When loading your clean clothes into your tumble dryer, give them a good shake to make sure they’re separated. Tangled clothes not only take longer to dry, but they’ll also come out more creased. When your clothes are free to move around the hot air in your dryer can circulate more freely – meaning your washing dries much quicker!
Top 10 Tumble Dryer Cleaning Tips
There’s no doubt about it, your new tumble dryer makes doing the laundry so much easier. But do you know the tips and tricks for getting the most out of your new appliance? From reducing creases to regular safety checks, we share our top tips for tumble drying.
Separate your clothes
Not too wet
If your laundry is dripping wet when you get it out of the washer, it’s worth running it through another spin to get rid of excess water. If your clothes go into your dryer sopping wet, the extra weight can damage your drum – not to mention increasing your energy bills!
Overloading your tumble dryer causes a number of issues. Not only will it use more energy, but stuffing the drum full of wet clothes means that there’s no room for the hot air to move around. This means your clothes could take hours to dry! A full load can also cause damage to your dryer’s drum, meaning you may have to fork out for costly repairs.
Check the care labels
It's always best to check the care labels on your clothes before popping them in your dryer, or you risk shrinking your favourite jumper. Look out for wool and silk garments, and underwear such as bras that have wiring inside. Some tumble dryers come with a specific setting that’ll go easy on your winter woollies.
Making regular checks on your tumble dryer is vital to ensure it’s working safely. Every month, pull out your dryer and checking for dust build up on the sockets, as this can overheat and pose a fire risk. Check inside the drum regularly to make sure your sensor is clean, and if your dryer is a condenser make sure you empty the water container after every cycle.
As your tumble dryer does its job, it picks up fluff from your clothes. This is then drawn away from your garments and is caught in the lint filter. Cleaning the lint filter regularly prevents the dust overheating, and can be done easily with a vacuum nozzle, or by running it under the tap. Make sure the dryer has cooled before you do this!
Don't mix large and small items
Ever discovered a lost sock inside your duvet cover? This happens when you tumble dry large items with smaller items at the same time. When your clothes come out of the washer, separate them into piles of similarly sized items. Not only will this save you energy by making sure all items are dried equally, but it also stops your underwear from getting stuck inside your bed sheets!
Quick freshen up
If you’re heading out and your outfit could do with a quick freshen up, pop it in your tumble dryer with a scented dryer sheet for a couple of minutes. This softens fabrics and gets rid of any unpleasant odours on your clothes. It also gets rid of any creases without the need for an iron.
Store your dryer in the right place
When installing your new tumble dryer, it’s important that you find the right place for it in your home. To reduce humidity, make sure there’s good ventilation in your laundry room. This will stop the dryer from overheating. If you’re looking to save energy, make sure the room is warm. Your tumble dryer will have to work harder to heat up if it’s stored in a cold spot.
Put the ironing board away
Most tumble dryers come with a handy anti-crease setting. It works by relaxing the fibres in fabrics that are creased, meaning you can spend less time stood in front of the ironing board. Perfect for when you’re feeling a little lazy – or in a rush to get the kids ready for school on a Monday morning!