There’s nothing like freshly dried clothes.
They’re warm, soft, and fragrant — like a fresh loaf of bread you can wear.
But sometimes things can go horribly wrong in the dryer. At best, you’ll be pulling pieces of tissue or paper off your clothes, and at worst you’ll be tossing a prized garment in the trash.
In this post, we’ll cover a few basics to keep your clothes protected in the dryer.
#1: Always Empty Pockets
We get it — laundry can already be tedious enough without searching through every pocket for something you left behind. But if you don’t, you run the risk of some serious damage. Common items left in pockets that can damage clothes include:
- Pens and pencils
- Lip balm
- Personal electronics
- And more
While it’s easy to think that it won’t damage your clothes, it’s all too easy for a shirt to catch on items as it tumbles dry. Think twice and empty your pockets!
#2: Use the Right Settings
The hottest setting may get things dry faster, but it can also cause irreparable harm to your clothes.
Think about it: your garments are made up of thousands of tiny pieces of string. If those experience too much heat, they can weaken and tear much faster than through normal wear.
If you’ve noticed a lot of holes in your clothes lately, take the heat down a notch next time you dry.
#3: Don’t overload
It’s also very easy to stuff your dryer full, but this hurts you on two fronts:
First, you’ll spend more money, as clothes won’t dry as efficiently.
Second, you’ll likely damage your clothes due to extended heat exposure. Similar to higher temperatures, longer exposure can weaken fabric and make it easier to damage.
Stay Patient and Follow Care Instructions
The long and short of it is simple: be patient with the dryer. Every piece of clothing will dry a little differently, and it’s okay to go with less heat or smaller loads in the dryer. You’ll keep your clothes in much better shape, and avoid having to restock your wardrobe too soon.