How Drying Laundry Indoors Can Damage Your Clothes, Home and Health






Keeping on top of the laundry is an essential part of maintaining a decent wardrobe.

How else can you make sure that your favorite fashion pieces are ready to go whenever and wherever the mood takes you? There is nothing worse than not being able to wear your favorite top because it is right at the bottom of the laundry basket




Of course, when you live somewhere where it rains a lot, drying laundry is not always easy. If you try hanging it up outside, there is a chance that the heavens will open, soaking your nice, clean washing and sending you right back to square one and still leaving you without that top. It is little wonder that many of us do the laundry, either at home or at a laundromat such as J & G Laundromat, then opt to dry it all inside.  We know that it is never going to be the best way of doing it, but if it means that you can wear your clothes, that’s a good thing, right? Well, maybe not, if you knew what it could be doing to your clothes, your home, and your health.


What is it doing to your health?


Wet washing releases mold spores, which is very obviously a bad thing when it comes to your health. Research has shown that around 30% of the damp in a home comes from drying laundry indoors. This heightened level of damp can be bad news for anyone who has asthma, as well as putting everyone at an increased risk of lung infections. If that was not bad enough, mold is not the only dilemma that indoor drying produces. Fabric softeners, which many of us use, can create acetaldehyde as they start to dry. This is a carcinogenic (cancer causing) substance, and it can do some real damage.


What is it doing to your home


If the damage it is doing to your health was not bad enough, consider the many issues that drying clothes indoor can do to your home.  Mold spores are terrible news for everything from your plaster down to your brick work, and, left undealt with they can cause some pretty severe problems to the structure of your home. And, let us not even talk about how unsightly damp patches are. You won’t find any interior bloggers putting pictures of damp ridden walls on the ‘gram!


What is it doing to your clothes?


Have we convinced you yet? If we haven’t, think about the damage that it is doing to your wardrobe. In a home that may be damp anyway, it can take up to three days to dry clothes, and that length of time provides the perfect window for mold to grow. If – and when – it does, it will cause harm to both the material and the color.  You might not notice these effects immediately, but it will significantly reduce the lifespan of your clothes. So, if you want your clothes to last and look good, indoor drying is never going to be the most excellent idea.


Of course, for some people, there is no choice but to dry clothes inside. Many apartments do not provide any outdoor space for you to put a washing line up, so in this case, hang your clothes near an open window and keep the window open while they are drying. You may also want to consider using a dryer, although these can be expensive to both purchase and run, and are not brilliant for the environment.


If you do have the opportunity to dry your clothes outside, you should take it. Even in the winter months, if you preplan your laundry days around the dry weather, you can beat the rain and ‘lighten’ the load. Even if it takes most or some of the moisture out of them to finish off indoors, that can make a huge difference. Here are some tips to help you out:


  • Hang your tops shirts by the hemline and not the shoulders. If you hang them by the shoulders, it can lead to them bunching up, which can be really difficult to get out. It helps to keep things in shape as well.


  • Hang skirts from the hem, and make sure that they can blow around in the breeze so that they dry evenly and without losing their natural bounce. It will also stop them from wrinkling.


  • Hang suit trousers or other smart pairs, you should hang them by the cuff at the end of the leg so that they dry with no crease in the leg and completely straight.  It doesn’t matter so much with jeans and shorts.


What are your top tips for getting clothes dry outside?

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