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Don't just dry your laundry in your apartment - it will be expensive and dangerous

2020-10-08T15:09:25.481Z

If you just hang laundry up in your apartment, you're making a serious mistake. Because it can be dangerous and expensive.



If you just hang laundry up in your apartment, you're making a serious mistake.

Because it can be dangerous and expensive.

  • In many

    households

    , people have to

    dry

    their

    laundry in the home

    .

  • However, drying clothes

    indoors brings problems - and even health risks.

  • How to 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

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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.

The #FGK updated Status Report 8 with questions and answers on #Room air humidity in good time for the beginning of the #heating period.



To the status report: https://t.co/Pr27ByYJ9b



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- FGK (@FGK_eV) October 8, 2019

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

)

List of rubric lists: © Bernd Thissen / dpa

Source: merkur

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