Welcome to “Ask the Butler,” our monthly series where we answer your questions related to garment care and maintenance. Our experts are ready to help you make the best choices to extend the beauty and life of your clothes.
This Month’s Question:
“I attend several professional conferences throughout the year. Many hotels do not have reliable laundering services in-house, and I rarely have time to find a local laundromat. If I need to quickly wash an outfit in my hotel room, how can I dry my clothes quickly without a dryer?” – Monica
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Hello, Monica. A dryer might be the most efficient way to dry clothes, but it certainly isn’t the only option to rely on. If you find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation, don’t lose hope! There are several ways to dry your clothes quickly using the basic tools at your disposal.
Follow these proven strategies to discover how to dry clothes quickly without a dryer.
1) Invest in a Drying Rack
Drying racks come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to create a space even when you’re short on a dryer. Did you know options exist for the frequent traveler, too? Consider these options from Amazon for future trips. Then it’s just a matter of finding an open area in your room to hang your clothes until they’re completely dry.
2) Let the Sun Serve as Your Dryer
On a sunny day, the sun and outdoor air can serve as your heat source. Use an outdoor balcony railing to position your wet clothes. While this method might not be your most efficient option, if you’re drying clothes on a hot, sunny day, it just might take less time than you’d expect.
3) Use the Towel Trick
An absorbent towel and an iron are all you need to dry a wet piece of clothing. Try this towel trick. First, wrap your wet garment in a towel and wring it out to remove excess moisture. Then, lay the clothing on an ironing board. Position a dry towel over it and slowly iron the towel and your damp garment under it. The iron will add warmth to the fabric, which will help soak up excess moisture and speed dry time.
4) Try a Hair Dryer
Speed up drying time with your hair dryer. Set your hair dryer on a high heat setting, and dry your clothes with this hair tool. Be sure to move the hair dryer over the entire garment to keep the air flow moving and prevent any fabric discoloration.
5) Flip on the Fan
If you have a standing fan or table fan in the hotel room, consider using it to dry quickly. Hold or hang your damp garment in front of the fan. The moving air, like fresh air outdoors, can help speed up the drying process.
6) Use Warm Air from a Radiator
Use a hotel room radiator as a source of indirect heat for clothes drying. Avoid positioning your garment directly on the radiator. Instead, hang it above it or place it on a chair or rack adjacent to the source.
The Bottom Line
A tumble dryer might work fast, but it’s not your only option when it comes to drying your clothes. Get creative and use these strategies for an efficient clothes-drying process even when a dryer isn’t available.
Don’t forget to read my FREE care guides on proper care for your treasured garments! If you need to update your hangers and other care accessories, Butler Luxury’s online selection of hangers and garment bags should be your first stop. We’re on Amazon, too!