More Information on the Last LAUNDRY Post :-)

Sunday Jan 8, 2017

I was asked a question about the amount of time I run my dryer before taking the laundry out and hanging to finish air drying.  I posted as a comment under my last post, but thought I would also share here as well.

I set my timer for about 10 minutes for a 3/4 load of laundry.  It’s going to be something that you’ll need to determine based on your specific dryer because they are all different models, different ages, etc.   You may want to start with 10 minutes for a 3/4 to full load and then adjust accordingly.  You want the laundry to be still very damp but also very warm to the touch when you remove it from the dryer.  It’s the tumbling and heating of the dryer that ensures when you hang the laundry that it will be soft after it has completed air drying.

Something else that I’d like to share with everyone is that I use a tennis ball in my dryer to help tumble the cloths around.  This does make them dry faster.   And yes, it will make a bit of a noise in your dryer – but to me the cost savings are worth it!  The tennis ball keeps the clothes from “clumping together” and just getting thrown from side to side in the dryer.  And if you clothes are moving and tossing around, and getting hot air all around, they will get to the drying stage that you are looking for much faster.  Something else that the tennis ball helps with is the amount of lint that is removed from your laundry.  In the washing phase, some fibers will break down and deposit on the top of the laundry items.  You need this agitation in the dryer to help remove the lint from the clothing and get it to the lint filter.   But it’s not just lint on your laundry that you are trying to remove – sometimes its strands of human hair or dog hair that has attached itself to your articles of clothing.  Using the tennis ball will help remove those from your clothing while it is tossing around.

The last thing you want to do is step on a tennis ball when you’re walking into the dark laundry room – so, I HIGHLY suggest that when you remove your laundry from the dryer, just toss the tennis ball back into the dryer and it will be ready for the next load.  Plus, it helps you not to lose it (hmm, sounds like I’m talking from experience there, doesn’t it?)

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