We’re sure you know how to use your tumble dryer! But there are a few common mistakes that many of us could be making without even realising. Here’s a list of 7 tumble dryer mistakes that could be costing you money or may even be hazardous in the home…
1. Leaving Clothes on Top of the Dryer
We’ve all been there, you run out of room whilst doing the laundry and stack it up on top of your dryer to save space. But, this could be a serious fire hazard. If clothes are on top of your dryer, there’s a risk they could fall behind and block the air vents causing heat build-up. Be sure to keep the area around your dryer clear so heat can escape freely.
2. Not Cleaning Frequently
Keeping your tumble dryer clean will not only increase its efficiency but save you money too. Be sure to clean the inside, the sensor, the heat exchanger and empty the water reservoir after every cycle to keep your machine in top condition.
3. Not Clearing the Dryer Filter
While we’re on the subject of cleaning, it’s important you clear your lint filter after EVERY cycle. If the filters are blocked, the motor will need to work harder to push air through the dryer and your clothes will take longer to dry. It’s also worth occasionally vacuuming out the lint filter cavity using your vacuum’s crevice tool.
Instead of binning your dryer lint, find out how you can reuse it around the house!
4. Not Untangling Clothes
When loading your dryer, be sure to untangle clothes and bedding as you go. Fabrics which are tangled will take a lot longer to dry and you may even have to do another cycle.
Adding too much fabric to your dryer will reduce its efficiency and ability to dry clothes properly. It can also cause wear and tear on your machine and will cause clothes to become more creased, meaning more time spent ironing – and no one wants that!
6. Not Using Energy Saving Dryer Balls
Energy Saving Dryer Balls can reduce drying time by up to 25%! A natural, eco-friendly alternative to fabric softeners, dryer balls are ideal for sensitive skin, can cut down on lint build-up and even reduce creases. Simply put them in with your load and let them do all the work for you!
7. Not Sorting Fabrics
Sorting your laundry by fabric type will make your drying time shorter and your clothes last longer! Delicate items should be dried at much lower temperatures than items such as jeans. And don’t forget to check the label!
For more handy tips on tumble dryer safety, check out our Advice Centre.