9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer

Blossom Lady
Nov 12, 2021 04:05 AM
9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer

Due to lack of space, convenience, and time, clothes dryers have pretty much replaced outdoor clotheslines. Most of us are just too busy to take the time to hang our laundry outside on a clothesline, wait for it to dry, and then take it off the line. And there are just some things you should never put in your dryer.

1. Bras

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
High temperatures destroy the spandex and elastic in bras, causing them to lose their shape. It's safer to hand wash delicate bras and let them air dry.
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2. Delicate fabrics

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
Delicate fabrics (lace and silk) should never be tumble dried. A zipper can get caught in the fabric and leave a tear or even a hole. Also, the high heat can make wrinkles impossible to remove.
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3. Bags

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
These include backpacks, lunch bags, purses, and reusable tote bags. Of course, these things can get pretty gross on the inside (especially if your child leaves some grapes in their backpack for a week). You can wash them in the washing machine, but should never put them in the dryer unless they are 100% cotton. The heat can melt the material and destroy the lining of the insulated lunch bags.
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4. Leather

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
Never put any type of leather, including faux leather, in the dryer. The high heat of the dryer can cause the fabric to crack or change shape. Instead, hang these items to air dry and protect them from sunlight and heat.
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5. Suede

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
Suede should not be washed in a washing machine or tumble dried. Both can affect the color, texture and feel of the fabric.
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6. Tennis shoes

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
The high heat of the dryer can cause the soles of tennis shoes to come loose and possibly change the shape of the shoe itself. You can wash them in the washing machine, but let them air dry for at least 24 hours afterwards. Need them faster? If you stuff the shoes with crumpled newspaper, the sides can soak up the moisture and speed up the drying time.
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7. Activewear

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
Most activewear these days is made of a material that supports muscles and wicks away moisture. Avoid putting these garments in the dryer, as the heat can destroy the moisture- wicking properties and change the shape of the garments. Allow them to air dry.
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8. Knitted Sweaters

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
I have been guilty of throwing my sweaters in the dryer before. I learned my lesson after my favorite plus size sweater became a regular size sweater.

The heat of the dryer can cause the yarn to shrink or stretch and increase the knotting. Instead, lay them apartment if possible and let them air dry.
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9. Bath mats

9 Items You Should Never Put in Your Dryer
Carpets with a rubber backing, such as bath mats, should never be placed in the dryer. The rubber backing can crumble and even melt.
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