Laundry dryers are great but you can get the same effects and save lots of energy $'s. Take the newly washed load out to partially dry. You may put it on the top of the dryer or outside to dry. When it is still just a little damp, put back into the dryer for the softening effect and to eliminate wrinkles.
If time slips away and the load completely dries before rescuing it to put back into the dryer, then take a hand towel and get it wet. Wring it out then put in the dryer with your dry clothes and put on high for 4 minutes. It will remove wrinkles and get clothes back to the feel that we love, right out of the dryer.
Please do not put clothes outside to dry if you have allergy issues.
Have a happy day!
By Kim from Rogers, AR
I do mine almost the opposite. I dry for a few minutes in the dryer then take things out and hang them up to finish. My son has a friend from Finland and she says almost nobody there has a dryer because they know it ruins clothes. They have racks all over the place with drying clothes spread out. Not quite willing to go that far. (08/07/2008)
I think I read it here not quite sure but if you take a dryer sheet and wet it and put it back in the dryer for about 20-30 minutes, it gets the wrinkles out too. (08/08/2008)
I sure miss the old clothes line. My Mother use to hang clothes out on the line in the winter as well but back them, they did more ironing. Not willing to do that either. (08/08/2008)
I like to hang all my clothes on coat hangers as soon as they come out of the machine. I then hang them on an ironing stand (the sort where you hang the clothes to air after ironing before putting in the wardrobe) so that they dry easily, need very little ironing, if any, and aren't hanging all over the place. It can be placed either on a patio or garage, and then I just use a washing stand for the towels, etc. IF I am desperate as I like the sunshine on my towels.
The only reason I would use a dryer would be to fluff up the towels when they are almost dry, but as I give them a really good shake before hanging out, they always come back fluffy anyway. However, living in Australia, I only need to do this if it's raining for a long time as we get loads of sunshine where I live, even in winter, so there's no need for me to even own a clothes dryer. (08/12/2008)
By Wendy from Oz
My experience with clothes lines has not been good. The sun fades the colors (sometimes unevenly because of the way the sun only hits on one side), my clothes were stiff as a board, and they smelled weird. I like my Snuggle fabric softener, thank you. But I will try placing them in the dryer when almost fully dry and see if it fluffs them up a little. Plus I can add a great smelling fabric sheet. xoxo (08/22/2008)
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