Do away with your tumble drier

Don’t imagine a tumble drier is a necessity – I’ve never owned one. They take up a lot of space and are heavy on electricity. Here’s my quick guide to drier-free drying…

A long outdoor washing line is best, but if you’re short of space a rotary line is fine (though clothes on the inside take longer to dry).

Run a damp cloth over the line before using.

Strong sun will fade bright colours, so dry away from direct sun.

When drying inside, ensure the room is well ventilated otherwise you’ll end up with mould and damp problems.

A clothes airer is better than radiators (though rails that hook over radiators are good). Avoid untreated wood – it can stain wet washing.

Don’t fold items or overstuff the rack as clothes will take longer to dry and can get smelly.

An old-fashioned dolly airer (hanging from ceiling) is very good, but needs to be in a room away from the kitchen, otherwise the washing will take on cooking smells.

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