Prevent condensation and mold during the winter with a cheap hack
In addition to condensation, not turning on the heater also means that laundry can take longer than usual to dry, if a household does not have a dryer or does not want to use one. Having wet clothes lying around can also lead to mold. Luckily, Ms. Hinch fans have shared inexpensive and effective ways to prevent condensation and mold during the winter months.
Ms Hinch is a cleaning influencer with over four million followers on Instagram. She is so popular that cleaning enthusiasts have created Facebook pages in her honor.
On one such page, with over 100,000 members, a Ms. Hinch fan wanted to know if she should buy a dehumidifier to dry her washed clothes and prevent mildew.
Teigan Kemp wrote: “Hi, I’m currently using my spare bedroom to house the drying rack for my washed clothes as I refuse to turn on the heater to dry all the laundry I do.
“I’m looking to get a dehumidifier to prevent any mold for the king in the bedroom. Due to the obvious cost increase, I’m wondering if the pictured dehumidifiers are efficient or better to buy an electric one.”
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Sharon Milnes recommended using this type of dehumidifier in the bedroom, saying, “I use these in my bedroom to keep condensation at bay and prevent mold. Worth the price. Try it and if it doesn’t work no, try other options.”
Tracey Clements commented: “Been using these for years now and they work great, usually from B&M.”
Sophie Rebecca Pattinson said: “These worked great in my old house, they were really effective and the condensation was pretty bad! Definitely worth trying first and seeing if it works for you.”
Tracy Louise Forbes wrote, “I put them next to my clothes when they dry and they’re fabulous. They also last a few weeks and that helps a lot. I’ve also put them in the windows as they hate condensation.”
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Sue Sims Broady recommended: “These are good for small spaces, I’ve used them successfully in closets. I recently bought a dehumidifier with laundry function and it’s been a game changer.”
Anne McSherry shared, “You can buy a lot cheaper at book stores etc. But I swear by them.”
Rachel Spight said: “I use them all the time in my bathroom and they work great!! I’ve never had a problem with them, they last a good two months before I need to replace them.”
But other Ms Hinch fans have advised investing in an electric dehumidifier, instead of crystals.
Vicky Wilkinson recommended: “Get an electric one with a wash setting, these are better for window sills and general condensation.”
Sarah Bean said: “It would work, but an electric one would work faster to dry clothes and obviously wouldn’t need to be replaced.”
Carolyn Hamer wrote: “Certainly electric for drying clothes, but I find them handy on windowsills and areas where condensation is trapped.”
Nicola Loveridge added: “I’ve only used an electric one but I think they would fill up very quickly if you used them to dry clothes so I think you’d be better off in the long run with an electric one. . I don’t think they’re expensive to run.”