To save on the time spent running your dryer, especially for “heavy” items like throw rugs, diapers, etc., first run an extra “spin” cycle in your washing machine. Then, add a clean, dry, fluffy towel to your dryer with the wet laundry. This can cut your drying time by 25% or more!
*Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it. Overdrying is also a leading cause of static cling.
*Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
*Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
*Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
*Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
*Drying a small load reduces the tumbling effect and consequently lengthens the drying time. Add several clean, dry white towels to speed up the drying of small loads.
*Turn your jeans inside out, so they won’t fade as quickly.
*Most dryers have delicate permanent press cycles, which have lower settings to protect fabrics which might be damaged by high temperatures.
*Don’t overload your dryer, as it can result in excessive wrinkling.