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How to Dry Your Clothes Fast Without a Dryer: 7 Methods


Whether your dryer is broken or you simply don’t want the technology in your home, it’s important to know how to dry your clothes fast without a dryer. Although you might think that the only option available is to dry the clothes on a line, there are many other options to consider.

Here are seven methods to dry your clothes fast without a dryer. You should select a method depending on the article of clothing you want to dry and how fast it needs to be dried. Take a look.

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The 7 Methods to Dry Your Clothes Fast Without a Dryer

1. Air Dry on a Line

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The classic way to dry your clothes fast without a dryer is to air dry them on a hang line. Have a clothesline outside and purchase some clips. On a bright, sunny, and windy day, clip the clothes on the line.

Air drying on the line may not be the fastest method, but it is natural and pretty fast on a good day. It also makes your clothes feel super warm and flexible, which is never a bad thing.

2. Place Items Near Heat Source

If it is cold or wet outside, you can still air dry your clothes quickly and safely. Hang the clothes up next to a heat source so they dry faster. For example, you can hang the clothes next to a fireplace, heater, or vent. The extra airflow and heat will dry the clothes faster.

Make sure to be careful when using this method. Any time you place fabric next to a heat source, you run the risk of catching your house on fire. So, only use this method if you are in the room and watching the situation carefully.

3. Spin Dry in Washing Machine

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If you have a washing machine but not a dryer, you can spin-dry clothes in the washing machine.

First, take the clothes out of the washing machine after they have been washed. Try to wring them dry as much as possible. Removing as much moisture as you can makes this method more effective. Then, place your clothes in the washing machine and put it on the spin setting.

With this method, it’s best to put in only a little bit of clothes at a time. The more items are in the washing machine, the longer it will take. So, put in small loads to dry the clothes with this method.

4. Try a Hair Dryer

If you need one article of clothing dried stat, try to use a hair dryer. The hair dryer essentially works like a clothes dryer. This method is not effective for drying all your clothes since hair dryers only put out a little bit of heated air at a time.

However, this option will work like a charm if you need to dry just one article of clothing that you forgot to put in the dryer.

5. Use the Oven for Small Items

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Another great technique if you need to dry small articles of clothing is using your oven. Believe it or not, you can actually place small articles of clothing in your oven to dry them up quickly. This method is best for underwear, socks, and other small pieces of clothing.

Preheat the oven to 100°F. Ring out the clothes as best as possible to remove excess water. Then, place your small items on a baking sheet. It will take about an hour for the clothes to dry.

Make sure to keep a close eye on the clothing with this method. This method can be dangerous if you allow the clothes to sit in the oven for an extended amount of time.

6. Roll Wet Clothes in a Dry Towel

One method you probably have not heard of is this rolling towel method. With this method, roll up your wet clothes in a dry towel. Then, wring the towel out as much as possible. The wringing motion will push the excess water out, whereas the dry towel will absorb moisture.

On its own, this method will not completely dry your clothes, but it is a great tool to use with other methods. For example, try this step out before air drying your clothes or drying your clothes with a hair dryer. It will make the drying process go so much faster since excess moisture is already removed.

7. Iron with a Towel

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Similar to the method above, you can lay your wet clothes on an ironing board and place a towel over the clothes. Then, use an iron over the towel. With this method, the towel absorbs excess moisture, and the heat enhances evaporation. This method is best used when paired with another drying method for maximum dryness.

Make sure never to use a hot iron directly on wet clothes, though. The heat from the iron could damage the fabric. That’s why it’s essential to place a towel down over the wet fabric first.

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How Can I Dry My Clothes Faster Naturally?

Drying out clothes naturally is normally a long process. If you need to speed up the process, make sure to wring out as much excess water as possible before the drying begins. Use the towel or iron and towel methods above to get the article of clothing as dry as possible from the beginning.

How Do You Dry Clothes in 15 Minutes?

The best way to dry clothes quickly is to simply use a dryer machine. To make the process go even faster within the machine, toss in a fully dry towel. The towel will absorb some of the moisture from the other clothes, allowing the load to dry faster. For a small load, remove the towel after 5 minutes. Leave it in for 15 minutes for large loads.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to dry clothes in 15 minutes without a dryer. You can possibly do it for small garments using a hair dryer, especially if you wring out the excess moisture beforehand.

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Instead of dealing with slightly damp clothes, make sure your clothes are completely dried, even without a dryer. Use the seven methods above to dry your clothes quickly and efficiently without the use of a modern appliance.

For best results, wring out the excess moisture using a towel or iron and towel. Then, select one of the other methods to dry the clothing the rest of the way.

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