Getting your gear dry in rainy weather

When I wash my running gear (and other clothes for that matter) in the morning and hang it on a clothes dryer in the house it can take 2 days to dry and then smells mouldy and needs washing again.

Anyone else got this problem and found a solution?  I don't want to put heating on just to dry clothes or buy a tumble dryer which I don't have space for anyway.



  • LOL - I hang mine on the upstairs landing banister. The warm air rising dries it in no time image
  • Hi Gaz - I get better results from the banister but it's right by the muddy running shoe rack. image  Maybe I'll have to stop being so hygiene-obsessed.
  • I do as GZM does but having said that my running kit never takes 2 days to dry on the maiden......... What is you kit made out of?  Alternatively hang it outside when its not raining - it will take all day to dry but not a problem.  Now you're going to tell me you live in a bungalow or in a flat....... image.  Do you have an airing cupboard? Thats where my wet trainers go.
  • Why do you take your muddy shoes upstairs?
  • I stick running gear in the airing cupboard to dry on wet days too.
  • change your washing machine for a washer/dryer combo thingy?

    put a dryer in your shed / garage?

    or buy a de-humidifier...will help speed things up, but might cost a fair bit in electricity so might as well put the heating on! 

    if your kit is made of technical material it should be more or less dry when it comes out of the machine...mine rarely take more than a few hours to totally dry.

  • wish I had an airing cupboard.

    I have this prob too Parky.  Not found a solution yet apart from a squirt of febreze image

  • Put it on whilst still wet and run around in it until it's dry???

    You might need to take an umbrella though image

  • I have trouble with all of my clothes not just training clothes.
  • I have this problem too. Not so much with my tops as they're lightweight wicking fabric, but I had the airer in my little utility room, and it was taking ages to dry, so brought dryer out into kitchen at night and air circulating in there seems to work a treat.
  • No shed or garage - that's inner city living for you. image  No airing cupboard.  No space in skinny entrance corridor' for shoe rack.

    Tigerlily - my kit's the usual wicking, quick-dry material but leggings with a waistband can take 2 days to dry.  I think having a dark house doesn't help - it's overlooked by huge walls at front and back because it's right next to a railway line and backs on to some shops.  When we had all that rain earlier in the year, my favourite Odlo top was on the line for 3 days while I was at work because of the unpredictable weather.  When I eventually brought it in, it smelt of rotting leaves and I had to throw it. image

  • Oh and another question, when the mould smell sets in, it seems to hang around for a few washes until it completely goes.  Is this due to mould spores or something?
  • Just googled this and baking soda is supposed to be good.  I shall give it a go
  • I have this problem when I wash my sports kit on the quick or delicates cycle, which doesn't spin out very fast so they're still dripping wet when they come out of the machine. Not a problem in summer, they just dry off in the warm conservatory.

    In winter I give them an extra high-speed spin so they're just a bit damp afterwards, and then onto the clothes horse by the radiator.

    I know what you mean about the smell, though.

  • Slap some conditioner in next wash, seems to work & you'll whiff nice when out running.
  • I jusat have to put on the heating for a couple of hours.leave the clothes on the radiators and over the banisters .then have another blast with the heating later other way with so much washing going on
  • Bung the heating on and put the kit next to that. I hate that mildewy smell that some people have.
  • Thanks everyone.  I'll try those things - baking soda; airer in kitchen; blast of heating for an hour or so

    I already do extra spinning and have started to use 'nice'-smelling eco fabric conditioner, rather than vinegar.  Might put baking soda/bicarb in at the fab con stage now tho'.

    Shimmy shimmy wrote (see)
    I have trouble with all of my clothes not just training clothes.

    I had to take my jeans off the drier yesterday and put them straight back in the wash.  Pooh!  *Holds nose in disgust.*

  • That's it Coughie - mildew.  That's the smell.  I've never gone out in gear smelling of it tho', so you haven't smelt me. image  I can't bear to put anything on when it smells of that smell.

    I'll just have to get used to putting the heating on when it's not really necessary. image

  • I've got a friend with a heated airer. I don't know how cost-efficient the airer is but the room does heat up a bit and she has nice toasty towels image (as well as dry clothes!) 

  • I find fabric conditioner just doesn't get rid of it.  The Ecover stuff is really pants.  I have been using the comfort one.  Still not quite enough to stop the smell though
  • Wow Little N - could be the answer.

    I found that too Shim - clothes end up smelling like those old ladies who cover themselves with perfume to save having to wash. image

  • don't bother washing it??
  • that is a worse smell than mould image
  • I did circuit training the other morning before work in a brand new vest top then put it on a radiator at work to 'freshen it up' before running home in it.  I could smell curry all the way home.  I'd had it for tea the night before.  Secondhand curry smells better than mildew tho' I reckon. imageimage
  • You wouldn't want to smell my secondhand curry.
  • ooo, now that you mention it Little N, I saw an advert for one of those heated airers in a catalogue that came with the Sky magazine this month...I'm sure they are about £70 though.

    As for fabric conditioner, I thought that spoils the wicking properties of sports kit.

  • No to fabric conditioner as Misfit says.

    Parky, are you washing your kit hot enough? Not very Green but I do mine at 60 degress to kill bacteria with Persil bio and it smells nice and fresh.

    I dry mine on a wooden expandable airer on the landing (heat rises) plus we've a small cottage... or in the airing cupboard for thicker items and my VFFs.

  • Hi Siance - all my kit's 40 degrees, so I usually do it at this except in the summer when I use the 35 degree economy wash.  Last night I experimented with bicarb in the wash and putting laundry on banisters at top of stairs.  Will report back.
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