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Winter: drying washing indoors

Without a tumble dryer, a clothes horse has to be set up indoors in the winter. From air humidity to the right location – we have the most essential tips for you! 

Important: air humidity and temperature

For damp washing, the ideal climate is the one that bothers us most indoors in the winter: dry, centrally heated air. Our room climate and thus also our health can even benefit from drying washing indoors during the colder months of the year. Read all about the link between centrally heated air and the flu season in our article Fit through the flu season: effectively preventing infections. 

The healthy middle ground is important for achieving the right room climate. On the one hand, the dry, centrally heated air absorbs an especially large amount of moisture. However, this only works to a certain extent. At some point, the air will get so humid that it can no longer absorb any more. When it reaches cooler surfaces such as exterior walls and windows, the water condensates and provides a breeding ground for mould. 

To ensure that your washing dries well and your home still remains mould-free, it is essential to pay attention to the room climate. This works best using a so-called hygrometer, which measures the humidity in the room – ideally, it should be between 40 and 60 per cent.  

If this value is exceeded, you should definitely air the room. In order to make sure that the room temperature doesn’t drop too much, you should avoid airing the room over a long period of time with the windows tilted. The best approach is short, intense ventilation with the window wide open or cross ventilation, enabling the fresh air to flow through the entire room – a few minutes is all it takes.

Trickier than you think: the right location

When setting up a clothes horse or attaching a washing line, it is of course important to make sure that the washing isn’t in the way while it is drying. Your daily routine should not be disrupted and the view should also not disturb that cosy winter feeling within your own four walls. 

Many people therefore opt for the bedroom that is rarely used. Unfortunately, however, this is a very poor choice: for one thing, more humidity tends to accumulate here during the night while you are asleep than in other rooms, but the room is also generally heated less. 

A heated, warm room with dry ambient air is ideal for drying. The perfect location is therefore somewhere close to the central heating or fireplace. However, these are places where we prefer to relax in the winter rather than have to look at the washing. Compact clothes horses or special radiator airers can be helpful here. 

Anyone who has a special drying or utility room in their home has found the perfect place for their washing. The boiler room in the basement or the attic are also ideal, and the bathroom can also be used if there is enough space. A good room temperature is important, along with a window for airing and a door that prevents the humidity from spreading to other rooms.

Laundry rack with linenSebastian Gorczowski

Hanging it right is half the battle

An important tip for drying washing starts with the actual washing process: if you spin your washing at a higher speed, it will be drier when you remove it from the machine. Most items can be spun at 1,200 rpm, although you should be careful with delicate textiles such as wool, silk or functional clothing.  

To ensure that your washing dries quickly, it then helps if you hang it flat and upright on the clothes horse or line. There should generally be as few double-layered places as possible and there should be sufficient space between the items of clothing. This will allow the air to circulate and better absorb the humidity produced by the washing. 

Tip: If you need to dry everything quickly, a ventilator may help you. Positioned laterally to the hung washing, it creates a greater flow of air and therefore dries the washing more quickly – but of course it also consumes a little more electricity than would otherwise be the case. 

By the way, if the weather is dry, your washing will also dry nicely outside, even in cold temperatures. It goes without saying that sunny weather with a little wind is ideal. But even if your washing is freezing in minus temperatures, it can still dry at the same time. It may sound paradoxical, but it works because the water turns directly from ice into steam in cold, dry air. Just make sure that the washing isn’t brought indoors too prematurely: if it is not completely dry, it can get damaged more easily in a frozen state. What’s more, it ultimately takes longer to dry, because the water firstly has to melt and then vaporise.

Too complicated? Persil Service will take care of it

If you prefer to save precious time and space in your home in the winter, simply use Persil Service. Even the bulkiest of laundry – such as bed linen and curtains – will be returned to you perfectly clean and ready to put away in the wardrobe thanks to Persil Service. Find out more at www.persil-service.de 

You can also find all the latest news and offers at a glance in the Persil Service app – both convenient and mobile. Now available to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.