Though you might be having a washing machine, you’ll at one point be required to hand-wash some of your clothes. Buying some beautiful dresses and reading the “hand wash only” label can be quite annoying to most people. To those used to getting it done by the machine, the chore may sound too messy, time-consuming and tedious. However, it is always safe to be used for this job once in a while; who knows? Maybe you might come across some beautiful but delicate garment that only requires hand-washing. Additionally, hand washing clothes make them last longer as compared to washing in the machine. So, you shouldn’t be too much obsessed with the washing device, but instead, you can be alternating from the latter.
Some people detest hand washing because they just don’t have enough space to hang their clothes. This is much understandable though not all items can be taken to the dryer. When not carefully handled during the drying period, some clothes may shrink, stretch or have their fibers weakened. More so, air-drying may save the money used in fuel bills and even prolong the cloth life.
What you require for air-drying hand-washed clothes
Here is some step by step techniques on how to efficiently dry your hand-washed clothes.
Step 1. Fling out excess water from the clothes
You might want the excess water to be removed so that the fabric may become lighter and dry out easily. However, this step applies to specific clothes and may be omitted in other cases. Squeezing the extra water on cardigans, fluffy sweaters and stretchers may stretch them further and result in an over-sized garment that won’t please you. If you are washing from the sink, you can simply lift the clothes and allow the water to drain out. With a bucket or basin, you can still lift up the cloth and let the water drip off.
A homemade alternative to this method is by using the salad spinner to at least remove the excess water. However, for jeans, cotton clothes and towels, you can wring and after that shake them off to prevent any wrinkles from forming. This is very important to note.
Step 2. Towel Off
This action depends on how heavy or light a given cloth is. For heavier clothes such as sweaters, you should place them on a well-spread thick towel, roll it up and press gently. The towel is meant to absorb water and would dampen depending on the heaviness of the cloth. If you think you haven’t done enough, you can repeat with the next dry towel so that more water is absorbed. For cotton material, you can wring the rolled up towel and later iron it. For sweaters, you should press gently to avoid subjecting them to stretching. Another essential part to note.
Lighter clothes like lingerie need not pass this step as they can be hung immediately (preferably on a drying rack).
Step 3. Air on a Flat Surface, drying rack, drying net or on a clothesline
Laying your wet clothes flat on the ground is helpful since they will still retain their shape. The flat surface or a drying rack allows them to assume their natural way, especially for the stretchy ones. You should remember to constantly turn them at least once so that they can dry evenly. Apart from reshaping, this method will prevent stretching and shrinkage. If you live in the neighborhood where outdoor clothesline is banned, the indoor drying rack is the ideal option. They are portable, take up little space and can be used outdoors for drying delicate clothes or any other that can’t be thrown in a dryer. Cardigans, sweaters, and scarves should be hanged either on a flat surface, drying net or a drying rack. This is done to ensure that they don’t stretch while drying.
Most clothes can be hung on the clothesline using pins. Understanding the best ways of attaching each type which is safe for the material and flipping them once in a while will facilitate the drying. When hanging the clothes, ensure that you leave enough space between them for efficient flow of air and quick drying.
Important points to note