There is nothing worse than the smell of damp towels – but as the cold winter nights settle in, what is the best way to dry your towels without making your energy bills soar?
Drying towels in the winter can be a nightmare – especially if you have a household full of kids.
Due to their thickness, towels stay damp for what seems like forever when you’re trying to dry them indoors. This can result in the development of mould – which can cause a host of health issues, especially for those with existing respiratory conditions.
But with soaring energy bills amidst the cost of living crisis, not everyone can afford to run the tumble dryer. However, one woman who described herself as the ‘Duchess of Thrift’ has shared a genius way around the issue. And no, it doesn’t involve flying to Spain over Christmas to get some much-needed winter sun. Although, that might do the trick.
Taking to TikTok, the savvy content creator explained that she was put off using the tumble dryer due to its extortionate cost. She says her electricity costs have come down recently, but is still double the price from before the pandemic.
To get around this, she simply swaps her regular bath towels for microfibre ones in the Winter. The social media user says not only does this save her money from not having to put the tumble dryer on, but also prevents towels from getting that ‘horrible damp smell’.
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“The reason these are great in winter – because they’re microfibre, they’re like fleece, and it dries incredibly quickly,” she added. “If you put them in the tumble dryer, they’ll be dry in 10 minutes. I try to avoid using my tumble dryer because it guzzles electricity.”
Microfibre towels – which are commonly used by campers due to their ability to dry quickly – will dry completely on a clothes horse or heated airer. Even if you use a tumble dryer, they will need significantly less time than regular regular towels. You can currently pick up a Microfibre Travel Towel from Mountain Warehouse for £6.99.
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