidifier
The damp smell that characterizes dry clothes at home or indoors is caused by the stagnation of water in the fibres. In order to solve this problem, a good idea is to place the wet clothes rack in front of a dehumidifier, which will absorb the humidity and facilitate drying, without compromising the freshness of the laundry. These appliances are also used to cool damp environments, are able to capture the water vapor in the room and convey it to a tank, improving the quality of the environment and preventing the formation of condensation and consequently mold and mites.
4. Centrifuge the laundry twice
Speeds up the drying of tablecloths, sheets, towels, bathrobes, clothing and clothing made of durable fabrics such as jeans, with a double centrifuge. Once the washing cycle of the garments has been completed, it activates the centrifuge again at full speed, so that they are well wrung out and can take less time to return dry. Of course, do not use the double centrifuge in the case of delicate clothes and linen, for which only one centrifuge is sufficient to deprive them of water.
5. Place the clothesline next to a heater or other heat source.
One way to evaporate laundry moisture is to put it next to a heat source. Placing the drying rack next to the radiator or a burning oven helps to dry the clothes without bad smells. This can also be achieved by placing the cloths in front of a fireplace or the latest generation of fireplaces. Small clothes can be placed on the heater, a method that is not very ecological and that involves a greater dispersion of energy and heat.
6. Use rice to absorb moisture
In the absence of heat sources, ventilated rooms and appliances that can help you dry your laundry, fill bags with rice and distribute them in the room where you put the drying rack. The cereal rich in starch will help to absorb moisture and prevent the formation of the smell of mold on clothing. Rice has always been used by grandmothers as a natural remedy to remove moisture from clothes in closets.
Tips for speeding up laundry drying
To facilitate the drying operations it is important to follow some instructions. Avoid placing your clothes close to each other, as this way they will receive more air and will not be affected by the humidity of other cloths. Hang up shirts and meshes to a crutch so that the water is lost more quickly. Moreover, before spreading the thicker cloths it is better to turn them over from the inside, as for example in the case of jeans, repeating the operation once that side becomes dry. In the case of small garments and thin fabrics, you can use a hair dryer to dry them quickly.