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Can You Dry Clothes in The Microwave

using microwave to dry clothes

This has got to be one of the most bizarre questions I’ve ever had to answer.

Yes, there are really people out there who seriously want to know if they can dry clothes on a microwave. The fact that you landed on this page, and are reading this article, means you may be one of these people.

Now, let’s cut to the chance – no, you cannot use a microwave to dry clothes, as it is a serious fire hazard and can damage clothing.

If you’re really that desperate to get your clothes dry without a tumble dryer at home, or the weather too cold outside for drying, there are alternative options.

Why You Shouldn’t Dry Clothes in a Microwave

Have you ever wondered if it is possible to dry damp laundry by heating it in the microwave when you’re in a rush? Like I’ve already mentioned, do not try this, as you could cause a fire or severe damage.

When You need Clothes Dried, Fast

I get it, you’re in a rush for work, and your work clothes are still wet from washing the night before, or you’re running late, and those socks aren’t drying quick enough over the radiator.

It may be tempting to look for extreme ways to dry though close when you’re under pressure, but the microwave is off the list here, and don’t even look at that oven.

Be cautious! There is a high danger of fire when things are zapped in the microwave that just isn’t supposed to be there, and clothes are one of these things.

Let me list the pros and cons of drying laundry using microwaves, just in case you’re unsure.


  • Almost all homes have a microwave.

That’s the single only pro here, nothing else to see here – move on.


  • Could burn your house to the ground
  • Damaged expensive clothing
  • Set off smoke alarms
  • Damage to appliance
  • You’ll look like an idiot explaining carnage

Alternative Drying Methods

While it is possible to heat clothes using the microwave – oven with the most care – we do not recommend this option because it’s simply unsafe.

An alternative is when things need to move quickly, using the steam iron, or hairdryer. Both are likely products you have at home, which you require active use, and control your own temperature of the temperature at which the item is.

Dry Clothes by Ironing

A safer and more efficient alternative to using the microwave or oven is drying your clothes using the heat from an iron. It is dependent on the fabric, you must be extra cautious and anticipate that the garments will be somewhat clammy after the ironing.

Drying this way is especially suitable for tiny areas or parts of clothing that aren’t dry. It could be, for instance, sleeves that are rolled up or the zipper or button of the jeans.

Iron the damp or damp clothing at a higher temperature (not too high to cause burning). The more wet the garment is more soaked, the more steam will be released by heating, and that steams means less water (dampness) in your clothes.

When using this method, use the iron dry without the steam function on.

The clothing that is sensitive must be ironed at a low temperature. If there is doubt, put a fabric between the iron and the clothing to shield the fibres and check the label symbols for ironing suitability.

After you have ironed, hang your garment on the hanger for a short time to let it air dry as well as so that the garments no longer feel uncomfortable when worn.

Use a Hairdryer

Drying wet or damp clothing using a hairdryer is more effective. It is only necessary to be aware of one factor: distance! Place your clothes around 30cm between the hairdryer nozzle, like your drying your own hair.

Wet and damp clothes are able to be dried quickly thanks to the heat of the wind which has been used for a long time and can prove to be very sensible and beneficial for emergency situations involving clothing.

If the item is particularly delicate, it is recommended to only start the initial step of the hairdryer on medium heat. You should also ensure that the piece of clothing isn’t held too close to the dryer. In general, it is recommended to avoid putting the hairdryer directly on the object of clothing to prevent damage to the material and the hairdryer.

Bottom line – do not attempt to microwave dry your clothes, use these other, safer, and more sensible methods.