There are plenty of reasons why your wellies might be soaked. You might have been caught in a particularly severe storm, waded a little too far into the river, or the kids thought puddle jumping as hard as they can would be a great laugh (and it probably was). But what about drying them?
If you’re looking to dry wellies quick, it couldn’t be simpler. You have classic methods like using newspaper, a heater, and even a hairdryer to get things back to normal. But there are some tricks, like nappies and rice for absorbing moisture, that are a little more outside the box.
But that was just a quick look at some of the methods you can use. Ready for the details? You’re in the right place, and the full guide is below.
Wet Neoprene Wellies
Neoprene linings are so comfortable, breathable, and gentle against your skin. But, when they get soaked they really absorb all that liquid. So, how do you go about drying wet neoprene wellies? It’s simple, easy, and cheap. Plus, you have five great techniques to choose from.
As a side note, the drying methods below are not exclusive to neoprene wellies and can be used for any lining to help get them dry again.
Bonus Tip: if you are lucky enough to have an aga or a similar cooking range, you can place your neoprene wellies upside down in front of it and allow the heat from the stove to dry them naturally.
As tempting as it is to place your wellies on top of the heater, you should never do this. Heat and rubber don’t go well together, and it can cause swelling as well as warping that makes them fit poorly. However, you can place them in front of the heater and they will dry quickly.
Our pro tip for faster drying using this method is to leave them upside down in front of the heater. This ensures the water runs out through the top of the boot and not only helps to boost the drying time but also reduces the risk of that awful damp smell afterwards.
The most traditional method, and one of the best. Stuff your boots full of newspaper and allow them to soak up all the water. If they are really saturated, you may need to remove and replace the paper at least once (possibly more).
You can combine this method with the heater to speed up the drying time, placing your waterlogged wellies in front of it to allow them a better chance of drying before morning.
This works a lot like the newspaper method. You can place a few nappies in the boots and because they are so much more absorbent you will find that they dry a lot faster. Plus, you won’t need to change them nearly as much as newspaper (if at all).
The only downside to using nappies is that they are not very environmentally friendly. Unlike newspaper, they cannot be recycled and so create a lot of waste. We would only recommend this method if you have some unused ones lying around.
While this method is most commonly used for phones, it can be used for your boots as well. All you need to do is fill them with rice and allow them to sit so that the rice can soak up all the water. They should be left overnight at a minimum but ideally for a couple of days.
It works a lot like a giant sponge, and you can expect to return to something that resembles rice pudding afterwards. However, it is actually very easy to just tip it out (the compost heap is the perfect place) and you can just wipe the interior down afterwards. Great for saturated wellies.
This method is best for wellies that are damp as opposed to wet or soaked. This is because you shouldn’t expose your wellies to too much direct heat (in case they warp or swell) but also because it uses a lot of power and may cause your hairdryer to burn out.
So, for boots that are just a little damp, you can take your hairdryer and slide it inside the top of the boot. Switch it on and allow the heat to do its work, drying the interior quickly so that you can get back to wearing them. You’ll have to do one boot at a time, but it will be fairly fast.
As a quick safety reminder, make sure the fan on the back of your hairdryer has plenty of space to breathe and push out that hot hair. Covering this area can cause fires as well as permanent damage to break your hairdryer. If it sounds like it’s struggling, switch it off and reposition it.
Can you dry boots in the dryer?
Sure, you can dry your boots in the dryer but it might not end well for your wellies. The heat can cause them to warp, misshaping the boot so that it no longer fits your feet properly. Instead, it is better to follow our advice above.
Can you dry boots in the oven?
Definitely not. While some recommend drying them at a low temperature in the oven, you have to remember that boots are made of rubber. Exposure to heat can cause them to swell and burst, which is pretty messy for you to clean up. The sole is particularly susceptible to this.
At least while your wellies dry you can take the time to settle down with a cup of tea and warm up yourself. While some of these methods might seem a little odd, each of them is highly effective and will leave you ready for a new day of walking or working in no time at all.
Looking for more advice on how to care for your wellies? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect pair? Make sure you check out our detailed care and buying guides so that you can take advantage of our best tips and tricks.
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