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How does an air dry work?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24430points) 1 month ago

I hung up my wet sweatpants in the bathtub, and I was wondering how the science behind air drying works?

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smudges's avatar

air drier than wet pants = evaporation

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@smudges Thanks. I was wondering about weird stuff like, bacteria absorbing the water, and stuff.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Obviously some leaves from gravity as well. Dripping.

Air drying in some places, is how people aquire “bot flies.”

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Water is a near volatile organic compound. It has a relatively high vapor pressure and relatively low boiling point. It will evaporate at room temperature, just not as fast as other VOCs

seawulf575's avatar

As was mentioned, the water evaporates. Difference in humidity between the air and the clothing will result in the water moving location, so to speak. If you have a hot, steamy bathroom, your clothes will not dry as quickly.

If you hang your clothes outside on a clothesline, you get the added benefit of the sun warming the clothes and the wind blowing the evaporating moisture away.

But if you are in the habit of drying your clothes in the bathroom, you do need to also understand that bathrooms are notorious for mold and mildew build up. Your clothes could develop a sour smell in the wrong environment.

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