How to cleverly dry your clothes in rainy weather without a bad smell

That rain is one of the biggest enemies of freshly hung clothes is no surprise to anyone. From September onwards the weather becomes a real unknown and, with it, we also end up adopting the role of clairvoyants when it comes to deducing when will be the right time to install washing machines.

Some regions enjoy a practically rain-free year, while in others showers are part of the normality of every winter. Either way, laundry continues to be a task that is part of everyday life, and if there’s one thing every home wants to avoid, it’s ending up wearing clothes soaked in odor humidity.

Rain forces us to stay indoors, often in closed spaces where it is easier for clothes to acquire this unwanted effect. However, there is a simple trick that avoids this problem and which, precisely thanks to its simplicity, has managed to go viral on the networks.

“The secret for clothes to dry well on these occasions is to place them vertically, that is, from top to bottom, rather than on the side, as we usually hang them,” explains Sabrina Nazari, extension worker, at from the story of Remedios en Casa on TikTok.

In this way, the quantity of clothes included on the clothesline is multiplied, while leaving more space between the clothes avoiding folding them in half. With this tip we fulfill a dual purpose that allows us to dry clothes more easily and take advantage of the space in the house, which is particularly useful for those who live in small apartments.

Other rain-proof tips

In addition to this, there are other solutions that can help us in the task of drying clothes quickly despite the limitations of the interior. Here are some additional tips:

  • 1Don’t overload the washing machine: If you do, the clothes will come out less clean and wetter, further slowing down the drying process.
  • Select long spin programs: To dry clothes as quickly as possible, choose long programs that will help reduce drying times.
  • Use dryer balls: These balls, usually plastic or wool, reduce drying time, remove wrinkles and soften clothes. They absorb a large amount of wash water, causing clothes to come out with less moisture. You can buy them in stores or make your own using a ball of wool and a stocking.
  • Choose a good type of clothesline: Opt for a clothesline with foldable wings and of sufficient size to leave space between clothes. You may also consider using electric clotheslines that include heating cables. If you don’t have one, place the rope near radiators (but not directly on them).
  • Use large hangers for larger clothes: If you want to dry shirts, pants or jackets, it is best to hang them with hangers. This increases the drying surface and prevents the appearance of wrinkles.

By following these tips, you will be able to dry your clothes quickly on rainy days, without them taking on a damp smell. Enjoy fresh, dry clothes, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.