3 ways to dry your clothes quickly

3 ways to dry your clothes quickly
3 ways to dry your clothes quickly

When you have wet clothes, you need to dry them. The goal is to quickly remove all water from the fabric by any means: heat, spin, air circulation or pressure. Try putting a clean, dry towel in a basic clothes dryer so that the water is absorbed faster. Try ironing each item of clothing or drying it with a hairdryer so that the water vaporizes under the heat. Before drying the clothes, select a program with a high number of revolutions per minute on the washing machine and then wring the items to remove excess water to speed up drying.


Method 1 of 3: Remove the water by spinning

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Step 1. Select a quick spin program

If you use a washing machine, you can prepare your clothes so that they dry faster. Select a spin with a high number of revolutions per minute to remove as much water as possible from the laundry before it is even taken out of the machine. According to organizations specializing in energy conservation, the additional energy consumed by this type of program is negligible compared to that consumed by a basic dryer.

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Step 2. Wring out your clothes to dry them faster

Hold a piece of clothing firmly with both hands. Twist and squeeze the item to get as much water out as possible. Be careful not to pull too hard, as you may stretch the fabric. If you are inside, wring out the laundry in a bowl or sink. If you are outside, you can drop the water directly on the floor.

Whether you plan to dry your clothes in a tumble dryer or on a clothesline, wring them out before drying them. The more water you can remove before starting the drying process, the faster the laundry will dry

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Step 3. Wrap the clothes in a towel to absorb the water

Lay out a large, thick towel and put a wet item of clothing on it. Wrap the towel tightly with the garment inside. Twist the roll. Start at one end and work your way up and down the towel evenly, until it is fully twisted. In this way, the excess water will be transferred from the garment to the towel.

If you can't get all the water out on the first try with this method, try repeating the process using a dry towel

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Step 4. Try using a salad spinner

If you have a salad spinner, put your wet clothes inside. This object will allow you to do a quick predrying, like an ecological version of a spin in a washing machine: the centrifugal force will make the water come out of your clothes. These will still have to be left to dry afterwards, but the spinning should considerably reduce the drying time, because your clothes will contain much less water.

Method 2 of 3: Dry clothes without a dryer

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Step 1. Use a hair dryer

If you have a hand held hair dryer, you can use it to apply quick and intensive drying to your laundry. First, wring out a wet garment and place it on a clean, dry surface. Turn on the hair dryer and select a medium or high temperature. Air circulation is more important than heat. Hold the device close to your clothing and dry one area at a time with short bursts of hot air. Gradually dry the entire surface of the garment on the front, back, right side and back until completely dry.

  • Rotate the garment frequently to dry the sleeves, pockets and collars. Dry these parts from the outside and the inside to make sure you dry them well.
  • Be careful not to aim at the same point for too long with the hair dryer. Some clothing and surfaces can catch fire if they get too hot.
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Step 2. Use a clothesline or a clothes dryer

If possible, hang your clothes on a clothesline. You can also do this on a clothes horse. Usually, drying is faster on a washing line, but this is not always practical. Be sure to hang out each item separately so that it has enough room and air to dry quickly. Occasionally, turn and spin the clothes so that they dry evenly.

  • Try to install the clothesline or dryer near a heat source. Hang out your laundry about 1 m from a wood stove, radiator or boiler. When placing flammable materials near a heat source, be very careful: if you allow the clothes to get too hot or cover the heat source with them, they may catch fire. Do not hang out your laundry over a heat source.
  • Try hanging out the laundry somewhere where air is flowing quickly (anywhere where there is a draft). If it's windy, hang out your clothes near a window (or outside). You can also turn on a fan to circulate the air inside.
  • If you are using a dryer with individual bars, try spreading items that need to dry quickly on two bars rather than just one. The larger the area exposed to the air, the faster the garment will dry.
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Step 3. Use a towel and an iron

Lay a wet item of clothing on an ironing board, as if you were going to iron it, but lay a thin towel over it. Select a high temperature on the iron and iron the towel firmly and thoroughly. Remember to turn the garment over so that both sides are ironed. The towel and iron combination allows heat to pass through the garment and the towel absorbs some of the water.

Never place a hot iron directly on wet clothing. You may stretch and damage the fabric and you will no longer be able to wear the garment. If you iron wet clothes, always protect them with a towel

Method 3 of 3: Use a clothes dryer and towels

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Step 1. Dry wet clothes with a few clean, dry towels

These will absorb some of the water in the clothes, which can speed up the drying of all the laundry. You can use between one and five towels. In general, the more towels you use, the faster the laundry dries. Note that this method is especially effective for drying one or two items quickly. The more wet laundry you put in the dryer, the less effective the towels will be and the longer it will take for clothes to dry.

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Step 2. Put an item of clothing in the dryer along with the bath towels

Do not add any other item. At most, put two or three wet clothes in the machine, but nothing too heavy. Be aware that towels are often very linty, so lint may get on your clothes.

If you don't want lint, you can substitute towels for cotton T-shirts (but they will be less absorbent than towels). Adding fabric softener sheets can reduce the risk of towel lint collecting on your clothes

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Step 3. Clean the lint filter

When lint builds up, it can prevent air from flowing properly through the dryer. Therefore, it has to run longer and consume more energy to dry your clothes. Depending on the model of dryer you have, the lint filter may be on top of the machine or just inside the door. Locate the filter and remove it. If it's covered with a layer of lint, it's already clogged enough. Remove the lint by pulling on it or by scraping the filter with your fingernails.

  • You can remove lint deposits quickly and efficiently with a vacuum cleaner. Do this to finish the job once you've already removed most of the deposit. Don't worry if you can't completely clean the filter. As long as most of it is clear, the dryer will be efficient.
  • Once you are happy with cleaning the lint filter, simply put it back. Make sure it is fully seated. You can now dry your laundry.
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Step 4. Dry the clothes

Put wet clothes and dry towels in the dryer, making sure the dryer is not overloaded. Turn it on by selecting the highest temperature to which you can expose the garment you are safely drying. This will vary depending on the machine, but in general a fairly low temperature should be used for fragile and thin items. Turn on the dryer and do whatever else you need to do to get ready.

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Step 5. Wait fifteen minutes or as long as possible

Open the dryer and separate your clothes from the towels. They should be practically dry. If not, put them back in the dryer and run it for a few more minutes. Be patient. Depending on your dryer, you may have to wait about five more minutes.

If the cycle takes more than twenty minutes, remove the dry towel (which may not be very dry anymore). At this point, the damp towel may slow down drying


  • Make sure the lint filter is empty. Since you mostly load the dryer with dry items, there is a high risk that the lint will catch on fire from static electricity.
  • Use towels that you don't need right away, as depending on your dryer or clothes, you may need to wash the towels afterwards.
  • The dryer uses a lot of energy so instead of using it, plan ahead and dry your clothes ahead of time.

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