Household: That's why you should hang laundry outside in winter

That is why you should hang laundry outside in winter

Damp laundry can be frost-dried in winter.

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If you want to make good use of the freezing temperatures in winter, you can hang your laundry outdoors. This way the clothes are not damaged.

Especially during the cold season, many people's clothes end up in the dryer after washing. However, this is neither absolutely necessary, nor is this option always the best course of action. If you know what to look out for, you will benefit from drying your laundry in the fresh air even in winter.

Frequent use of the dryer is not advisable

The main problem with the tumble dryer is that it is not suitable for every fabric. Some materials will be damaged while drying. Furthermore, with regular use, the power consumption increases, which harms both the environment and your own wallet. The alternative to the tumble dryer, hanging up the clothes in the living room, is also not always ideal because the humidity promotes the formation of mold.

Under what circumstances does laundry dry best in winter?

Many people believe that cold temperatures are harmful to damp clothing. In fact, these initially freeze, but then dry without any problems. The transition from the solid, frozen to the gaseous state takes place without the water liquefying again beforehand. However, this so-called sublimation only works at minus temperatures. So it is important to make sure that the clothes are only hung outside at temperatures below freezing point.

Correct procedure for frost drying

A few things should be observed to ensure that clothing remains undamaged while it is frost-drying. As soon as the process of sublimation has started, an interruption must be avoided. The clothes can only be taken off the clothesline when they are completely dry. If you bring your laundry back in too early, you risk damage to the textiles.