Can you dry clothes in the oven? (+2 alternatives)

In this brief study, we will answer the question, “can you dry clothes in the oven?” and will guide you through the process of using the oven to dry.

Can you dry clothes in the oven?

Yes, you can dry your clothes in the oven, especially the little and flexible clothing. As an example, a microwave is designed to heat rather than to dry food and other items.

Microwave heat penetrates wet clothing just an inch deep, allowing it to dry them quickly. The only way to dry a big folded cloth is to dry it on the outside. When wet clothes are exposed to heat, the water in them evaporates and the garments dry.

Electrical fires are caused by drying large items in the microwave, such as shirts, trousers, and bed linens. It is not recommended, but it should be used as a last option in extreme circumstances.

Oven (small items only)

Preheat the oven to 1000 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes before turning it off. Place small pieces of clothes on a baking sheet, making sure that nothing comes into contact with the oven’s element or walls. Bake for 20 minutes.

Keep in mind that this is a rather slow choice. It takes an hour and a half to cook up two pairs of boxer shorts in the oven. Furthermore, humidity builds up inside the oven, slowing down the process and wreaking havoc on the equipment and components.

How to Determine Whether a Cloth Can Be Microwaved?

It is difficult to tell whether or not a cloth is microwave safe just by glancing at its surface. Even the tiniest labels on clothes are often insufficient to indicate if the material is microwave-safe.

Even if you are certain that the fabric is microwave safe, you may be ignorant that a little metal zip or button is hidden inside the cloth. Determine if the material is likely microwave-safe by looking at the components listed on the fabric label and how they behave when exposed to high temperatures and fire.

Steps to be followed for microwave drying

In an emergency when the only viable option for drying your clothes is to use a microwave, the following steps should be followed:

Step 1

Check to ensure that the cloth you wish to dry is compact and devoid of metal or plastic components before you begin. It is best not to use a dirty towel for this task since it may cause your kitchen to smell bad later on.

Step 2

Covering the cloth with a bowl will help to guarantee the safety of the microwave. In the case that the fabric catches fire, you will just need to replace the shirt and bow, rather than the microwave itself, and you will save money.

Step 3

Reduce the temperature of the microwave to about 50% of its maximum setting. Keep the garment in the microwave for no more than 10 seconds.

Step 4

Using potholders, gently remove it from the microwave and feel the warmth of the food. If it is very hot, waft it about until it cools down. Check to see whether it has dried completely.

Step 5

If the cloth is still wet, repeat the previous processes, each time at a 50 percent higher temperature and for just 10 seconds each time interval. It is possible to dry the cloth by placing it on the hunger for a few minutes after the majority of the moisture has evaporated.

Other alternatives for drying your clothes

Following are the alternatives for drying your clothes on a rainy day.

The use of a hairdryer

If you’re in a hurry, you may quickly and easily dry your clothes by blow-drying them with your hairdryer. However, it is not completely about the heat, since the blowing is what accomplishes the job. Low heat and high fan blower settings should be used to gently spin the item of clothes while also blowing all over the piece of clothing.

Blow out all of the pockets, sleeves, collars, and any other crevices and nooks and crannies you can find on your clothing. If any damp spots remain, they will serve as breeding grounds for bacteria and mold.

Tea towels and an ironing board 

Tea towels may be used to protect your ironing board. Place the cleaned item of clothes on top of the tea towel and cover with a second tea towel. Repeat with the other pieces of clothing. Iron the tea cloth straight over it from edge to edge from beginning to end.

However, the tea towels protect the clothing from direct heat, which would cause the wet fabric to melt, while still allowing enough heat to flow through. Additionally, it’s a fantastic steam method for eliminating wrinkles from the skin.


In this brief study, we answered the question, “can you dry clothes in the oven?” and guide you through the process of using the oven to dry.


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