Did the title of the article sound a bit confusing to you? Did you not know that you can dry clothes in a washing machine? Well, you aren’t the only one, and that is alright because most of us associate the drying process with a dryer and not a washing machine.
Today, we will be sharing a few tips and tricks on how we can dry clothes in a washing machine. We will also mention some things that we should consider before drying clothes in a washing machine.
Why Do We Need To Know The Right Way Of Drying Clothes?
Drying clothes incorrectly can damage the clothes, but apart from that, it can also cause health problems. Listed below are a few reasons why I think you should know the right way to dry clothes.
- Damp clothes increase the humidity in the air inside your house.
- It can lead to the growth of germs, molds, and mildew.
- When clothes are wet for an extended period of time, it tends to smell. The whole room and even the washing machine can get the stench.
- The clothes lose their texture, and the quality of the fabric decreases.
- Even the color lightens, and it tends to wrinkle up.
How To Dry Clothes In A Washing Machine?
I hope you understand why it is extremely important to dry your clothes correctly. Now we will discuss how we can dry clothes in a washing machine.
After the clothes are washed, it might still feel wet even though it is not soggy. The most effective way to dry clothes in a washing machine is by using the high-speed mode or high spin cycle. Untangle the clothes from each other and do not stuff the whole washing machine with clothes: lesser the clothes, more the efficiency of removing water.
Once you have reloaded the wet clothes into the washing machine, you can select the high spin mode. What happens during this mode is that the washing machine rotates the drum at a very high speed. As a result of this, the washing machine is able to remove a lot of the excess water on the clothes.
Certain washing machine brands like L.G have an additional dry function. Heat is generated inside the washing machine so that the clothes dry quicker. Drying becomes easy for these types of machines as the washing machine automatically selects the time and heat needed to dry the clothes.
Given below are the step by which you can dry clothes in a washing machine –
Step 1 – Untangle the clothes from one another.
Step 2 – Reload the clothes into the machine but make sure you do not cramp them.
Step 3 – Turn the washing machine on and press the power button.
Step 4 – If you do not have the dry button on your washing machine panel, then opt for the high spin button.
Step 5 – Press the Start button, and the spin cycle starts.
Step 6 – Unload the clothes immediately. In case the clothes have even a little bit of water content, it becomes the breeding ground for mold and mildew.
The best part about using a washing machine to dry clothes is that it does not even consume the same power a tumble dryer consumes. So not only do you save money on a new appliance but you also save a lot on your electricity bill.
Things To Keep In Mind While Drying In A Washing Machine
1. Check The Label
One of the most important things to do before you wash any cloth in a washing machine is to check the ware care label on the fabric. There will be clear-cut instructions on how to clean something. Some clothes are hand-wash while others need cold water wash. Some can be heated, others not. So, if you don’t want to damage the quality of your garment, then I suggest you check the label.
2. Do Not Cramp The Clothes Into The Machine
As mentioned before, it is a bad idea to stuff the washing machine with clothes. Loading a lot of clothes will decrease the efficiency of the drying process. Proper ventilation is a must when drying the clothes so that you can segregate the clothes based on the fabric.
If you want to provide the clothes with an extra layer of protection or ensure that they don’t get tangled with other clothes, you can put the cloth into a mesh bag.
3. Regular Maintenance Is A Must
Whether it is a front load or a top load washing machine (fully automatic), regular maintenance and cleaning are necessary. The efficiency of the washing machine decreases as the residue in the machine increases. So clean the tub, detergent dispenser, fluff filter, and even the hoses regularly for it to function at its optimum capacity.
We can try clothes not only in a dryer but also in a washing machine, and it is not very complicated either. However, there are certain things that one should consider before drying the clothes in the washing machine. Drying the clothes can either be done using the high spin mode or the dry mode (if your washing machine has that feature).
Have you ever tried to dry clothes in a washing machine? What are your thoughts on this? Would you mind letting us know in the comment section below?