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How to Use Your Dryer Properly
A clothes dryer is a big help, especially in the winter months. It saves time, and the clothes will be fragrant and less wrinkled. Using a dryer properly is essential to ensure that clothes are dried efficiently and safely. When a dryer is used incorrectly, it can cause damage to clothes, waste energy, and even lead to a fire hazard. Sorting clothes by fabric type and weight is important as it prevents damage and ensures that clothes dry evenly. Cleaning the lint filter after each use is crucial for preventing lint buildup.
Overloading the dryer can also cause problems. Clothes need space to tumble freely in order to dry efficiently. Overloading the dryer can result in clothes being unevenly dried or not dried at all. This can waste time, energy, and money. Using a dryer properly is not only important for drying clothes effectively, but also for maintaining the safety of your home. Here are a few tips on how to use your dryer properly:
- Find a suitable place for your dryer
- Fill it, but do not exceed the allowed weight of laundry
- Select the appropriate drying program
- Research fabrics, drying options and which materials can be dried together
- Drying sheets
- Clean the filters
- Find a Suitable Place for the Dryer
Place the dryer in a well-ventilated area. The temperature should be between 50 and 80 degrees. If the temperature is lower, there is a risk of condensation forming in it and damaging it. The base on which it stands must be solid, stable and flat, like concrete for example. Do not place it on a carpet with longer fibers, as this will impede air circulation. The tumble dryer heats up a bit during operation, so do not block the air outlet. Make sure that the door can always be opened freely.
- Fill It, But Do Not Exceed the Allowed Weight of Laundry
Filling the machine to the top will reduce the consumption of energy and time, but make sure that you do not exceed the allowed weight of dried laundry in order not to overload and damage the machine. It's recommended that you dry only well-wrung laundry in the machine and do not overload it with dripping wet items. Before putting to dry, separate and untangle clothes and laundry. If they tangle with each other there is a possibility that they will not dry properly everywhere evenly.
- Select the Appropriate Drying Program
Your dryer has several features. If the buttons and icons are not clear to you, be sure to read the manufacturer's manual for detailed descriptions. Choose the drying program according to the desired level of dryness and the type of fabric. The most common drying programs are suitable for cotton, wool, jeans, insensitive fabrics, and similar.
- Research Fabrics, Drying Options and Which Ones Can be Dried Together
Before putting any fabric in the dryer, check whether it is allowed to be machine dried. This mark is found on the inner label of clothes, laundry, etc. Be sure to check the pockets for coins, metal parts, etc. before placing in the dryer. Do not dry clothes that have been previously treated and cleaned with flammable substances, chemicals, or oil. It's not recommended to dry linen or textiles containing latex, sheets and foam covers, rubber parts, etc. Textiles are more difficult to dry than light synthetic clothes and those made of natural materials. You can put sensitive fabrics in mesh bags for the washing machine first and then put them in the dryer. In this way, the laundry will not be damaged and tangled.
Tie apron straps, dress straps, bathrobes and similar, and button or zip up pillow and blanket covers and only then start the dryer.
- Drying Sheets
Dryer sheets are an excellent addition to any drying cycle. Use only one dryer sheet with wet clothes for one cycle and after drying make sure to throw it away. Never use more sheets as they can leave residue on the laundry or clog the machine. The sheets contain chemicals designed to soften the fabric. The drying sheet serves to reduce static cling.
- Clean the Filters
The filter in clothes dryers acts as a lint trap. Make it a habit to clean it after each use. A clogged filter will increase energy consumption, extend drying time, and air circulation will not be even or efficient.
Remember to adjust the drying time of the machine based on the amount and type of laundry you put in. Keep in mind that the clothes dryer will work for a long time as long as you adhere to the above tips. This will allow for your clothes to be dried in the best possible way.