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Warning, health hazard: Do not just dry laundry in the apartment


Laundry must be hung up without a dryer. However, you should not necessarily do this in your home, as there are health risks.

Laundry must be hung up without a dryer. However, you should not necessarily do this in your home, as there are health risks.

  • In many households , people are forced to dry their laundry in the home .
  • However, drying clothes indoors brings problems - and even health risks.
  • With a few basics and a few simple tricks, you can save yourself a lot of stress when drying clothes.

Offenbach - 250 euros, 380 euros or 500 euros: Tumble dryers are not cheap and often consume a lot of electricity. When the washing machine beeps , many households only have one thing to do with the freshly washed clothes : Put them on the drying rack to dry . But if you don't own a balcony, terrace or cellar, you face a dilemma: Drying laundry in your apartment is not only space-consuming, it can also be expensive if things go wrong - and if in doubt even dangerous for your own Health . Those who don't take precautions should think twice. So there are a few things to consider, especially as a tenant.

Drying laundry in the apartment: humidity is the main problem


The energy of the morning sun lets the water evaporate from freshly washed trousers on a clothes horse.

© Bernd Thissen / dpa

The main problem is quickly explained: " Humidity " is the bad word. There is about two liters of water in a full laundry basket. When drying , the laundry releases its moisture into the room air. The humidity in the apartment then increases by an average of 30 percent. If you are not careful, you will quickly see the consequences on the walls. Suddenly black spots creep out from behind the furniture and in the corners. A clear case: it is mold .

The spores of the fungus are poisonous, can cause respiratory problems , cause allergies and, in the long run, even lead to asthma . In addition to these health hazards, damp, dirty walls are also a thorn in the side of potential landlords. They cannot legally prohibit their tenants from drying laundry in the apartment . But if the moisture causes damage, the cause has to pay for it. Professional mold removal often costs more than 1000 euros. If extensive renovations are necessary, it becomes even more expensive.

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Drying laundry in the apartment: that's easy

Such points of contention can easily be avoided with little effort. If you want to dry your freshly washed laundry in your apartment , you simply have to follow a few simple basics - and you can make life easier with a few tricks.

  • The key to laundry to dry in the apartment : Regularly airing, so that the moist air can escape to the outside. In summer you can leave your laundry by the open window, otherwise it is advisable to ventilate regularly for ten minutes. Also swipe through open doors or windows - in other areas - will help. Simply tilting the window is of little use: the air does not exchange effectively.
  • Preparation is everything. This also applies to a simple process like drying clothes . Tenants should clarify the issue with their landlord in advance . Perhaps he or she has already had experience with it - or even has a storage room that has not yet been used?
  • Also, before the first wash , it doesn't hurt to know what the level of humidity is in the home . This can be measured with a hygrometer that can be bought online or in the drugstore for around 15 euros. This can be used to test how the humidity has changed once the laundry is hanging.
  • If the type of laundry allows it, it is advisable to set the washing machine to the highest possible spin speed. This means that the clothes arrive less dripping on the drying rack and ultimately release less moisture into the air.
  • Choosing the right room in the apartment is crucial: One or more windows are practically indispensable. A little used space is ideal, but the bathroom does too, as it is designed for moisture . However, where there is a shower, the laundry also dries more slowly. The bedroom is usually not ideal because of the low temperatures, there are too many smells in the kitchen, there is often a lot going on in the living area and laundry is in the way.
  • If you can, leave enough space between the items of clothing when hanging up the drying laundry . This way the air circulates better. Additional tip: If you hang shirts or blouses on hangers, you save a few centimeters.

Drying laundry in the apartment: Dehumidifiers can help with moisture

If you follow these tips, you should n't have any problems drying your laundry in your home . However, if the air remains wet and stuffy despite everything, a dehumidifier may help . The electronic version is often only available from 100 euros upwards, but the simple version with granules is available on the drugstore shelf for less than ten euros. Both are cheaper than a tumble dryer - and you save yourself absurd mistakes when drying clothes . On top of that, there is no risk of damage to health.

Washing the bed linen is often not as easy as expected - you have to pay attention to a few things when it comes to the detergent and the washing program. ( ag )

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Source: merkur

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