Is Indoor Drying A Dampener On Your Favourite Fashion?

Regular laundry is a staple part of maintaining a decent wardrobe, but is indoor drying a dampener on your favourite fashion

How else can you ensure your favourite fashion picks are ready to go whenever the mood takes you?

Nothing’s worse than not being able to wear your favourite jumper because it’s at the bottom of the laundry basket

Of course, when you live in a rain-filled country, drying laundry isn’t always easy. If you risk hanging everything outside, there’s a chance the heavens will open and send you back to square one. And, you STILL won’t get to wear that desired dress. Instead, then, many of us opt for drying inside. In theory, we know this isn’t a good idea. But, still, isn’t it better to wear what you want when you want to?


That’s a matter of opinion, of course. But, to help sway you away from indoor drying, we’re going to take a closer look at the damage it can do

To Your Health

Wet laundry releases mould spores. You don’t need a degree to see that this could pose some health risks. But, you may not realise quite how severe this issue is. Research conducted by Glasgow’s Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit last year revealed 30% of damp in the home comes from indoor drying

This increased damp level can spell trouble for asthma, as well as putting us all at risk of lung infections. As if that weren’t worrying enough, mould isn’t the only indoor drying dilemma. The majority of fabric softeners also create acetaldehyde as they dry. This carcinogenic substance can do real damage, and drying inside sends it straight to your lungs

To Your Home

If health alone isn’t enough, consider that indoor drying can also cause real issues for your home. In fact, if you get into the habit of his, you’ll be calling a company like Damp Cured to solve your damp woes in no time

Mould spores are bad news for everything from plaster to brick work. Left unchecked, they could cause severe issues to the structure of your home. And, let’s be honest; damp patches don’t exactly suit your stylish decor

To Your Clothes


Is indoor drying a dampener on your favourite fashion? Well if that still isn’t enough to convince you, consider that this could do damage to your wardrobe. In an already damp home, it isn’t unusual for clothes to take up to three days to dry

During that time, you leave a window for mould to collect. And, if it does, it can harm both colour and material. So, if you want your clothes to keep their quality, indoor drying is never the best idea


Of course, some people have no choice but to dry indoors. Apartment living doesn’t always provide outdoor space. In this instance, make sure to keep windows open during drying, and place your clothes near an open window

If you do have the choice of outdoor hanging, though, you should always take it. Even during winter, preplanning laundry days ensures you beat the rain and get things dry in no time

*this is a collaborative post

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  1. Amy simpson
    15/10/2018 / 18:26

    Thanks for these helpful tips x

  2. lynn savage
    15/10/2018 / 18:50

    As a person who lives in a flat it’s difficult to dry outside and i have to use my rack indoors, i was getting a bit of a mold problem but my landlord has bought me a good dehumidifyer and it has done wonders for the mold, it’s gone. I didn’t realise about the chemicals that came off the conditioner though.

  3. bev
    16/10/2018 / 09:20

    Great read – I did know about the conditioner and avoid it unless really, really necessary for a precious woolen jumper. I tend to hang things in the bathroom in bad weather – with the window open and the extractor going, it doesn’t seem too bad.

  4. brenda heads
    30/10/2018 / 22:11

    Some good advice I do have trouble with mould

  5. Louise Reeks
    10/11/2018 / 15:12

    been without tumble dryer for few weeks and drying clothes was a nightmare

  6. A S,Edinburgh
    11/11/2018 / 22:46

    Seconding Lynn’s mention of a dehumidifier; it’s almost impossible to dry clothes properly inside without one, and as you say, many people have no choice but to try. They’re worth the investment, in my experience.

  7. Fiona jk42
    29/11/2018 / 18:54

    I’m lucky enough to have a utility room, where I have one of those ceiling drying racks. I like to open the window in that room to help prevent damp, and to speed up the drying of clothes. I usually find if I hang them up in the morning, they are dry by evening.

  8. Chloe Taylor
    02/03/2019 / 18:50

    My sister lived in student accomodation and had to dry indoors – would often leave an unpleasant smell on the clothes. Luckily we have a tumble dryer for when the bad weather hits. Thanks for the helpfu l tips. x

  9. Kathleen marsden
    11/03/2019 / 14:23

    This post is really interesting and from now on I will stop hanging my washing on the radiator

  10. 29/02/2020 / 09:38

    Thanks for sharing,

    it’s very informative for me.

    I also find some relevant Fashion stuff here.

    House of Faiza


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