A savvy mother has revealed how you can dry bed sheets in just an hour without using your dryer – claiming it saves more than £85 on electricity bills.
Heidi Ondrak, 51, from Plymouth, is making it her mission to try and help others manage their bills, having recently made headlines after sharing how you can cook 24 meals for less than £20.
She has 31,600 followers on her TikTok account @duchessofthrift and 240,500 likes across her videos, where she reveals her top tips for cutting down on costs.
In one of her most recent videos, Heidi reveals the key to drying your duvet covers – and it all comes down to the material of the sheets.
Heidi Ondrak, 51, from Plymouth, is making it her mission to try and help others manage their bills
In the clip, the mum reveals that she recently discovered that anything with a fleece material dries quickly.
After a quick trip to Dunelm, Heidi bought herself new fleece bedding for just £22, to see if they would dry any faster than her cotton ones.
She explains how after she washed them, she put them on one extra spin, and after taking them out, her new fleece sheets were practically dry.
The savvy mum worked out that by simply changing to less absorbent fleece bedding, she would be saving herself £88 a year on her electricity bill.
In the clip, the mum reveals that she recently discovered that anything with a fleece material dries quickly
Heidi has 31,600 followers on her TikTok account @duchessofthrift and 240,500 likes across her videos, where she reveals her top tips for cutting down on costs
‘I was washing and noticed that a fleece jumper came out of the washing machine almost dry,’ Heidi said.
‘I hadn’t fancied the teddy or fleece bedding before as it doesn’t look stylish, but I thought I would try and find some that looked great as I knew it would dry quickly like a fleece jumper.
‘Drying cotton over airers in this cold can take up to 48 hours and it makes the house damp.
‘Drying them in the tumble takes about 40 mins, my dryer is 2500W, and I worked out through an energy calculator that for 40 minutes, it would cost me 57p.
‘I have three double beds in the house so that is £1.71 if you wash bedding weekly or £88 a year.
‘It’s super soft, it’s very warm as well, and the best thing is, if you put it on an extra spin after you’ve washed it, it comes out practically dry,’ Heidi said of the Dunelm bedding
‘For me, it’s more about the inconvenience of having wet bedding hanging around the house and it means I can’t clear the laundry if I am using all the hanging space.
‘This fabric lasts so they will be good for years, so they are an investment for every winter for me.
‘I will store them away in spring with some Lenor sheets in a vacuum bag.’
At the end of the video, Heidi shows off her new bedding and describes it as ‘tasteful’.
The savvy mother said that cotton sheets are ‘doing my head in’ as they take longer to dry than her new fleece bed sheets
She adds: ‘I never really fancied it [fleece bedding] before and it’s only when I washed the fleece and I thought, you know what, a fleecy bedding set would dry really quick.
‘It’s super soft, it’s very warm as well, and the best thing is, if you put it on an extra spin after you’ve washed it, it comes out practically dry.’
Viewers were quick to comment on Heidi’s ‘brilliant’ discovery.
‘That’s me off to Dunelm,’ one person wrote.
Heidi recently made headlines after sharing how you can cook 24 meals for less than £20
Someone else said: ‘I bought a teddy bear duvet set and also the teddy sheet. Best thing I’ve bought in years. So cosy and super quick to dry.’
‘Yes the fleece stuff dries so quickly, I put a fleece blanket on top of my bed sheet to lie on, it was so warm,’ added another user.
Another person commented: ‘I got one a couple of weeks ago and I love everything about it.’
‘I have the teddy bedding and it dried literally in no time. Perfect for winter!’ said someone else.
Heidi hopes that by posting her advice online she can help other people like herself.
She added: ‘I’m just a mum trying to make ends meet like everyone else, I don’t have a silver bullet for this awful crisis and the impending energy hikes.
‘But I know that I like treats still and I don’t want all my wages to go on bills and food so I try to shave costs off them – buying second-hand means that I can still have nice things.
‘Pulling my belt in now means that I am getting used to living on less and being less wasteful.
‘I think our standard of living has been good for so long that all of this is a shock but at the same time we are wasteful, all of the ideas I share make me more sustainable as well as being frugal options.’