How to Dry Wet Currency

by Sabrina Ashley; Updated September 26, 2017

Most nations have both coin and paper currency. Paper money or currency gets wet for a number of reasons: Pouring rain, laundry, spills. Collectors may wash an old bill to preserve its integrity. Wet money retains it value; torn money may not. No matter how soaked your cash is, there are a few ways to dry it without damaging or invalidating it.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • Heavy book
Step 1

Place the bills on paper towels to remove the excess water. Press another paper towel on top of the paper money to remove the water.

Step 2

Place the currency on a flat surface in a cool and dark place that has fresh circulating air. The air helps to dry the currency slowly.

Step 3

Turn on a fan to its lowest setting to circulate the air around the paper money without blowing it around.

Step 4

Place the individual bills between the pages of a heavy book, suggests Banknotes. The weight of the book flattens the paper money while drying it.


  • Do not iron the bills. The heat can change the color of the paper money.

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