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Old 07-14-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default Important Laundry Room Discovery

A few days ago I was left with one lone bath towel that had to be laundered ASAP (messy clean up). I tossed it in the washing machine on low but didn't want to waste the energy to dry it so I hung it in our garage overnight. I forgot it was in there. This morning I saw it hanging on the line. Whoops. It was overdry, rough and scratchy and just all around awful. So I tossed it into the dryer with a load of wet clothes and a sheet of fabric softener. 10 minutes later, the buzzer on the dryer went off. Dang, I thought - way too soon, I probably left it set on air dry again. But the settings were correct, all the clothes were warm and dry, and the towel was soft and fluffy.

The towel soaked up all the dampness, cutting dryer time down to 30% of normal.

I'm going to over-dry my towels in the garage from now on!
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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Awesome!

I'll try to remember to just throw in a dry towel in the future and see.....

Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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I'm doing the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance over this find. I just need to parch some more bathtowels. lol
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Good one flourbug. Not often a truly new discovery such as that is made. Good work.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:48 PM   #5
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Oh, how cool! So I could line dry all of my towels to a crispified state then just toss one in with each batch of clothing in the dryer for a win-win: Soft clothes dried with less work and electricity. It's the best of both worlds!

Anyone do any follow-ups for confirmation? It would suck if it turned out to be some freaky Florida thing. Lord knows there a lot of freaky Florida things.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:51 PM   #6
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lol... definitely lots of Freaky Florida Things, and I head the list.

I think the crispified state is key.

I have tossed normal dry bathtowels in with clothes before and didn't notice any difference in time (might have been, but not so I would notice). This time, it was Really Quick.
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And if you, oh Dweller of the Soggy State, can achieve the crispified state, the rest of us should have no problem.

I'm going to try this tonight.
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When I need to dry something in a hurry, I often toss it in there with one or more clean towels. Depending on the fabric, you can often have it dry enough to wear in 10 minutes or so.
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Thats quite awesome FB!!!!

Your awesome!!!!!!

I dont understand how the drying time was LESS,isnt the dryer on a cycle?? (It would be the same time regardless)
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The towel soaked up all the dampness, cutting dryer time down to 30% of normal.
You need to apply for some green incentive money from Obama, 30% savings is huge, maybe 5 million would be good for starters to gear up a information campaign and research program.
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And then she can launder the money .



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I've done that for years - tossed a dry towel in with heavy, wet loads. If you don't have an overdried, icky looking/feeling itme, use a towel from your laundry cupboard.
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Launder the money... haha.

Sue, I will toss a few items in with hot freshly dried towels if I want to dry faster or with less abrasion, but the key I found is a whole load of wet clothes from the washing machine will dry in amazingly fast time if you toss a "crispy" dry bathtowel in there with them.
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Thats quite awesome FB!!!!

Your awesome!!!!!!

I dont understand how the drying time was LESS,isnt the dryer on a cycle?? (It would be the same time regardless)
As well as a timed setting, most dryers have a setting where you can choose how dry you want the clothes; it's useful when you want to have some things just slightly damp for ironing, for instance. I suspect that fb used that, rather than just setting the timer for 60 minutes.
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i think i saw something like this on pinterest....someone there has wound up balls of toweling that do two things at once; both help to dry faster and knock the laundry around for less wrinkles

there was also something about soaking the toweling balls in softener, too, to save money
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As well as a timed setting, most dryers have a setting where you can choose how dry you want the clothes; it's useful when you want to have some things just slightly damp for ironing, for instance. I suspect that fb used that, rather than just setting the timer for 60 minutes.
Yes. I use a sensor dry setting, where the drier stops and beeps when the clothes are dry.
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Yes. I use a sensor dry setting, where the drier stops and beeps when the clothes are dry.
Thats quite interesting.........I dont think i have ever seen one myself that does that!
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Thats quite interesting.........I dont think i have ever seen one myself that does that!
Sure you have, Dude. You just haven't recognized them. I've had that on my dryers for 20 years or even longer. Nothing even remotely new about the sensor function.
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Ahhhh maybe so...... (Im usually quite aware of things)
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Throwing ANY dry towel in the dryer will help dry your other (wet) laundry..,

I like the idea of putting some fabric softener on it. (Maybe apray with some "Linen Fresh" Fabreeze on it when throwing it in. Just a spritz..,)

Hmm.., Ideas, ideas.
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I just found out you can cook poptarts in the dryer.

You can't set it to auto-sense setting though, apparently the poptart doesn't have enough moisture.

PS: Use some sort of bag, otherwise you'll get crumbs everywhere.
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I just found out you can cook poptarts in the dryer.

You can't set it to auto-sense setting though, apparently the poptart doesn't have enough moisture.

PS: Use some sort of bag, otherwise you'll get crumbs everywhere.


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Poptarts, hmm? This is the same person who claimed we don't have any spoons because he didn't know where I kept the good silverware. Duh, try the silverware drawer in the china cabinet.
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We have 3 spoons in the house. Try to explain that.
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lol... riiiight.
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