Tumble dry your clothes faster

When summer’s hot weather becomes a distant memory, and the rain starts to fall, our tumble dryers will be getting a bit of a workout. Here’s how to speed up the drying process.

March 24, 2022

Before you start drying, make sure you get as much moisture out of your load of washing as possible. The spin cycle on your washing machine is there for a reason, so use it; if you put it on the highest spin speed, there will be less moisture for your tumble dryer to remove.

  • Check the lint filter and clean it if necessary – this will open up the air flow.
  • Dry similar items together, such as cotton t-shirts or pairs of jeans. Don’t mix thick, bulky items with thinner, delicate ones.  
  • Throw a dry towel in with your load. It will absorb some of the moisture and speed up drying. If you’re only drying a couple of things, take the towel out of the dryer after around five minutes. If it's a full load, leave the towel in there for around 15 minutes. The towel should only feel a bit damp when you pull it out, and you can just hang it up to air dry.
  • Dry smaller loads - then there will be more room for the warm/hot air to circulate.  
  • Throw in a couple of (clean) tennis balls. These will help to create gaps in between your clothes as the dryer tumbles, preventing them from bunching up, and allowing more hot air to circulate for faster drying.  
  • Don’t add wet clothes mid-cycle – the moisture in the wet clothes will be sucked up by the dry clothes, which means the whole load will take longer to dry.
  • If you’ve got a lot of laundry to dry, dry each load immediately after the other. This way, it will benefit from the residual heat of the previous load.  

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