7 tips for drying clothes in a flat

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At the moment my husband and I live in a flat. We have lots of space, and even room for pets as well as space to store all the items for our unborn daughter. It works out well for us, for the most part, and we have lived here for 5 years now. There is hardly anything I dislike about living here, besides drying clothes in a flat!

Obviously, it is easy enough to use a washing line in your garden, if you have one. It is also easy to use a tumble drier if you have room for one. We personally have room for a tumble dryer but I like to try and cut back on the electric bill where possible.

7 top tips for drying clothes in a flat

Today I am going to share some tips with you to help make drying clothes in a flat a little bit easier for you. I have been doing this for 5 years now. Obviously there is the usual tip of using your radiators but hopefully, this post offers some alternatives for you to consider.

Be organised

Have a regular schedule when it comes to washing. If you have a lot of washing then check every day or every other day. When you change your bedding get the old set straight into the wash and hung up to dry.

I try to have 1-2 days a week where I get all of the washing done. I will also add loose items to the machine throughout the week, such as hand towels, and then get a wash done during the evening as needed.

Have a reliable washing machine

Personally, I have a Beko washing machine. This is an 8kg machine and has a ton of fantastic cycles. It has a timer and individual options for the temperature and spin speed, among other things. There are quick wash, half wash and freshen up cycles. These are all well utilised in my home and I frequently use the spin cycle to give towels and bedding another spin to remove as much water as possible. This helps with drying time considerably and only takes a few minutes.

*Limescale & Detergent for Washing Machines

I look after my washing machine by using washing machine cleaner. This is well under £1 per month when you buy a 12 month supply. It works fantastically well and is simple to use as well. Also, having a reliable washing machine is great when using Dylon fabric dye.

Ventilate your home

We like to have our windows open as much as possible anyway but this is great for ventilation. When drying clothes in a flat you can potentially suffer problems with mould growth. By ensuring that we keep our home well ventilated, using an extractor fan and fresh air, we’ve managed to avoid this for 5 years.

Use an air purifier


*Air Purifier

A few drops of *essential oils are fantastic for helping to freshen the air as well. As the air is fresh in my home this helps to avoid my washing absorbing bad smells while it is drying. It also helps us sleep better and makes my home smell lovely throughout the year.

Consider a heated airer – the best way to dry clothes in a flat


*Heated Airer

A heated airer can be a fantastic aid in drying clothes in a flat. The above airer costs less than 6p an hour to run and you can also use it as a normal airer when you don’t want to heat it. Best of all, when not in use it folds down to just 8cm wide. This is ideal for tucking down the side of a wardrobe, kitchen cupboard or avoiding cluttering your hall cupboard. This is my best way to dry clothes in a flat – by far! If you’re trying to work out how to dry washing in a small flat then I doubt you’ll regret this! Yes it’s quite large when it is out but it dries clothes quickly and folds down nicely.

I’ve recently bought a heated airer, and have reviewed it too! Come take a look and solve all your clothes drying problems!

Utilise the space over your bath


*Over Bath Airer

This over the bath airer is a fantastic way to make the most of unused space. It can be folded down when not in use and gives you a nice amount of drying space for underwear and smaller items.

Utilise the space in more than one way!


*Retractable Washing Line
When we moved into our home it had a retractable washing line already in place over the bath. This was fitted, as standard, by the builder of our block of flats. These are surprisingly cheap to purchase and relatively easy to install. This is a great way to make use of unused space also.

I hope that my tips for drying clothes in a flat have been of some help to you. Being organised is a great way to keep on top of it and avoid feeling overwhelmed. If I have guests coming over then I avoid doing washing that day, so the flat doesn’t feel so cluttered. By using an extra spin, ventilating well and utilising our bathroom space I’ve been able to cut down on our drying time, and the spread of items, considerably.

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22 Responses

  1. Anrola (@anrola99) December 14, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    We’ve been using a heated airer from Lakeland for the past 2 years now and I wouldn’t be without it! Good post.

  2. Edixon June 14, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I have a rack over my bath, it is very elegant and efficient at the same time.

    • katykicker June 15, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Great way to utilise the space in your home!

  3. Hanna Cevik November 16, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    hey – the image of the heated airer seems to be gone – can you link to it in the text?

    • katykicker November 20, 2017 / 8:34 am

      So hard finding ways to get it all dry in a flat isn’t it!

  4. Lu Lovely November 19, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing. I love the look of the air purifier, going to check out your post on it now x

    • katykicker November 20, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Hope you find it useful – thanks for stopping by!

  5. scots2travel November 20, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I like the idea of essential oils, hadn’t considered that before. Nice touch.

  6. Cathy Glynn November 20, 2017 / 11:38 am

    What great tips. I like to keep our house ventilated even in winter, otherwise we get black mould on the back wall x

  7. Claire November 20, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Great tips here. I had never thought of how a couple of family member drys their clothes in their flat before. I shall pass these tips onto them.

  8. Kira November 21, 2017 / 7:16 am

    We lived in a flat and drying clothes was a nightmare! Some great tips here lovely 🙂 x

    • katykicker November 22, 2017 / 11:27 am

      I can’t wait to move – just to have a washing line!

    • katykicker November 22, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Thank you. Can’t wait to get a washing line!

  9. Holly - Little Pickle's Mom November 21, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Great post, Katy! We only live in a small house, without a tumble dryer and using the garden is fine in the summer but its a nightmare this time of year. Really interested in getting an air purifier!

    • katykicker November 22, 2017 / 11:27 am

      So hard not having a dryer and it being Winter isn’t it!

  10. Kara November 23, 2017 / 9:41 am

    My tumble drier dies last week and I am finding it impossible to get clothes dry, despite having a garden and airer. Our problem is we have too much washing – Cannot wait for it to be fixed.

    • katykicker November 24, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Hope yours is back up and running soon! x

  11. Rae January 1, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    I’d forgotten all about over bath dries – had one growing up, but now I have a free standing one and am in a flat with no outdoors (my last flat had a balcony and only a shower so didn’t need one) might make a nice birthday present from my mum I think, especially as she has got 2!

    • katykicker January 1, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      It’s hard keeping on top of all the drying of clothes in a flat isn’t it! x

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