Typical. You’ve just washed your dress trousers, and then you remember you’ve got a date tonight. You could wear a different pair, but your heart is just set on those wool-blend slacks. The ones slightly damp, hanging on the clothes rack. How to dry trousers quickly? We’ve got some tips for you!
Perhaps this one is a touch too obvious – but when you’re in a panic, even the simplest things can slip your mind. The fastest way to dry trousers is to pop them in the tumble dryer and wait for the dryer to do its thing. However, this tip won’t work for those wool-blend slacks we talked about, nor for any trousers with synthetic fibres. You’ll find out by checking the care label – most trousers won’t be suited to tumble drying. However, trousers that are suited will be dry in the blink of an eye if you use the tumble dryer. Just make sure the settings aren’t too hot so you don’t shrink the trousers! If you need tips on how to clean your dryer so that your trousers are extra clean, we have a handy article for that.
This method will take a little longer than the last one and our next option – but it is certainly the safest method. The safest way to dry trousers fast is to fall back on mother nature and air dry them. You can speed this process up by wrapping your trousers in a towel first, and gently squeezing out any excess moisture into the absorbent towel. This can also help reduce wrinkles, meaning that ironing your dress trousers will be easier after they’re dry!
Once you’ve squeezed out as much of the moisture from your trousers as possible, hang them up in a well-ventilated area, such as on a clothes line outside, or by an open window if you live in an apartment without a balcony. Warm air is better than cold, but any wind will help dry trousers fast. Alternatively, place your trousers next to a fan and let the fan create some artificial wind to hurry things along.
If you haven’t got a tumble dryer, or can’t put your trousers into one, and you’re in too much of a hurry to towel-wrap-and-air-dry your trousers, you can try our emergency method. Using a hairdryer. That’s right, your trusty hairdryer can come to the rescue if you’re wondering how to dry trousers fast – but there is a specific method to this madness. Here’s how:
- Lay down your trousers on a dry towel, so the towel can absorb excess moisture while you work.
- Standing about a foot away from the fabric of your trousers, start slowly (h)air-drying the trousers using the hairdryer.
- Be like Goldilocks: Moving too fast will mean the fabric won’t dry. But moving too slow could damage the fabric, so find the golden middle here.
- Once you’ve done one side, flip the trousers over onto a fresh, dry towel, and repeat the process.
Note that sensitive fabrics like silk and wool will get damaged from too much heat, so use the cool air setting on your hairdryer when using this technique for those fabrics. Heat can help dry things faster, but can also damage them if you’re not careful.
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