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How to dry pants fast

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Typical. You’ve just washed your dress pants and then you remember you’ve got a date tonight. You could wear a different pair, but your heart is set on those wool-blend slacks. The slightly damp ones hanging on the clothes rack. How to dry pants quickly? We’ve got some tips for you!

Dry pants fast—the easiest (but least likely) method

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 pants is to toss 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 fibers. You’ll find out by checking the care label—most pants won’t be suited to tumble drying. However, pants 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 pants!

How to dry pants fast—the safest method

This method will take a little longer than the last one and is our next option—but it is certainly the safest method. This way to dry pants fast falls back on Mother Nature and air-dries them. You can speed this process up by wrapping your pants 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 pants will be easier after they’re dry!

Once you’ve squeezed out as much of the moisture from your pants as possible, hang them up in a well-ventilated area, such as on a clothesline 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 pants fast. Alternatively, place your pants next to a fan and let the fan create some artificial wind to hurry things along.

How to dry pants quickly—an emergency method

If you haven’t got a tumble dryer or can’t put your pants into one, and you’re in too much of a hurry to towel wrap and air-dry your pants, you can try our emergency method: Use a hairdryer. That’s right, your trusty hairdryer can come to the rescue if you’re wondering how to dry pants fast—but there is a specific method to this madness. Here’s how:

  1. Lay your pants down on a dry towel, so the towel can absorb excess moisture while you work.
  2. Standing about a foot away from the fabric of your pants, start slowly (h)air-drying the pants using the hairdryer.
  3. Be like Goldilocks: Moving too fast will mean the fabric won’t dry. But moving too slowly could damage the fabric, so find the golden middle here.
  4. 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 select 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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