14 Things That Should Never End Up in Your Dryer
If any of these items end up in your dryer, it could be bad news.
Tights or pantyhose
If you’ve ever worn tights, you probably know how easy it is for them to rip and tear. And after a trip in the dryer, that little hole that wasn’t noticeable before is probably running down the entire leg. The material your tights are made out of might even cause them shrink when its exposed to high heat. “The best thing you can is to air dry them, but do NOT hang them! Hang drying tights will stretch out the material and even potentially ruin them,” says Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics. “As an alternative, try rolling your freshly laundered tights into a dry towel and let them dry overnight.”
Lace is another delicate fabric that should never meet your dryer. In fact, according to thelaundress.com, you should really be avoiding machines altogether. Instead, lay your lace garment flat to dry so it doesn’t lose its natural shape or damage the fabric. Here are 10 things you’re probably washing too much.
Unfortunately, you should probably find another way to dry your favorite sequined top. Sequins, gems, stones, or whatever other items that are embellished onto your garments can hook onto other items in the dryer, or even the dryer itself. This can potentially damage the garment itself and its surroundings. According to goodhousekeeping.com, “It’s way easier to hang dry [embellished garments] or—if the material is thin or delicate—lay them on a towel to air out.”
According to tide.com, you should avoid both the washer and dryer when it comes to your silk garments. Instead of adding your delicate silk clothing to your dryer load, the website suggests laying it flat to dry on a towel, then rolling it up inside of it to squeeze out excess moisture. After, repeat this process with a second towel.
Rubber-backed bath maths
Putting a rubber-backed bath mat in the dryer can end up being pretty messy. According to Peters, “The rubber can crumble and get caught in the dryer, which can cause a fire hazard.” Next, check out 16 things you never knew you could put in the washing machine.