Dryer Tips and Tricks

It happens to everyone from time to time.

You go to the dryer, anticipating that your laundry day will soon come to an end as you retrieve your clothes, only to find that they are as cold or as wet as if the dryer had never been run. Few things are more aggravating about Laundry Day (RIP all the socks we’ve lost along the way).

I have a few tips that can help you manage this annoying situation:

For starters, you will want to make sure that your clothes are well-spun out before tossing them in the dryer. They should not be dripping wet when you remove them from the washer. If your washer has a way to reset the spin-cycle, give that another go. Try removing some items to lighten the load, so the extra spin will be more effective (too heavy a load could be the reason for the faulty spin cycle).

Beware of large loads. Mix and match heavy and light clothing items, if possible. Try to avoid putting too many heavy items together is a small dryer.

If even a light load seems to take forever to dry, check your lint drawer/traps. Lint could be blocking the heat from getting to your clothes (it could also pose a fire hazard if not dispensed with, regularly). Check and clear out the dryer hose for lint that may be clogging up the back of your dryer (improper air-flow could be inhibiting your dryer’s ability to heat up). Refer to your dryer manufacturer’s instructions in order to do this properly.

If you are using a public facility, such as a public laundromat, ask the staff to help you re-spin your clothes if they are too wet and verify with them how often they clean the lint traps in their machines. If you regularly find that your clothes are not spinning out or drying properly, you may need to seek out a new facility.

Published by Diva

Trying to live my best life, but chores keep getting in the way!

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