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Add a full sized towel to every dryer load of clothes to save on your electric bill. I tried this after hearing it on TV, and it worked. It actually saves me between $30 and $40 on my bill, and I just do laundry for two.
By Brenda from N. Richland Hills, TX
Simple tip to save energy and money when washing / drying clothes. After you wash your clothes shake your clothes out prior to putting them in the dryer. This will save energy and $ getting your clothes more dry. Also, if there is anything like coins, lipstick or crayons, this is an added prevention to prevent them from being dried too, and leaving more stains through the melting process.
By Sienna from Irvington, NY
When putting clothes into the dryer, add one large clean dry towel. This will absorb the wetness and your whole load will dry twenty minutes sooner. I do this with each load, except with dark clothes. You don't want the lint getting on dark clothing.
Saves time and energy efficient!
Source: I may have read this somewhere in a magazine.
Hang your wet laundry on a drying rack until it is about half or more than half dry and then finish it in the dryer. The machine will last longer and you will save tons of electricity.
By Randy K. from Toronto, Ont
Add a large clean dry towel to your dryer of wet clothes. the dry towel will heat up faster and help dry the other fabrics sooner. It also adds steam to help with the wrinkled clothes. If you have a large load or denims, add two towels.
If you have to use your dryer in the Summer months, why not get the most from it? As we should all know, it is very important to clean the lint from your filter with every load, but you should also clean the filter screen itself once a month.
Here's a tip for saving time and money when drying clothes. When taking a load out of the washer . . .
My bath towels never completely dry out after use and soon develop that "dirty smell" after just one use. Problem solved! Hang them from a skirt hanger and place on the shower curtain rod to dry!
I always run the extra spin cycle on my washing machine while I'm unloading the dryer. This helps get even more water out of your clothes before drying them.
Adding a dry towel to the laundry in your dryer will help get it dry faster. This is a guide about using towels to dry laundry faster.
I like to use dryer sheets, but they're a bit pricey for my tastes. So for some reason, one time I tried to tear one in half. It was quite easy to tear. Now I tear mine in thirds.
It's best to keep your dryer hot by running one load after another. It will help maintain your dryer's heat. It consumes the most energy while it is heating up.
Set your washing machine for one extra spin when doing heavier articles. It'll save loads of drying time. : )
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When using your dryer. if you add a large dry bath towel with the damp clothing, it will speed up your drying time and help with your electric/gas bill. But remember, it's never a good idea to overload your dryer!
By karen from Charleston, SC
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)