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Sorting and loading

When preparing your load there are some important things to consider:

Sorting

  • It is best that you sort your garments before placing them into the dryer. Sort into loads of similar items, and loads that will take similar times to dry. Heavier items (eg towels and flannelette sheets) are best dried separately from lightweight items (eg synthetics, polyester-cotton sheets and shirts). This prevents the possibility of some items becoming over-dried whilst others are still damp. It will also help to extend the life of your clothing and linen.

  • Drying your clothes as soon as you remove them from the washer will decrease the chance of wrinkles and of dye transfer from coloured items to white items.

  • Garments with hooks or zippers should be fastened where possible and turned inside out.

  • Care labels on garments provide valuable information about the fabric type and how the garment should be dried. Always follow the advice on the garment labels. Only dry items in this dryer that have a care label stating tumble drying is suitable.

  • Separate coloured items from white/light items where possible, especially when new. Colour run may be an issue, especially if you intend to delay the start of the drying cycle.

Specific Item Drying Requirement

Suggested Cycle and Options

Suggested Temperature

Comments

Towels

Everyday

High

Towels produce a lot of lint and are best dried on their own.

Sheets, pillowcases, duvet/doona covers

Everyday

High

Ensure duvet/doona cover openings are buttoned/domed before placing in the dryer.

Sheets, pillowcases, duvet/doona covers

Delicate

Medium

Only dry one bulky item at a time and place a few knotted towels into the dryer at the same time to ensure the bulky item moves around evenly.

Delicates, fine fabrics and synthetics

Delicate

Medium

You can further reduce the dryness level to damp.

Delicates, fine fabrics and synthetics

Heavy

High

Turn jeans inside out to help maintain their appearance. Dry separately from other items.

Before you load

  • Check pockets for items that could damage your clothes or get caught in the dryer.
  • Close zippers, hooks and eyes and other fastenings (ie fasten the openings of duvet/ doona covers) and remove loose bra wires. These may damage both your dryer and your clothes.
  • Check the lint filter is clean.

Loading

Garments need to be loaded correctly to minimise creasing and wrinkling and to ensure the load is dried evenly. Make sure there is plenty of room for the garments to tumble freely while drying.

Load the dryer in terms of the space the garments take up when dry, rather than when they are wet. Do not overload your dryer, as this may damage your dryer and clothes

To reduce tangling

  • Load items individually.
  • Ensure duvet/doona covers are fastened before placing in the dryer.

To reduce creasing

  • Shake clothes out and load individually to help items dry evenly.
  • Launder permanent press garments separately, eg business shirts.
  • Allow enough room in the dryer for clothes to tumble freely.
  • Hang garments as soon as the drying cycle is complete to reduce the need for ironing.
  • Never put dripping wet clothes in or on top of the dryer as excess water may cause an electrical hazard.
  • Do not place an item in your dryer unless the care label specifically states it is safe to do so.
  • Always follow the instructions on the care label.
  • Do not dry curtains in your dryer. Sunlight makes them brittle and they may disintegrate during drying.

Drying times

  • Drying very small loads is inefficient. Try to dry medium to large loads.
  • Heavier items (towels and flannelette sheets) will take longer to dry than light items(synthetics and polyester cotton sheets and shirts).
  • Drying times can be reduced by spinning the wash load at the highest spin speed suitable for the load type in your washing machine.

Drying bulky items

  • It is important that you check the care label of any item carefully, to ensure it is suitable for tumble drying, before placing it into the dryer.
  • Check bulky items during the cycle to ensure even drying, pause the dryer and reposition the item if necessary.
  • Do not overload the dryer. Ensure there is enough space for the dry item to tumble.

Lint

Some items are lint givers, while others are lint collectors. Always dry lint givers and collectors separately.

Lint Givers

Lint Collectors

Towels

Synthetics eg polar fleece

Flannelette sheets

Corduroy

 

Polyester cottons

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