I'm a laundry expert… my tip will get clothes bone dry without a tumble dryer and save you £45 a month | The Sun

I'm a laundry expert… my tip will get clothes bone dry without a tumble dryer and save you £45 a month | The Sun

FORGET expensive tumble dryer – there's a way to get your laundry dry whilst saving a whopping £45 every month.

For many, especially those living in flats, the colder and more humid months often mean drying their washing indoors.

But as energy bills soar and the handy tumble dryer is not an option for everyone, an expert has listed the benefits of an alternative – a dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers are electronic appliances that, like the name suggests, suck out moisture from indoor air.

Chatting to The Express, Chris Michael, Managing Director at Meaco, explained that not only can dehumidifiers produce the exact same – if not better – results for your washing, they will also save you loads of money in the long run.

“There are several advantages of drying damp washing indoors with a dehumidifier instead of a tumble dryer. 

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“Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the reduced cost. A dehumidifier can cost as little as 8p an hour to run in comparison to a tumble dryer that can cost over £2 per cycle.

''Additionally, Meaco dehumidifiers with a dedicated laundry mode will switch themselves off after six hours to save energy. 

“This means that with every load you choose to air dry instead of putting in the tumble dryer, you’re saving around £1.50 per load money on your energy bill.

''If you’re part of a busy family, drying washing everyday this will save you £45 every month!”

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Chris added: “While the dehumidifier is drying the clothes, it is also protecting the room that the clothes are in from potential damage that would otherwise occur in that room from long-term laundry drying indoors over winter.”

Unlike a tumble dryer, according to the expert, a dehumidifier is alsomuch safer appliance to use. 

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“Over recent years, there have been numerous product recalls and high-profile safety notices against millions of tumble dryers because of various fire reports which has made consumers wary of using their machines.

''Drying clothes naturally avoids this risk.”

It's not just your wallet that will thank you for the investment – your clothes will benefit too, as air drying makes the garments ''feel softer''.

''By choosing to air dry laundry, you can help your clothes to last longer too.

''Garments are not exposed to the high temperatures from tumble dryers that can damage delicate fabrics.''

Furthermore, a key benefit of using dehumidifiers is that it retains and generates a substantial amount of heat which can also be harnessed to heat other areas of your home.

According to the pro, it is not uncommon for these devices to convert every unit of energy it consumes into 2.5 times the amount of usable heat – and this could notably reduce your dependence on using radiators or external heaters.

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The best way to dry clothes with a dehumidifier, he explained, is to first hang all the washing on an airer in a small room.

Once the wet clothes are hung, you can then switch the dehumidifier on, leave it run for several hours and come back to enjoy a pile of fresh and dry clothes.

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