How to: dry your clothes in a flash (without a tumble dryer)

By Rachel England Thursday 08 August 2013

In a perfect world we’d be on top of our laundry all the time. We’d always have clean socks to hand, getting ready to go out would be a delightful wardrobe browsing experience, and we’d laugh in the face of last minute plans with specific outfit requirements.

How to: Dry your clothes in a flash (without a tumble dryer)

Alas, the reality is more likely to involve panicked rummaging through piles of deodorant-stained t-shirts, dubious ‘sniff tests’ and leaving the house with damp clothes because you didn’t plan ahead, and your frantically-washed clothes didn’t dry in time.

We can’t help you plan your life better, but we can help you dry your clothes quicker without resorting to the energy-hungry tumble dryer, banishing soggy sleeves and wet waistlines for good! Just follow these neat tips and tricks.

Use a high spin

Use a high spin setting on your washing machine so that as much water as possible is removed from your clothes before they’re even ready to dry. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the increased energy used to do this is nothing compared to the energy needed to run a tumble dryer.

Two towel tricks

Once your clothes are out of the washing machine, try one (or both!) of these towel tricks to remove even more moisture:

  • Put a large fluffy towel down and lay the item of clothing on top. Then roll up the towel into a sausage (garment inside) and twist it tightly, starting at one end, working your way along, until the entire sausage is twisted. This squeezes excess water out of your clothes and into the towel.

  • Put your garment on an ironing board, as if ready to iron, but lay a thin towel over the top of it. Press the towel using a high heat, stopping to turn the garment over so both sides are pressed. This channels some warmth into the fabric without causing any of the damage associated with putting a hot iron directly on it while wet.

Give them room

Al fresco line-drying is your best bet for drying items in a hurry, but it’s not always practical, so drying racks and clothes horses are the next best thing. But don’t just pile all your wet clothes onto a drying rack – they need air and ventilation to dry properly. Take the time to hang items individually, allowing space in between. If you use a drying rack or clothes horse that has individual bars, hang imminently-required items over two bars instead of one, so more air can circulate around them.

Location, location, location

Place your drying rack near a source of warmth: a radiator or a boiler, for example. Alternatively, put it wherever there’s movement in the air, perhaps near an open window or by a fan if it’s a warm day.


Check on the drying status of your item regularly and rotate the garment around so that it gets even contact with air. Pay attention to pockets, underarm areas and cuffs – these are notorious areas for dampness!

If you put a garment over a radiator, be sure to remove it as soon as it’s dry, otherwise you’re wasting heat by simply channelling it into an already warm barrier.

In dire straits, hair dry, don’t air dry

If time is really of the essence, get your clothes as dry as possible and then give them a very quick blast with a hairdryer. Be sure to rotate the item frequently, ‘airing out’ pockets, sleeves and collars as you go. You needn’t use a particularly high setting, either. Warm is fine; it’s all about air flow rather than heat.

Tumble into the dark side

If you really, really must use a tumble dryer, make sure you set it to the most efficient setting – preferably the ‘eco-option’ if your machine has one, and make sure you’ve removed all the lint from the catcher so the machine can run as efficiently as possible.

Some folk suggest putting in a dry, fluffy towel with your wet item, claiming it speeds up the process. But old wives’ tale or not, be sure to check the dryer regularly; don’t just set it to an arbitrary time setting and amble off, your clothing may be dry long before the end of the cycle, meaning you’ll have wasted a lot of time and energy.

O​VO​ Energy Ltd, registered office 1 Rivergate Temple Quay Bristol, BS1 6ED, company no. 06890795 registered in England and Wales, VAT No. 100119879

Additional terms and conditions
Please see below for full terms and conditions on 33% renewable electricity, 3% interest rewards, exit fees and saving claims.


1Monthly cost - Representative monthly direct debit costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying in advance by direct debit, including online discount.  All rates correct as of 24/1/2018, but may go up or down.

2Weekly cost - Representative weekly costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas).  All rates correct as of 22/11/2017, but may go up or down.

3Pay Monthly Savings claims: Saving based on the estimated annual cost of OVO Two year fixed tariff for a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying monthly in advance by direct debit, including online discount. Comparisons made against the average of the Big 6 standard variable tariffs with equivalent features. All rates correct as of 06/2/2018.“The Big 6” are British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE, Npower, E.ON and EDF.

4Pay As You Go Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYG OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location. 

We include almost twice as much renewable electricity as the national average: At least 33% of electricity in all of our tariffs comes from renewable sources. The national average, according to Ofgem as at March 2014 was 16.7%. For more information please visit this page.

33% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: 33% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015. Renewable electricity is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.

OVO Interest Rewards: Interest Rewards are paid on credit balances of customers paying by monthly Direct Debit. It is calculated at 3% in your first year, 4% in your second year and 5% in your third year (and every year thereafter) if you pay by Direct Debit. Interest Rewards are paid monthly based on the number of days you’re in credit and the amount left in your account after you’ve paid your bill. Full terms apply:

95% of new customers save when switching to OVO: Savings based on the average estimated annual costs for all new OVO customers quoted through the OVO website, compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/05/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT.

94% of surveyed customers would recommend us: OVO conducted a survey of their customers in between 1st January 2016 and 15th April 2016. Out of 15,312 customers who responded, over 94% rated OVO 6+ when asked 'how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend and family, on a scale of 1 to 10.

uSwitch's Energy Supplier of the Year 2017: OVO energy was voted and awarded  'Energy Supplier of the year' and best for: Overall Customer Satisfaction, Most Likely to be Recommended, Value for Money, Best Deal for You, Customer Service, Billing Services, Energy Efficiency, Meter Services, Online Services, Green Services and Transfer Process. OVO Energy scored a 96% customer satisfaction score.

* EV - Everywhere, full terms and conditions:

* OVO SolarStore (Beta), full terms and conditions:

Pay Monthly unit rates

PAYG unit rates

Read more Read less

Like most websites OVO Energy uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this site. Accept and Close