As the days get colder, darker and damper, drying your laundry at home can be a mammoth mission — especially if you don't have the heating turned on.
Luckily, one savvy mum has shared the genius way she dries her clean clothes without using a tumble dryer. Taking to TikTok, Karen, known as themiddleagedblogger on the social media platform, showed her followers how she does the laundry on a rainy day. Watch it below:
In the video, Karen shows how she uses a clothes hook and an underwear hanger to place her clothes around the house.
She then uses a dehumidifier and places it under the clothes to suck all the water out — and it is as simple as that.
Typically, dehumidifiers are used to prevent condensation and damp issues in the home, but Karen has discovered a different use for them.
You can get one of the machines for as little as £50, but some of the more expensive ones can set you back hundreds of pounds.
However, when you look at the cost of purchasing a tumble dryer and the amount it would cost to run it, the dehumidifier is certainly a cheaper alternative.
On average, a tumble dryer costs around £216 per year to run for the average household, whereas a dehumidifier costs around 21p per hour to run, less than the tumble dryer for the average household.
People have been reacting in the comments section to the TikTok, with some even suggesting another alternative.
One person said: "Best dehumidifier we've ever had! Bought for the conservatory but added bonus was the clothes drying button!"
A second added: "Just smells awful by the time it’s dry."
A third said: "I do this on the bedroom door frames, don't look nice but a cheap way to dry clothes."
Another person questioned whether it is cheaper to use the mould preventing machine instead of the traditional tumble dryer.
The TikTok user asked: "So is it cheaper to run a dehumidifier that a tumble dryer? And if so by how much?"
To which Karen replied: "Last week it cost me just under £1 I leave the dehumidifier on and it don’t really notice the meter jumping up much."
Karen's TikTok page is full of handy tricks and tips ranging from budget house improvements to quick meal ideas.
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