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How to Dry Clothes Fast (Top 10 Methods)

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Waking up late for work or trying to get ready for an important event can be fun and a bit stressful. This is especially true when you’re waiting around for your clothes to get finished so you can head out. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use to get things moving. Instead of searching online for tips on how to get a shirt dry fast simply check out these 10 methods to help yourself be on your way in no time.

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Top 10 Methods to Dry Clothes Fast

1. The Dry Towel Hack

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Whether you’ve heard of it or not, the dry towel hack is all the rage when it comes to getting your laundry to dry faster. Simply toss one of your large, dry towels into the dryer alongside your other linens. Turn the dryer on and allow it to run for around 15 minutes to help absorb some of the moisture inside. Take it out after the allotted time to avoid issues with adding moisture to your run. Once you hang the towel up to dry, you can quickly run your clothes for a few more minutes and they should be ready to go.


2. Towel Hack #2

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Yes, we have another towel hack on this list so why not put them together? For this hack, you need a towel, an iron, and an ironing board. Simply lay your wet linen on the board as if you were going to iron it normally. Then, place the dry towel on top and iron on medium to high heat. Flip the garment and repeat on the other side. This nifty trick will help reduce air drying time or the amount of time linens will be in your dryer.


3. Spin Your Clothes

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Many washing machines, especially newer ones, have spin cycle settings. If you’re one of the lucky people with this addition, simply choose the highest spin cycle possible when starting your load of linen. When the run stops, you’ll find that most of the excess water has been spun out of your laundry making things easier to get dry in your machine or on the line.


4. Use the Sun

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Back in the day, people preferred line-dried linens. This is when you put your clothes outside to allow the sun to do the drying for you. Whether you use an outside clothesline or make one inside your house, a little time in the sun can do wonders for your drying time.


5. The Hair Dryer

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When time is a true issue, grabbing your handy hair dryer may help. When trying this method, make sure you rotate your garments so they don’t get overheated. This tip can be especially helpful if you’ve already run your linens through the dryer, but they simply didn’t finish up before you needed them.


6. Use Your Heating

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This tip is especially helpful for those with space heaters in their home. Hang your linens near (but not touching) the space heater and turn the heat on. Simply leave the room and go about your business while your heaters do the work.


7. Choose the Right Room

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Whether you’re attempting the space heater trick or pitching a clothesline in your home, the right room helps your clothes dry. Pick a room with lower humidity and great airflow. This can make your life easier and help your clothes dry faster.


8. Keep the Lint Trap Clean

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Every expert will tell you that your dryer will work better if the lint trap is clean. After each use, simply remove the trap and discard the lint trapped inside. This allows the heat in your dryer to circulate better and results in dry clothes faster.


9. Leave the Door Shut

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When you’re in a hurry, taking a peek inside your dryer is a bit irresistible. Unfortunately, doing this slows down the process. If you want your clothes to dry quicker, leave the door closed and let the machine do its job.


10. No Overloading

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Yes, when the washer gets overloaded, the sounds coming from your machine will let you know there’s an issue. How does your dryer tell you these things? It takes longer to dry your clothes. If you want clothes to dry quickly, avoid overloading. When your dryer is working too hard, more time is required.

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Conclusion

Whether you are using an automatic dryer or coming up with other methods to get your laundry dry, incorporating these tips and tricks can make the process go faster. You can have your fresh laundry ready when you’re trying to get your day started or go out on the town instead of rushing around the house wondering how to dry your jeans fast. No matter what your plans are, you’ll feel fresh in your dry threads and proud of yourself for implementing these methods into your routine.


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