You've been drying your laundry all wrong as expert chimes in on correct method

Mid adult man hanging laundry on clothesline at home.
There's a way to be able to dry your washing when the weather is bad -Credit:Getty

While washing laundry is a task that some people enjoy, for others it's a nightmare to find somewhere to dry it, especially when a property lacks outdoor space.

Although approximately 87 per cent of UK households have garden space, 13 per cent do not - equating to over 3.4 million homes across the country, according to the British Psychological Society.

Where outdoor space is limited, most people choose to dry their laundry over doors, bannisters and radiators - however, this is a big no-go! But why?

Experts from Magnet Trade have revealed how we've been drying our laundry wrong, and has warned against hanging your washing around your home - especially on wooden surfaces.

Paul Strong, Store Operations Manager at Magnet Trade explained: "Whilst doors and bannisters may seem like a practical, cost-effective solution to drying bedding and laundry, this could be causing detrimental damage to your property especially if your doors and bannisters are made from wood.

"Placing wet washing onto wooden surfaces could lead to long term structural damage. Wood is an extremely porous material so when wet laundry is left on it, especially repeatedly, the wood can warp and even rot over time."

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Placing wet washing onto wooden surfaces could lead to long term structural damage -Credit:Getty

The expert continued: "In addition, wet wood is a breeding ground for mould growth. Moisture can get trapped between the wet fabric and the wood surface, creating an ideal environment for mould growth. Mould is often a by-product of moisture and can initially appear as black spots in poorly ventilated spaces. Mould will not only damage wood but can also pose significant health risks.

"On the topic of mould, drying laundry on radiators should also be avoided. Drying clothes on your radiators will trap moisture against your walls, promoting mould growth.

"With all of this in mind, instead of placing wet clothes directly onto your radiators, doors and bannisters, it's best to invest in a tumble dryer or a heated clothes airer paired with a dehumidifier - however, these can prove costly."

How to cost-effectively dry your laundry

Paul explained: "If you're looking to dry your laundry without breaking the bank, one of the most cost-effective ways is by air drying it. When drying laundry indoors, be sure to place it near an open window or door to ensure good ventilation and provide optimal drying conditions."

He continued: "Drying laundry indoors without any ventilation can cause the air to become extremely moist and humid, promoting potential mould growth. In addition, avoid placing it on any surfaces around your home that are made from porous materials like wood or brick.

"If you have outdoor space, be sure to hang your washing out on a washing line. However, if weather conditions don't allow outdoor drying or your property lacks outdoor space, use an indoor drying rack - they're relatively inexpensive and have no additional running costs."

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