Tired Of Damp And Smelly Clothes During The Monsoons? Here Are 7 Ways To Deal With Them

Written by Niharika Nayak

The monsoons are finally here and knocking down our doors. Who doesn’t love a little rain? You get to snack on pakoras, hot-hot chai, and so much more. Plus, how can we forget the incredibly refreshing fragrance of petrichor outside our windows? Monsoons are the ultimate weather to enjoy, but unfortunately, they can wreak havoc on our clothes drying schedule. If you live in an area where there’s a steady supply of rainfall, then you know exactly what we are talking about. The rains can be unpleasant and terrible for some of our favorite garments as there is less sunlight even when the weather is sunny. If you dry your clothes in a damp room, the microbes in the air can lead to further health problems and make your clothes smell foul. So here’s how to ensure that your clothes dry fast without getting smelly:

1. Use A Clothes Rack (Can Be Used Indoors)

Use A Clothes Rack (Can Be Used Indoors)

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A clothing rack is one of the best things you can use to dry your clothes indoors during the monsoon season. You just need to ensure that you dry the clothes in a well-ventilated room and ensure that you leave the fan on so that they dry super quickly. If you don’t have a washing machine or if your washing machine doesn’t have the drying feature, make sure that you wring your clothes thoroughly before you decide to dry them.

2. Make Use Of A Hairdryer

Make Use Of A Hairdryer

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If you’re in a hurry to dry your clothes, then this is definitely one of the best ways to do it. All you need to do is turn your clothes inside out, switch your blow dryer to its hottest setting and run the blow dryer over your clothes for a few minutes. We guarantee your clothes will be bone dry in just a few minutes! Note, that this will definitely cause your hairdryer to heat up, so we’re giving you a fair warning.

3. Prioritize Your Clothes

Prioritize Your Clothes

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As much as you would love to, the truth is that you cannot wash all your clothes at one time. It’s a better idea to prioritize the essential clothes that you need to wash in the first batch and the less important ones for later. Of course, this is a time-consuming task, but overloading your washer will only lead to your clothes not getting the adequate cleaning they need and smelling terrible. So make sure you prioritize your daily wear over your formal wear.

4. Control Indoor Moisture

Control Indoor Moisture

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The moisture indoors can also wreak havoc on your clothes and cause them to smell bad. If you dry your clothes in a damp room, they will stink up the place and leave your clothes smelling terrible. Of course, you can also make use of an air purifier and even a salt bag to get rid of excess air, but it’s best to ensure that the area is extremely well ventilated.

5. Iron Your Laundry

Iron Your Laundry

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While we all like to iron our clothes once they are dry, it’s a great idea to iron your clothes and dry them off completely if you’re in a bit of a hurry. Ironing your clothes will help get rid of the leftover moisture as well as the dampness of your clothes. If you find that there are certain parts of your clothes that are damper than the rest, make sure that you iron them out well and leave them to dry.

6. Add Lemon Juice While Washing Your Clothes

Add Lemon Juice While Washing Your Clothes

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Adding lemon juice along with your detergent is a fantastic way to leave your clothes dry and have them smelling pretty great. Not only will they help leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean, but they will get rid of any unpleasant stains or pesky odors too!

7. Lay Out Your Clothes On A Towel

Lay Out Your Clothes On A Towel

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One of the best ways to dry your clothes super quickly is to lay out a towel and dry your clothes on it. Simply twisting the excess moisture out of your clothes is not enough, but using a dry towel to absorb the humidity will definitely prevent moisture from being reabsorbed back into your clothes. So lay out some dry towels, turn your fan to full speed, and spread out your clothes (with good spacing).

Drying your clothes during the monsoons can be quite an annoying task to deal with. We cannot change or postpone any of our routines due to the rains or stormy weather, but we can definitely alter it. Hence, do try making use of these drying tips and tricks to get dry and non-smelly clothes without much hassle. Do let us know if any of these tips and tricks were of help to you in the comment section below!

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Niharika has a passion for all things art, music and travel. During her spare time she likes experimenting in the kitchen, painting pop culture icons and chasing after random street cats. Her dream is to one day own an amusement park so she can ride roller coasters for free.