Drying clothes on radiator is ‘worst thing you can do’

Lynsey Queen of Clean shares her laundry tip

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Mrs Hinch is a cleaning influencer with over four million followers on Instagram. She rose to fame after sharing her best cleaning tips and tricks with fans. Now, fans are sharing their own hacks on Facebook pages named in Mrs Hinch’s honour.

On one such Facebook page, with over 100,000 members, one Mrs Hinch fan wanted to know how best to dry her wet clothes without them starting to smell.

Maryam Sidd wrote: “Can anyone give me some advice? I washed a load of clothes and put them out to dry on the radiator, but still, they smell damp.

“It’s the certain few I can’t get the awful smell out of! My washing machine is clean with no sign of mould – what could I be doing wrong?”

The post was inundated with comments in minutes as cleaning enthusiasts had a plethora of tips and tricks to share.

Rhian Harber advised: “There’s too much moisture left in them whilst they’re drying. Try giving them a few extra spins.”

Lydia Irwin agreed. She said: “I’m washing for four kids. At this time of year, spin twice!”

Val Cornwall wrote: “I always find it is dark clothes that tend to smell if not dried quickly. I think a clothes horse is better than using radiators.”

Bernie Brownlow warned against drying clothes on the radiator. They said: “The worst thing you can do is put the washing on radiators it drives your bill up, I’d say put the washing on a maiden next to a radiator.”

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Shell Clarke commented: “I was having this problem lots when I was using the washing pods/capsules/liquids. Since going back to using washing powder, it doesn’t seem to happen. Not sure if it’s just a coincidence or not but I’m sticking with powder now.”

Katherine Evans responded to Shell, saying: “I have found this too, I’ve used the same powder forever and decided to have a change and used pods and liquids and everything was smelling damp, went back to my powder and it hasn’t happened since.”

Shelley McDade wrote: “I have had this but if you can soak them in warm water with bicarb of soda for an hour then wash, you will get rid of the smell. This works particularly well with the armpits area of sports shirts as well.”

Lisa Hodgson recommended using a natural method to get rid of the smell. She said: “Fabric softener eventually causes the smell in some clothes, especially towels, as it allows bacteria to cling to clothes.

“If the clothes are really bad, use a little distilled vinegar on its own in a wash, then wash with your powder and soda bicarbonate and that should get rid of the smell.”

Lin Whitehouse noted: “Drying clothes on radiators also produces condensation and can lead to damp.”

Sue Diane wrote: “I hang my washing up on coat hangers, hang them on the door frames in the kitchen, front room etc, overnight then they have air circulating around them, then air them off on radiators, might help.”[sic]

Vikki Pigott said: “Try an extra spin maybe. If they are on the radiator, there’s no air circulating round the washing to dry them properly leaving the smell.”

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Yvonne Blakey advised: “Try smaller loads on a short wash then you can spread them out on a clothes airer.”

Sophie Harrington said: “They aren’t drying fast enough on the radiator. Buy yourself an electric heated airer, then dry a load overnight and a load in the day, plus keep the room slightly warm!

“I really don’t find it expensive on electric either. Best purchase I ever made – I bought mine over a decade ago and I’ve never looked back.”

Brenda Smalley added: “I’ve had this problem and found by double spinning and getting them outside as soon as possible really helps. I realise that not everyone can dry outside so try dry on a clothes horse in front of a slightly open window.”

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