My Washing Machine Broke Down - Helpful Tips for Using the Dryer
A while back, our 19-year-old washing machine stopped working i the middle of a load of laundry. It had already gone through the wash cycle and was full of water, but instead of draining, it just stopped. Our dryer still worked, so after fishing the clothes out and wringing them out, we rinsed them in the bathtub, wrung them out again as best we could, and then put them in the dryer.
Now, hand-wringing does not get nearly as much water out as the spin cycle on a washer, so the clothes were wetter and heavier than they normally would be; you can't just chuck them in the dryer like that. Also, if the clothing is too wet, the fabric softener sheets don't work properly, either, so if you have to wash a lot of clothes by hand but plan to put them in the dryer, remember to toss in a few large, dry towels. That will redistribute the moisture.
Also, here's another handy hint about using towels in the dryer--if you forgot to take your clothes out of the dryer right away and they stayed in there and got wrinkled, you can "revive" them by tossing a damp towel in there with them and drying them again--that will steam out the wrinkles. Just make sure to get them out quickly, this time!
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