‘Quick’ way to dry laundry without using a tumble dryer

Mrs Hinch uses tumble dryer sheets to clean her blinds

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With energy bills on the rise, many Britons are looking for ways to save pennies where they can. One energy-zapping appliance that could be costing Britons a lot more money to run are tumble dryers. While tumble dryers are the fastest way to dry wet laundry, they can be the most costly appliance to run in a home.

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From October 1, 2022, the average price per kWh of electricity will be 52p due to the rise in energy price cap which was announced by Ofgem.

There are three types of tumble dryers – vented, condenser and heat pump.

Vented machines use more energy but newer models are thought to be more efficient.

A 9kg vented tumble dryer uses approximately costs £2.78 per cycle on average while a condenser dryer costs around £2.70 and a heat pump tumble dryer costs just £1.12 per cycle, according to Ideal Home.

Instead of using tumble dryers, Britons are looking for alternative ways to dry their clothes without adding hundreds per year to their energy bills.

Luckily, fans of cleaning expert Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared a “quick” way to dry washing without a tumble dryer.

The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.

Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.

On one such group, Facebook user Rachel Scattergood posted on one group: “Need some tips please to reduce tumble dryer usage during the autumn and winter months with the impending energy costs rising.

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“We are a family of four adults and generate a lot of washing!

“I have a clothes airer but find it takes a long time to dry clothes and can only fit one load on there at a time.

“We do have a garage (recently moved so first year of having this) so could set something up under cover?

“My current tumble dryer is on its way out but don’t really want to replace unless absolutely necessary. Welcome suggestions please!”

Rachel’s post was inundated with more than 240 comments from Mrs Hinch fans.

The most common suggestion was to put a sheet over a clothes dryer and the radiator to trap the heat inside the clothes horse.

Rachel Fitzsimon replied: “I don’t know if anyone has said this already.

“Put your clothes on the clothes horse and put a king size fitted sheet across your radiator (hook it into the valves at the bottom) and over the whole clothes horse.

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“If you’ve got the heating on anyway, the clothes dry in a couple of hours.”

Jeni Comeau said: “Put a sheet over the clothes horse and drape the other end over the radiator so it traps the heat inside the clothes horse. Helps dry faster.”

Deanna Forshaw commented: “I do this too, fitted sheet over the corners of radiator and tuck right under the airer – dries in no time.”

Pamela Seale suggested: “Put a cover over your clothes dryer, they dry real quick like a fitted sheet then put either end over the radiator.”

For those looking to purchase a clothes dryer, they can be bought online for less than £20.

White Deluxe 3 Tier Airer costs £12 from Dunelm.

Argos Home 14m 3 Tier Indoor Clothes Airer is £17.60 from Argos.

Wilko Deluxe Clothes Airer 14m costs £15 from Wilko.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using a dehumidifier, using an extra spin cycle in the washing machine, drying clothes in a greenhouse and using a heated airer.

Ingrid Pearson said: “Apparently using a dehumidifier in the room with your airers is cheaper and is effective at preventing condensation.”

Joanne Lindsey replied: “Dehumidifier is the way to go. Hang clothes on door frames (unused pull up bars are fab for this) and put clothes on airer but not too close together and switch on humidifier.”

Gemma Mawet wrote: “Extra spin. Hang not too close together and allow air flow.

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“I move my clothes horses inside and out depending on temperature/rain/wind. At night they go under the heater vent in the living room.”

Claire Curtis commented: “All the bigger items I put on hangers and hang on curtain rails in our bedroom the radiators below and window always open, I’ve done this for years and works well for us.”

Stephanie O’Neill replied: “I put a clothes line in my greenhouse last winter, brilliant for drying towels, both doors open with air flow.”

Lizzie Arnold-wright said: “A heated airer is cheaper to use than a tumble dryer!”

Caroline Teunissen-Wilcox suggested: “Heated clothes dryer – Lakeland. Get the cover as well. It’s a game changer.”

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