Tumble-Dryer

The modern day dryer is packed with features that are supposed to make your life easier. But if you are like many of us and are getting the basics wrong, no amount of extra buttons and knobs are going to help keep your laundry looking good.

Today we have some tips to help you get the most out of your dryer, keeping your sheets and towels soft, and your clothes in great shape.

1. Read the book

How often do you install a new dryer and just toss the book in a drawer to gather dust? The manual reveals a lot about the intricacies of your specific machine, so it’s well worth having a quick read.

2. Look at labels

We often assume that everything can go in the dryer, or we just toss them in and hope for the best. In fact many items of everyday clothing are not suitable for the dryer, so it pays to have a quick peek at the label first to check if it can go in there, and if so what temperature it needs to be set to.

3. Don’t overfill

Your dryer can’t naturally fit a whole load of washing in it, so it pays to be cautious with how much you throw in. As a guide, about half full is ideal as this gives the clothes room to move about. The fuller it is, the longer it will take to dry (if it does at all).

4. Check pockets and zips

Be sure to prep your clothes so that they are ready for the dryer. Remove items from pockets that might spill (pens), melt (paperclips), or damage the machine (keys). Do up zips so that they don’t catch, and unroll sleeves and hems to ensure even drying.

5. Dry like with like

Just like you sort your washing before placing it in the machine (you do sort, don’t you?) you need to do the same for the dryer. So dry towels with towels, and cotton with cotton, and so on. Mixing towels with delicates for instance can cause damage; or if you dry jumpers with jeans you might end up with fluff all over your trousers.

6. Clean lint traps

Not only do you need to clean the filters regularly to keep your clothes looking good, it’s also a safety issue. Did you know that failing to clean your lint traps could cause a house fire? Be sure to clear the filter and pipes as recommended in your manual (which you’ve read by now, haven’t you?).

Do you have any fail-safe tips when using your tumble dryer? Share them with us in the comments below.

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