Laundry Dries In Record Time During Winter with This Grandma's Secret

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.11 - 2024 10:25 PM CET

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Are you tired of your laundry taking days to dry and smelling of dampness? That's soon to be a thing of the past with this grandmother's trick.

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Every autumn, it's always the same problem: laundry takes days to dry, and soon, our homes are cluttered with drying racks. Welcome to the world of humidity and condensation in apartments and houses, mold issues, and the challenge of getting rid of that lingering damp laundry smell! But what do you do if you don't have a dryer or if you're looking to cut down on energy expenses?

The answer: don't change your routine.

Do as your grandmothers and great-grandmothers did and hang your laundry outside to dry, summer and winter alike. This simple practice can solve many problems and even help reduce your heating bill. We can trust our ancestors; they knew a thing or two about laundry and maintenance. So, it's time to apply this valuable advice that will make you love the frigid cold of winter.

Hang it outside

How does it work?

If you hang your sheets, towels, and clothes outside when temperatures drop below freezing, the water in your laundry will freeze and lose 90% of its moisture due to a chemical phenomenon called sublimation. This means that the water transitions from a liquid to a solid state, then to a gas, and thus evaporates. As soon as your clothes become hard, it's time to bring your drying rack inside. With almost all its moisture gone, your laundry will dry incredibly quickly. Plus, laundry dried in the open air will have a fresh scent, not a musty or damp one.

If you really have no choice because of rain, or you lack outdoor space to dry your clothes, remember to ventilate the room where your drying rack is placed. Choose a well-ventilated and the coolest room in the house. Be careful not to place it too close to a heater to avoid any fire risk. Also, consider turning your clothes over to speed up the drying process.