If drying clothes indoors can kill you, then this writter would have died more than a decade ago. In truth, many of us are guilty of drying clothes indoors, or maybe you’ve spread your wet clothes in your rooms at the time of reading this article. It’s probably why you searched this topic at the first place.
Is drying clothes in the bedroom or any other indoor space bad?
Let’s talk a quick dive at this question.
You can dry your clothes indoors… but!
Airdrying clothes indoors is safe. Even when these clothes are hung in the bedroom, it will still dry safely… for the clothes and for your health.
Drying clothes in the sun, like most things in life, has it’s drawbacks, but it is not forbidden, neither is it as bad as your fears.
Some research posted on articles might scare reality out of you. While there might be truth to this, it is not the whole picture. Having a clearer picture will help you to determine whether you should ever dry clothes indoors, where to dry them indoors, and when it might be wise not to dry them indoors.
But first, let’s see reasons why people dry clothes indoors.
Why people dry clothes in the bedroom
- Unfavorable weather
- Power conservation
This is number one in the list because it is the main reason why we dry clothes in the room or indoors in this part of the world.
During winter days in Europe or rainy season in Africa, air-drying clothes outdoors is often impractical. A bright morning might end with heavy showers in the evening. As such, many persons prefer drying clothes in the room, especially when not at home to watch them.
Unfavorable weather condition can turn your bedroom or balcony to a mini-laundry room, albeit for drying only.
When we talk of a lack of outdoor space for drying, the first thought that might come to your mind is the Holywood’s action thrillers depicting mumbai, India.
The first scene that comes to mind are multistorey buildings with a million apartments and balconies. Then the famous look, clothes hung all over the balconies, creating a mosaic of fabric colors. This is what happens when there is no space. Even in the US and some parts of Europe, you can still find large building complexes with little to no space for drying clothes.
You’re only left with 2 options:
- Using the dryer, or
- Drying clothes indoors.
A lack of space should not prevent from drying wet clothes. You can save up on electricity simply by air-drying clothes indoors.
If this is your reason for using your bedroom or other space in the apartments to dry clothes, you don’t have to stop. If you have concerns about health and other consequencies of using your rooms, please read on, we’ll address it later.
The war in Ukraine has taken it’s toll. Not just in Ukraine, but all across Europe. Energy cost is on the rise. Winter is here, and the first thing in your mind is how to survive winter with high energy cost.
Air drying clothes is one prudent way to save-up on energy. And when there is limited space in the building, drying clothes indoors is a no-brainer.
Actually you not just dry your clothes and save-up on energy, but also provide the needed moisture Air Condition units need for functioning.
For the record, most HVACs sap moisture from the room, your skin, your lungs, everywhere they can find water. Drying clothes indoors, give them the exact moisture they badly need.
Its a win-win for both the laundrywoman and the AC technician.
A few years ago, clothes, especially female underwear were being stolen from the lines, especially in unfenced houses, in some parts of Nigeria. The reason was supposedly for money ritual.
This might be strange to those in first world countries. But even if you live in poor neighborhood of even affluent countries, you might be used to petty theft.
Leaving clothes to dry outdoors might only be practical when someone is around to watch it. Else drying indoors is the best option.
Disadvantages of drying clothes in the bedroom
Many persons have expressed concerns in drying clothes in the bedroom. Afterall, it’s called a “bedroom” and not a “cloth-drying room”. Well those concerns are not baseless.
There are legitimate points to put into consideration when drying clothes in a room you spend the night in. And some of those are downsides that should be managed properly.
Here are a few of them:
- Mold formation
- Stuffy or humid air
- Trip hazard
There is a reason why it’s adviced to keep washing machine doors open when not in use. This is to prevent formation of mold due to the wet drum environment.
In a similar manner, drying your clothes in the room, especially on humid days will only add to the possibility of a mold infection.
This is how it works, molds love wet environment. This includes, not just the water remnant from spillage, but even the water in the air.
The amount of water in the air is called humidity. As the temperature cools, these water particles looses their gas properties, and begins to liquify. The heavy liquid can’t float in the air any longer and they settle down on the closest surface.
