Drying your clothing correctly is just as important as washing them correctly. There are ways to get less wrinkles, shorter drying times, and safer drying.

Before you just toss your wet clothing into the dryer, follow these drying steps to improve your look and protect your wardrobe.

  1. Sort by fiber content and weight:  Heavier garments might require more heat and time than light garments.  To get the most out of your machine, and your time, sort loads accordingly.
  2. Do not overload the dryer:  Overloading causes more wrinkles and longer drying times.  It can also overburden your dryer and shorten its life.
  3. Select drying temperature by fiber content:  Some fibers, such as polyesters and acrylics will be damaged by too much heat.  When in doubt, it is best to dry on low heat and air dry to finish.
  4. Fold or hang garments immediately after drying:  This helps ward off wrinkles and keep your clothes looking fresh.  This can also help garments dry out if there is any water remaining after the cycle.

Don’t forget to never run your dryer when you’re not home and clean your dryer occasionally to help prevent a dryer fire.  Failure to clean your dryer could cause a house fire.  (Each year dryers cause about 15,000 house fires).

Brush up on our washing tips in our previous blog post:  4 Common Laundry Mistakes.