How does air help dry clothes

Drying laundry in autumn & winter: it's that easy!

In summer everything is very simple: If you hang your freshly washed laundry on the clothesline in the garden or a drying rack on the balcony, you can expect it to be dry within a few hours. This is often not an option in autumn and winter. If it storms, rains or snows, the laundry has to hang inside for better or for worse.

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It is better to hang laundry outside to dry

Simply hanging up the laundry in the apartment should always be the last resort. Sure, some households have neither a balcony, let alone a garden, nor a drying cellar or attic. In that case you have no other choice.

The problem: The fresh laundry is damp; this moisture is released into the ambient air when it is dried. The increased humidity can contribute to mold on the walls. For this reason, the myth persists that the landlord can prohibit the tenant from drying clothes in the living space.

That's not true. Even if there is a drying cellar or an attic equipped with clotheslines, the landlord cannot order you to hang your laundry there. And yet it is tried again and again. Clauses in rental contracts that forbid you to hang up your damp laundry inside are, however, invalid.

Nevertheless, you should be careful - especially if your apartment is prone to high humidity and mold growth anyway. Because if you can prove that the damp laundry contributed to the damage caused by the mold, you too can be held responsible and have to pay part of the costs.

Dry your laundry outside even in frosty weather

You are also doing yourself a disservice in winter by hanging the laundry in the bedroom or living room. Because the moisture escaping into the ambient air creates evaporative cooling. This effect, which is all too welcome on hot summer days, is mostly undesirable in winter - even if it is rather small and only lasts for a short time. And where the room temperature drops, reaching for the heating controller is not far. You can better save these energy costs.

If the weather allows it, i.e. it is dry, it is advisable to hang the laundry outside despite the low temperatures. The laundry dries even in freezing temperatures - and not in spite of, but precisely because of the frost!

The water in the textiles first freezes and then evaporates into the air. This physical process, in which a substance changes from a solid aggregate state directly to a gaseous one, is called sublimation. This frost drying is intended to ensure that the laundry is even particularly soft afterwards. But you shouldn't bring the laundry in if it's still frozen - because then it will get wet again.

If the weather forces the laundry into the apartment or if you have to hang it indoors for any other reason, we have a few tips so that it dries quickly and prevents mold in the apartment:

1. Spin thoroughly

Select the highest possible spin speed so that the laundry loses as much water as possible in the washing machine. Of course, you should pay attention to which textiles can tolerate how much. Delicate laundry should be spun with just a few rotations per minute, if at all. Otherwise you could damage the fabric.

2. Hang laundry in a large room

The moisture is distributed better over a large area than in a small area. It is therefore best to choose the largest room in which to set up the clothes horse.

3. Dry air helps with drying

Dry ambient air ensures that the laundry also dries faster because it is able to absorb more and faster moisture. In concrete terms, this means: You shouldn't hang up your laundry in rooms with lots of plants. They ensure that the air humidity is higher. This is healthy for you and your mucous membranes, but less beneficial for quick-drying laundry.

4. Ventilate the room well

If the laundry cannot stand in the fresh air, let in as much fresh air as possible. It is best to provide a draft and open several windows at the same time.

5. Hang the laundry far enough apart

The damp laundry should not hang too tightly, otherwise it will stay clammy forever. In the worst case, bacteria can even build up in the textiles and the clothes or towels start to smell. There should be at least two centimeters of space between the items of laundry.

By the way: Many people generally advise against the tumble dryer. The devices use a lot of electricity and are not particularly environmentally friendly. The decision about purchasing a tumble dryer is of course up to you.