Using a dryer is simple, right? At least, that’s what we think. As technology improves, and home appliances get smarter, we sometimes forget the necessary basics. However, they still apply. These tips will help you get the best use out of your dryer. 

1. Read the manual

The manual can have important information about how to best use your dryer. Icons may differ from brand to brand, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the meaning of each one for your particular dryer. If you’ve tossed or lost your manual, most manufacturers have their manuals available for download on their website. We’ve listed links to the websites of the most popular home appliance brands for your convenience below:

2. Vary heat levels for different fabrics

Just because your dryer is on the hottest setting doesn’t mean it’s the best way to dry your clothes. High heat on certain fabrics can cause shrinkage and damage. Check the tag on any piece of clothing for information before determining what setting to put your dryer at.

3. Separate different fabrics

If different fabrics have been washed together, like heavy cotton towels and lightweight shirts, they should be dried separately. The friction between these fabrics of different types during drying can damage the more delicate clothes.

4. Never Overload

The drum should never be loaded more than ¾ full. This ensures the clothes have enough room to move and air can circulate. This also helps to prevent wrinkles. If your dryer has settings for different loads like “small”, “medium”, and “heavy” then it’s best to follow your manuals instructions for loading. 

5. Hang your clothes right after drying

Getting clothing out of the dryer as soon as it’s done will help prevent wrinkles. For best results, flatten and hang clothing while still damp to have wrinkle-free garments.

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