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Tip of the week: How to dry clothes gently

Favorite Tip: Keep track of time; Least favorite: Dry, don’t fry

Dry, don’t fry. Clothes aren’t meant to be cooked. On most dryers, the “‘More Dry’ setting can overdry clothes and may waste energy.” Opt to use the “Less Dry” setting. This may leave clothes slightly damp, but they’ll dry as you put them away.

Weigh your options. When loading the dryer, remember that “heavy jeans, pants, and sweats will take longer to dry than lightweight slips,” underwear, and T-shirts. Dry similar clothes together; mixing them can result in “overcooking.”

Keep track of time. The longer clothes “stay jumbled together in the dryer, the more gravity can press wrinkles in.” Keep an ear out for the buzzer, and remove the clothes immediately.

Source: Shop Smart

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