Rainy day laundry tips

Tips on how to dry clothes on a rainy day

Five useful ideas on how to dry clothes and make sure your washing gets done and looks fresh even when the weather stops you getting outside.


1. Prioritise

You can only do as many washes as your drying racks will accommodate so when the weather is less reliable, remind the whole family to think twice before throwing a barely worn item in the laundry.

TIP In winter put an extra laundry basket in the bathroom where those super urgent clothes go – that smart shirt for a meeting or PE kit needed for school. This way you can make sure essential washes get done.

2. Prep clothes to save time

Before the wash goes in, do up zips and unravel scrunched up sleeves and trouser legs – you’ll find this reduces how tangled everything is at the end of the wash and it means you spend less time loading up the clothes horse.

TIP As you hang up each item, hold it in both hands and give it one good flick to reduce wrinkles. In many cases this can cut out the need for any ironing at all.

3. Get outdoor freshness indoors

There’s no need to miss out on the benefits of drying your clothes on a garden line just because it’s raining – instead, when you’ve got to dry your clothes inside, enjoy lasting scents. by using Bold 2in1. One dose of Bold 2in1 Liquid gives you freshness that lasts longer than two doses of the best selling bio detergent*, and, with detergent and fabric softener in one bottle, it cleans and conditions in the same wash.

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TIP Bold 2in1 comes in a range of scents so pick one that suits your taste.

4. Tumble dry wisely

Dryers use a lot of power; regular use through a year can amount to as much as half your total electricity consumption. If you must use a dryer, fill it to the maximum capacity the manual recommends – overload it and it won’t dry, underfill it and there’s less contents to tumble against each other so it takes longer to dry.

TIP Add a small, clean colourfast towel to the dryer when drying heavy, wet items, as this will help absorb some of their water and the job will be done more quickly.

5. Hanging to dry indoors

Avoid the temptation to put damp clothes directly onto radiators as this causes excessive moisture, which can increase the risk of mould spores and dust mite growth and consequently be bad for asthma and allergy sufferers. Instead, put clothes on proper dryers and have the windows open for ventilation.

TIP Leave space between items – overloading a clothes horse means clothes take much longer to dry.

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"Bold certainly delivers in terms of freshness. The scent was really lovely and lasted for a good few days." - Claire Coates

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We never use a tumble dryer as they use vast amounts of electricity. Find items that will dry swiftly and dry them first so there is room to leave other items drying on racks overnight. If you have put the washing machine at max spin speed it will help.

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Jkerr69

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I never knew that it was bad for asthma putting clothes on the radiator good to know as my grandson suffers from this

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Jean

Jean

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If you tumble dry your towels for a little while before you hang them to dry it lifts the pile of the fabric and drys them twice as quickly. X

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Tom

Tom

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Garages have a through draught if a rear door is ajar or an airbrick is in the end wall. Put a clothes line across the inside above the roof of a car and hang your washing in there. Buy a collapsible 'wire' clothes horse. There is often room for one. If no rear door, an airbrick and draught from around the sides of the main door will create enough air movement for drying everything in there. Air movement is also good for your car.

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Joanne65

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Love Bold. Smells great cleans great.An all round winner

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