Dry your clothes properly
Don’t wash. Don’t tumble-dry. Dry.
Many clothes and shoes don’t always need to be washed. You don’t need to wash shoes and boots that have gotten wet or overalls that have gotten dirty on the knees. Simply brush off the dirt and hang or place them in your drying cabinet. They’ll be dry again after an hour or two on low heat.
It goes without saying that clothes and shoes experience significantly less wear and tear if you wash and dry them less often. It’s also faster and you save energy. It’s hardly a coincidence that so many preschools use drying cabinets - drying many garments is quick and practical.
Turn the heat on - but only when necessary
A drying cabinet can dry clothes with or without using heat. Many times you don’t even need to start your drying cabinet for your laundry to be dry. Just leave the cabinet’s door ajar, and your clothes will be dry a few hours later. The energy cost will then, obviously, equate to zero. If you turn the heat on in your drying cabinet, your clothes will dry as quickly as in a tumble dryer. Also consider this:
- Adjust the time and efficiency based on how much laundry you’ve hung in the cabinet. A little laundry - less time. A lot of laundry - more time. It takes about 90-120 minutes to dry a load of four kilos of laundry in a drying cabinet.
- Many drying cabinets are controlled by sensors these days. A sensor will detect when your clothes are dry and switch the heat off. A small amount of laundry can thus be dry in 20 minutes. You’ll get clothes that are soft, dry and comfortable to wear. You also save money by only paying for the heat that’s needed. If you use a drying cabinet with heat pump technology, it costs less than one Swedish crown per hour.
Hang your laundry correctly and close together
In a drying cabinet, you can dry 16 metres of laundry on less than half a square metre of floor space. Your drying cabinet takes up significantly less space than, for example, a rickety drying rack and there’s never a risk of it tipping over. Anyone in your family (short or tall, young or old) can easily hang clothes in your drying cabinet, whenever they need to. This is obviously a good thing, because the gentlest way to dry freshly washed clothes is to hang them up. In a drying cabinet you can also choose whether you’d like to flat dry or drip dry your garments. Thick and knitted garments feel good after being dried lying down, i.e. flat. So hang correctly, close together and energy-efficient.
Take care of your clothes
There’s an old jungle saying that says “You dry the clothes you’re afraid of in your drying cabinet”. And it’s actually true! In fact, many garments can’t even be tumble-dried; they shrink, get wrinkled or ruined. This includes, among other things, training clothes, overalls, shirts, blouses and skirts. When you take care of your clothes, you save money, you can use your clothes for longer and you don’t have to buy new ones so often.
If you’re unsure, check the care label inside of the garment. You won’t find any symbol with a crossed out drying cabinet. Everything can be dried in a drying cabinet - it takes care of all your clothes. With a sensor-controlled drying cabinet, you get clothes and towels that are soft, smooth and warm when taken out. You also don’t ever risk overdrying them and making them stiff. When your laundry’s dry, your laundry’s done!
You decide the drying pace
How in a hurry are you? A drying cabinet can dry laundry just as quickly as a tumble dryer. That can be useful to know if you’re short on time. If you have plenty of time, you can let your drying cabinet run on lower power for a few more hours - without your laundry going all sour. Or just leave the door ajar, and your laundry will dry itself. With a drying cabinet, you therefore have a quick dryer, a slow dryer or a well-sized drying rack - you decide which one it should be when. Regardless what you choose, you’ll keep energy consumption at a sensible level and keep more pennies in your pocket.