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8 Tips for Drying Clothes in the Dryer

Save money and time on your next trip to the laundromat with these eight tips for drying clothes in the dryer.

Drying your clothes in a clothes dryer is much more efficient than drying them on a line, but it’s not nearly as simple and can end up costing more money than need be if you’re not careful.

Here are eight tips to take with you next time you head to the laundromat. For more laundry day tips, check out our post about washing clothes at the laundromat.

#1 – Shake out clothes when you remove them from the washer.

It may seem like a hassle, but shaking out your clothes as you pull them from the washer can help prevent wrinkles and cut down on drying time.

#2 – Dry full loads of laundry.

Whenever possible, dry full loads of laundry instead of a few items at a time. It’s a more efficient use of energy.

#3 – Don’t overload the dryer.

While you should dry full loads whenever possible, don’t overload the dryer. The clothes need room to tumble for faster drying and reduced wrinkles.

#4 – Use a dryer sheet.

Dryer sheets can help soften clothes, reduce static cling and make them smell great. They aren’t necessary, but the reduced static can make folding less shocking.

#5 – Choose the right setting for your clothes.

Different materials require different settings. In general, use high heat for jeans, towels, and other heavy fabrics; medium heat for synthetic materials like polyester; and low heat for delicate items like lingerie.

#6 – Don’t add wet clothing to a partially dry load.

Adding wet clothes to a partially dry load can throw off the moisture detector, resulting in over and under dried clothes.

#7 – Keep the door closed.

Avoid opening the dryer door after you start a load. Every time the door is opened, hot air escapes which will add time to the drying cycle.

#8 – Remove dry clothes from the dryer ASAP.

As soon as your clothes are dry, get them out of the dryer, shake them out, and fold or hang them to avoid wrinkles.

We hope you have found these eight tips for drying clothes in the dryer helpful. For more tips, ask the attendant at our Teaneck laundromat, Montclair laundromat, or one of our other NJ Laundromats. We look forward to serving you.