Shoppers scramble to buy ‘game changer’ gadget that costs 5p to run and helps dry two loads of washing in four hours | The Sun
14th November 2023

IT'S that time of year when it’s no longer convenient to dry our clothes outside on a line anymore. 

Thanks to harsh weather and high energy bills many of us are trying to figure out a way to dry our clothes quickly and affordably. 

If you find yourself in a similar predicament your solution might be a dehumidifier. 

Dehumidifiers are typically used to help get rid of damp in homes.

People normally use them to keep their homes damp-free while drying their clothes inside the house.

And the best part about them is they are very cheap to run. 

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One shopper rushed to Facebook to share the game-changing method she had developed. 

Taking inspiration from Martin Lewis, the shopper said she started using a dehumidifier to wash two loads of clothes in just four hours. 

She said: “Today I took delivery of a dehumidifier unit. It was one recommended by Martin Lewis as a good way to dry washing in the winter months.”

The shopper explained the dehumidifier came with a laundry function.

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She said: “It has a laundry setting in fact and is much less energy-thirsty than a tumble drier. I was very excited and did two large loads of washing to put it to the test.”

“I put it all in my wc, small room as it makes sense as would draw out the moisture more efficiently in a smaller space.

"I set the dehumidifier going. It was a mixed load, a variety of fabrics and thicknesses, from pants to towels. 4 hours. All dry.”

The post racked up over 3,000 likes and 723 comments and Facebook users said the gadget was a game changer. 

One user said: “I agree. My humidifier warmed my house as it takes all the cold water out of the air.” 

“I have done this for years,” claimed another. 

A third user claimed: “I brought mine a month ago best thing I ever brought.”

A fourth said: “This is probably the best advice I've read in weeks.”

The savvy shopper said she bought a Meaco Arete dehumidifier that can hold around 12L of water. 

These are quite pricey at £190 in Argos, but Meaco reckons a dehumidifier of this size costs just 5p an hour to run. 

If you're looking for something a little cheaper Currys has a Daewoo Dehumidifier for £59.99, these are a bit smaller so would be suited to smaller rooms. 

Currys says it helps prevent condensation and damp and comes with a two-year guarantee.

Don’t forget as well there is always the option of a non-electric dehumidifier.

Similar to electric dehumidifiers, they work by sucking extra moisture out of the air, but these have the added bonus of being completely free to run.

Most supermarkets sell these online and in-store for a few bob, Savers even have a deal where you can get three for £2.79.

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Here are some other insulation hacks you could try this winter.

Draught excluders are another great hack, they stop cold air coming in from underneath draughty doors. 

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You can get some for as little as a fiver in most stores but a thick blanket rolled up will work just as well.

Other things that can help include not leaving your clothes to dry on radiators, and always cooking with ventilation.

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