Your ceiling, walls, furniture, practically any solid surface they can land. The resulting water droplets are a breding ground for mold formation.
So, mold formation is a major factor to put into consideration when drying clothes indoors. But does not have to stop you from drying clothes in the bedroom. There is a solution as we will later see.
Stuffy or humid air
Do you remember that odor that greets you when you first walk into your closed room after a long trip. It’s alwaysalways unpleasant. This is caused by stagnant air due to a lack of ventilation… and also high humidity.
Drying clothes in the bedroom, especially during the wet season can give off such smell.
In a living room, there is probably enough space for everything. Likely your living room is more than twice the size of the bedroom.
Smaller bedrooms only have enough space for the mattress, wardrobe and a few items here and there. Drying clothes in them will likely take up the little space used as a walkway.
There is ahigh possibility of creating a trip of fall hazard by drying your clothes in the bedroom. Especially when those clothes are hung on a cloth rack.
This is even more serious for nursing mothers with crawling, inquisitive babies. They walk on four feet, but will attempt to climb anything in their path.
Climbing cloth racks in the bedroom will lead to a certain fall. This will be bad for you and your infant.
Even if this is the only disadvantage for drying clothes in the bedroom. I’ll still say, pack those clothes and throw them as far away from the bedroom as possible.
Of course, this will be an extreme measure. But it does buttress the importance of safety, especially of minors. Having a few clean dried clothes is not worth the safety of any human.
Identifying the real culprit
When it comes to the disadvantages of drying clothes in the bedroom, it is important to identifying the root cause of the problem instead of treating the symptoms.
Wet clothes are not problem. The real problem is humidity, ventilation and space.
Do you know that having hot bath can increase the humidity in the bathroom. In fact, this is a major cause of mold infestation. However you don’t stop taking hot baths, or bathing altogether. You find a solution to the problem, while still enjoying a good old shower.
Similarly, instead of asserting that drying clothes in the bedroom is bad, it is important to tackle the real issues.
Solving the issues
When it comes to drying clothes indoors. The idea is to solve the potential issues while achieving the benefits of airdrying clothes indoors.
Let’s address of solutions.
- Increase ventillation
- Avoid drying clothes at night when possible
- Employ the use of air conditioners
- Utilize other spaces in the home
Proper ventilation is the solution to humid air, stuffy or unpleasant room odors resulting from drying clothes indoors.
So, keep the windows open when drying clothes indoors. When fresh air from outdoors comes in, wet air from the bedroom is forced out.
This continuous flow of air, will not only eliminate the possibility of mold buildup, it will also freshing the air in the bedroom and kick out those unpleasant odor.
What is more, it will fasting the drying process. Which means you’ll spend less time drying clothes in the bedroom if you keep the doors and windows open.
Avoid drying clothes at night when possible
Some persons are more sensitive to humid or stuffy air than others. For these persons, even a brief exposure to humid air can make them uncomfortable. If you fall under this category, you should rather dry clothes in the bedroom during the day when you’re less likely so be in the bedroom.
You’re likely to spend the night sleeping. Hence, there is a high possibility of inhaling a large part of the humid air into your lungs even with proper ventillation.
Most persons spend the day outdoors. Even stay at home moms, still spend a large part of the day in other areas of the home, rather than the bedroom alone.
This will limit your exposure. And with proper ventillation as mentioned above, your drying time will be reduced.
Employ the use of air conditioners
Using air conditioners are the solution to drying clothes indoors, whether in the bedroom or somewhere else.
Do you find youself always feeling thirsty when you sleep at night? This is because that hungry camel called AC has been drying every drop of water in your skin, lungs and everywhere else it can find water.
So drying your clothes in clothes proximity to the air conditioner will help to dry your clothes fast. In fact, I do so a lot. At night, I dry my wet clothes in the living room, where the AC is, before day break, they are all dried up.
If you have AC in the bedroom, drying wet clothes during the day when you’re not in the room, while having the AC turned on is the perfect solution and the shortest cut to drying clothes in the bedroom.
Try this and thank me later.
How about when the air condition is in the living room, like in my case?