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How to Dry Clothes With an Iron

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: February 6, 2017
How to Dry Clothes With an Iron

Whether it's the day before laundry day, you generally forget to hang up your clothes or you simply have a shirt you need to wear for a big meeting, we can all be caught out having to wash some item of clothing when it's not quite dry. You simply might not have the time to air dry it or don't want to waste the energy of putting on the drier for only one or two items of clothing. To get around this you can choose to dry clothes with an iron. This makes the drying process even easier and faster and sometimes even more economic. Read this oneHOWTO article to find out how to dry clothes with an iron.

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  1. Benefits of drying clothes with an iron
  2. Step by step instructions to dry clothes with an iron
  3. Alternatively use a hair dryer

Benefits of drying clothes with an iron

As compared to letting the clothes dry in air or drying them in a drier, there are several advantages of drying them with an iron. Let’s talk about a few of them:

  • It saves money: Your clothes drier is one of the biggest energy consuming devices in your home, perhaps next to the refrigerator. So, when you dry your clothes using an iron, you skip running the drier, thus save on your utility bills
  • It saves space: In today’s small apartments and flat, people seldom have space to install a clothesline. If you are not drying your clothes in a drier, you will have to hang them on a clothesline to let them air dry. You can save space by skipping the clothesline and drying them directly with an iron
  • It saves time: Air drying the clothes can take several hours, even a couple of days if the weather is not sunny. In that case, you can dry the clothes with an iron and make them ready to wear almost instantly within minutes.
  • It is safe for your fabrics: Drying clothes in a drier is rough for the fabric of your clothes. Believe it or not, your clothes undergo a lot of twist and turn while drying in the drier. When you dry your clothes with an iron, you save your clothes from all the torment the drier will give them
  • It saves you from wetting the clothes for ironing: What most people do is that they dry their clothes in a drier or on a clothesline and then sprinkle some water again on them before ironing. Doing this makes the clothes smoother and helps in getting rid of stiff wrinkles and folds. When you iron wet clothes, you prevent the wear and tear this process can bring.
How to Dry Clothes With an Iron - Benefits of drying clothes with an iron

Step by step instructions to dry clothes with an iron

Follow these instructions to dry clothes with an iron:

  1. After washing your clothes in the washing machine, take them out while they are still wet. Most of the clothes are still 50% wet after washing, but make sure it has been on the spin cycle and not dripping wet.
  2. Choose the clothes that you can dry with an iron. Such clothes include your shirts, T-shirts, skirts, trousers, jeans, tops, etc. You will not want to iron your undergarments or bulky towels as well. So, choose the appropriate clothes and lay one straight on an ironing board.
  3. Plug in your iron, turn it on and keep it on low temperature setting. You don’t want to apply too much heat to your wet clothes.
  4. Iron your clothes as you normally would, but will some extra pressure and for a little more time.
  5. Within a few minutes, the clothes will get ready to be worn straight out. The clothes that you dry with this method are crispier and nicer than otherwise.
  6. Repeat the process with all the clothes you want to dry. If they are still wet, you can hang them on a hanger to complete the air drying. At least you will have helped the process along and they will now air dry much more quickly.


How to Dry Clothes With an Iron - Step by step instructions to dry clothes with an iron

Alternatively use a hair dryer

If the clothes are very wet and you are worried about damaging your them, you can always try other alternatives to dry clothes faster without a dryer, such as to dry them with a hairdryer. To do this, hold up the item of clothing with a hanger so that you don't burn your hands. Put the hairdryer on to hot and blast it on the clothing, but not too close. If you are too close it will stop the circulation of cool air coming in to the hairdryer and the motor will overheat. Try to make the clothes billow so that the hot air hits as much surface area as possible.

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