Woman’s hack to dry clothes in just two hours without a tumble dryer is ‘game changing’

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Drying your clothes in cold winter months is a nightmare.

But one woman has come to the rescue with her genius hack for drying wet clothes in just two hours without a tumble dryer.

Alix Byrne had a “eureka moment” after struggling to find ways to quickly dry her laundry in the one-bedroom flat she shares with her partner.

The 24-year-old had covered her clothes horse with the bedsheet and placed it near the radiator – and found it had created a pocket of hot air, drying the clothes underneath, The Mirror reports.

The postwoman said: “It was kind of a eureka moment.”

“I was trying to find where else to hang the bed sheet to dry, apart from over the kitchen door which ends up smelling of whatever you’re cooking.

“I usually keep my clothes frame by the radiator, especially in winter and I just thought ‘why not throw the bedsheet over the frame, tuck the ends behind the radiator and under the stands then the hot air from the radiator will dry my clothes in hours.’

Drying your clothes in cold winter months is a nightmare

“I stay in a small, cosy, one bed flat with my partner and we always have two clothes frames at once as we have busy lifestyles and go through a lot of washings which takes up too much space.

We have a tumble dryer but to be honest, it costs far too much and doesn’t really leave your clothes smelling the best.

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“I think the reason this hack would benefit people is it saves money on tumble drying. You probably have the heating on anyway as it’s January.

“It saves up space as your clothes would be dry within hours and the clothes horse can be packed away again and into the cupboard.

“Instead of the usual 24 hours and your clothes are still damp – then low and behold, it’s time for another washing!

“It doesn’t have to be a never-ending cycle anymore.”

Alix shared the incredible results on Facebook, where her post racked up more than 4,000 likes.

She covered her clothes horse with the bedsheet

Thousands of users took to the comments section to share their own experiences and tips.

One person said: “Done this for years it’s actually brilliant all my clothes dry so quick!”

Another wrote: “Definitely giving this a go, it takes about three days to dry an airer full of washing.”

A third commented: “Well this looks like a bloody game changer!”

Alix also shared a few top tips to maximize results.

She said: “People ask if dampness occurs, but I use a double bed sheet over a king sheet so it’s not totally covering the whole clothes frame and there’s still gaps for the air to escape and heat the room up – win win!

“If you’re worried about damp, crack a window slightly or have a dehumidifier nearby.

“People have also asked if this can cause fires but I don’t think a radiator is hot enough, if you’re that worried just turn it down on a low heat for longer and keep an eye on it.

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“I’ve found on a medium-high setting, they were dry within 2-3 hours and 4-6 on low give or take.

“My clothes also still smell fresh of the fabric conditioner because they dried so quickly.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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