Once every two weeks or so, I do one large load of cold delicate (everything from jeans to socks to workout shirts). All that then goes into the dryer on the delicate setting with a target of “extra dry.”
The combo of low heat and extended time means all the “performance” fabrics (Dry-Fit shirts, sports underwear, etc.) gets dry, while most cotton items come out a little damp.
I hang up all the shirts, put the underwear in the dresser, and lay out the socks, jeans, and anything else that’s really damp to be put away a few hours later.
@macromeh There was a college student / bachelor theory that if you leave dirty laundry in a pile long enough, eventually it would become clean enough to ‘use one more time.’ I think this is scientifically disproven, but can’t deny that I might have tried it a few times, for research purposes.
@macromeh@pmarin My kid attempted that approach so I had to confiscate the dirty things. In 4th grade I warned her if she cleaned up her room by putting the clean clothes in the dirty clothes hamper one more time she was going to do her own laundry. Not unsurprisingly she did it again.
Anyway back to the story, so I had to take the dirty things and lock them up when she only had things she hated left. When she said she wouldn’t wear them I told her I didn’t care if she went to school in her PJ’s (she didn’t). She decided to learn how to do laundry that night.
She once had an entirely pink load due to refusal to sort but by high school she was even hanging things to dry she didn’t want to shrink. It was safe to allow her to wash some of my stuff if she wanted to do a load but didn’t have enough for a full load (rule was no part load or she’d run the washer with just one or two things in there).
@Fuzzalini My nearby dollar stores carry a bra washing thing that’s basically a zippered mesh container that has two plastic frames inside to keep the bra from getting mangled. It works pretty well, as long as your bras are in the size range that fits in it.
@Fuzzalini I’m a guy, but a single dad of a young teen girl…I didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be dried, or machine washed for that matter lol. But it’s super frustrating trying to find and reinsert those little pads through that tiny slot all the time so hang drying might be in my future .
@scilynt Do your daughter a favor and hang them to dry. You can get a bunch of them on one cheap plastic hanger (the center of the bras hanging over the bar) and just hang it in a place where they can dry.
@Fuzzalini@scilynt And unless her bras have the thick “wonderbra” pads, do her another favor, and wash the bras in one of the reinforced mesh thingies with the plastic grids, so that the pads don’t get mangled to begin with. Like these:
My complicated system is that I put it all in the dryer but only about 15 minutes on medium. Then go check it and take out the thinner fabrics (like these would be) and some items even if slightly damp and lay out to dry. Then depending on what is left I’ll adjust the time and temp to finish it off. I do this both to save energy and also to avoid thrashing the stuff that really doesn’t need to be in there anymore (less fabric damage).
I have a friend that has a fixed method and it’s always 40 minutes on high. Even if only a few items that are probably plenty dry after 20 minutes. I pointed out a few times that the machine had all sorts of automatic settings where it can detect dryness and you can even set to make extra-extra-dry if you want, but he said, no, I always do 40 minutes on high it works for me. So there.
It depends on the weather. On a clear warm day with relatively low humidity, it goes on lines on the back porch. If it is below freezing or the humidity is 80+ percent, it goes in the dryer on delicate or the lowest heat setting.