Why You Need a Clothes Airer

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Why Your Home Needs a Clothes Airer

How to get the Best From a Clothes Airer

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of clothes drying in the sun. The freshest of scents, the flapping in the wind, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re saving energy all make for a great laundry day. But what if you don’t have a clothesline? Or if it’s raining? That’s where a clothes airer comes in handy. A clothes airer is essentially a portable clothesline that you can use indoors or out. There are many different types, from free-standing, tiny hanging, sock dryers, to over the door airers, but they all serve the same purpose: to help your clothes dry quickly and efficiently. So, whether you’re dealing with wet weather or just want to save some money on your energy bill, investing in a clothes airer can be a very smart option.

Why Buy a Clothes Airer?

Clothes airers come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they’re a more cost-effective way to dry your clothes. Tumble dryers use electrical energy, which has an impact on the environment but also is bad for your wallet. Airers, on the other hand, use no energy at all. And if you live in a unit, you don’t have to worry about venting the dryer to the outside. What could be more convenient than taking your basket of freshly washed clothes to the living room clothes airer, rather than the outdoor or communal washing line. Air drying clothes isn’t just cost, energy and time efficient, but is great for the longevity of your clothes too. Electric dryers are known for shrinking and damaging some garments as they dry.

Things to Consider

When choosing a clothes airer, it is important to consider your needs in terms of space, portability, and safety. If you have a small area, you may want to choose a compact model that can be easily stored when not in use.  Make sure it will fit in the space you have available, and that it can accommodate the amount of laundry you typically wash at one time.

Purchasing good quality laundry equipment will save you time and money in the long term. Howards Storage World sell a range of quality European designed clothes airers with outstanding functionality and durability. Here is a handy link to their site* Airing & Drying | Laundry | Howards Storage World (hsw.com.au)

For safety with children and pets, you need to think about the prevention of your airer being pulled over. Look for an airer with sturdy parallel supporting legs so it will be sturdy and steady inside and outside.

Which Airer Do I Need?

There are many different types of clothes airers on the market, but which one is right for you? If you’re looking for something space-saving and easy to use, then a tower airer might be the answer.

If you want something that you do not have to store in a cupboard when not in use, a wall fixed retractable airer could be the way to go.

And if you’re after something even a bit smaller and more fun, then how about an octopus airer? (https://www.hsw.com.au/portable-clothes-dryer/) This is perfect for drying small items.

Many airers come with features that make them more versatile, such as small item holders for socks and undies.

For drying delicate items such as jumpers or silk shirts, consider buying a mesh drying rack. This allows for drying without deforming, shrinking, or snagging.

Hot Tips when using your clothes airer

  1. Give your clothes the maximum spin at the end of the washing cycle, to extract more water, before going on the clothes airer
  2. Leave as much space as you can in between items on the clothes airer, to let the air circulate freely.
  3. Put the smallest items down low on the airer and let longer items hang from the outer, top levels.                                                                     *Howards Storage World have in the past commissioned me to write blogs for their website. This article first appeared in their Organising Inspo section. 
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