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Eco-doctor: How to dry your clothes when it’s raining

AS the grey, rainy weather is forecast to continue throughout the UK for the rest of June, a dilemma for UK households is how and where to dry your clothes when you aren’t able to do so outside.

Fear not, Nigel Berman, MD of eco online retailer ‘Nigel’s Eco Store’ has come to the rescue and compiled a list of eight efficient ways to dry your clothes saving energy and money whilst it’s raining.

Nigel's Eco Store MD Nigel Berman says: “Where to dry clothes when it's raining outside is a dilemma for 55% of UK households who don't own a tumble dryer, and for those that do, it's expensive to use it all the time.

“Finding resourceful ways to dry your clothes will use less energy, save money and get your clothes dryer faster.”

Here's why:

  • Householders don't want to put the heating on just to dry clothes: it's June, and it's expensive to heat the whole house just for clothes.
  • Although 45% of us own one, tumble dryers are one of the most energy hungry appliances in the home* , using about 4 times as much energy as a washing machine
  • When the air is damp, clothes can take ages to dry on indoor clothes drying racks, or if hung over radiators and doors, and if they take too long to dry, they smell.

Here are 8 ways to dry your clothes:

  1.  Use a fan to move the air around a clothes drying rack – clothes can dry in as little as a few hours instead of a few days
  2.  A dehumidifier near the clothes rack helps. A dehumidifier uses electrical power to drive its compressor but it'll use less energy than heating devices. Dehumidifers use about 750watts on average, which costs about 36p for 4 hours.
  3.  An extra spin cycle on your washing machine can reduce drying time considerably by squeezing out an extra few drops of water from your washing
  4.  Put your clothes drying rack outside - if it rains you just have to get that inside sharp-ish rather than lots of un-pegging from a washing line!
  5.  Thermostatic valves on radiators can isolate most of the central heating system leaving just the needed radiator.
  6.  Invest in a low energy tumble dryer – and make sure it has an automatic drying sensor function so it doesn't over-dry clothes, but switches off when it senses the moisture level is low.
  7.  Invest in a Sheila Maid clothes drying rack. They can carry 8kg of laundry, hoisted out of the way by the ceiling and clothes dry faster on one because they're in the warmest part of the room, even when the heating's not on (because warm air rises). They've been part of British households for over 100 years, and are a great alternative to a tumble dryer, or drying clothes on radiators or floor level drying racks.
  8.  45% of households own a tumble dryer, if you do use one, use Dry Cubes – they'll save up to 30% on drying time and cost by distributing the heat better in the dryer.

Nigel's Eco Store is an award-winning online retailer of environmentally friendly products that can help everyone reduce their carbon footprint, conserve resources and save money. The store carries home furnishings, kitchenware, gadgets, office products, kids' toys and energy saving devices.

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