A mum has taken to TikTok to share a laundry hack which has saved her countless hours folding washing and even reduces the need for ironing. Liffe, who posts cleaning videos to her TikTok page @mumatnumber23, said the hack was first discovered by her partner and has gone on to be “a permanent fixture” in their home.
“This laundry hack has been an absolute game changer and we will continue to do it,” she told her audience of 10.7K followers. The hack is particularly great for people who do not have a tumble dryer or those who are trying to cut down energy bills.
“If like us, you need to dry more clothing in a short period of time, but you have to rely on an airer, then you need to try this.”
In her video, Liffie shows how she hangs up a wash of her children’s clothes. While certain items are folded over the airer, as usual, she hangs others around the outside using coat hangers.
“Any clothing that goes in drawers just hangs on the airer as normal and any clothing that gets hung up, stick it on coat hangers and hang it on the airer,” she explained.
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Thrifty TikTok mum Heidi Ondrik, who shares videos on TikTok under the username @theduchessofthrift, said her trick was able to speed up drying time and even stopped her laundry from smelling musty.
Before testing the hack, Heidi found it was taking her freshly washed towels around “thirty six hours” to dry on an airer.
“My biggest issue is getting this stuff dry in the winter in a house where putting the heating on is going to cost me an absolute fortune, so I am going to be really really limited on the amount of time I have the heating on in a day,” she said.
“We’ve been talking about an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening so I don’t want wet washing hanging around. The tumble dryer is 70p an hour.”
However, she came across a heated drying rack on Facebook Market place which costs “6p an hour to run” and was able to dry her laundry in “about an hour”.
Heidi also recommends covering the entire drying rack of laundry with a fitted sheet on cold days “so that the warm air stays in” to further speed up the process. She added: “All of the bars are heated so you can hang hangers off them, you can put things through the bars or you can hang them flat.”
How to save money when doing your laundry
These five simple steps could help to reduce how much money you spend when doing your laundry. You can find out more expert details on how to reduce your laundry spend here.
- Wash at 30C
- Wash at cheaper times and avoid peak times (5pm to 7pm)
- Wash full loads and was clothes left often
- Dry clothes on the line if the weather permits
- Use less detergent