Cloths shouldn't be left to dry indoors: some of the most important reasons

Alison Forde

November 02, 2021

Cloths shouldn't be left to dry indoors: some of the most important reasons

We all do it when the weather is not good outside, when it rains, when it's too windy or when there is too much humidity: we hang the clothes inside our house to dry; a practice that all of us have undertaken at least once in our lives, without however knowing that it can have unwanted side effects that can potentially damage the health of those who live within the home. Here are some reasons why it's never a great idea to dry clothes indoors, although you might not know it!

via The Independent



The humidity left in the atmosphere by clothes that are not yet dry can cause respiratory problems: this is especially true for asthmatic people; for them, it's rare to suffer serious effect from dangerous mold, however, it can be detrimental to their health to share the same air indoors with particularly damp linen or fabrics.
Humidity can cause more serious respiratory infections: a high level of humidity in the air, especially inside the house, can generate not only serious problems for all those people who already suffer from asthma, but also give life to unsuspected respiratory tract infections, which are absolutely to be avoided.
Mold can spread quickly in the room: if we hang the laundry in a room at home, the humidity inside the room increases by about 30%, precisely because the moisture that remains in the damp laundry evaporates and the air we breathe can be loaded with invisible molds and fungi that are potentially harmful to our health. 


It could increase the sensation of cold in the room: in the same indoor environment in which we hung our clothes to dry, the sensation of cold could increase; sometimes this sensation is so strong in our bones that we tend paradoxically to increase our use of heating, such as radiators and air conditioners.
How to avoid these unpleasant consequences? First of all, you should let the clothes dry outside as much as possible. If you can, let them dry during the morning and afternoon hours, as the light and the sun accelerate the drying process. If possible, leave space between one piece of clothing and the other to make sure that the fabrics can "breathe" and that the air is not excessively loaded with humidity; if some of the laundry is already dry compared to other items of clothing, do not hesitate to remove them immediately from the drying rack.
Tell us the truth, you too have hung your clothes to dry indoors at least once in your life, haven't you?