11 Clothes Dryer Mistakes You are Making and How to Fix Them


Dryers are great when they work but must be maintained so they can continue to dry your clothes. If you have had a dyer that doesn’t dry…you know what I mean.

The most common mistakes that most of us make are listed below. Check out which is your common mistake and also get a bit of free advice to overcome it.

  • Put the pockets out
  • Not drying long enough
  • Wrong heat setting
  • Not cleaning the lint trap
  • Not cleaning exhaust flex hose
  • Not checking the inside of dryer equipment
  • Too Many dryer Sheets
  • Too many clothes

Now to discuss each in detail, let us start with the most common and silly one.

Not checking pockets

The first and foremost mistake that we all tend to make is not checking the pockets before laundry. The main culprit here would be the children. They would often forget to remove food, pens, money or their play articles from their pockets. To them, their pockets are the safest hideout for their favorite petit collections. How do we blame them? It’s highly impossible to even think of it. So, it is our duty to check their pockets out before any disaster could happen. Now, this does not mean, adults don’t stuff things into their pockets. They are often guilty parties. So, ensure that you put your pockets out before the laundry.

Not drying long enough

You might think about how long you should be drying. For you to understand this, you must first understand the working principle of the clothes dryer. Clothes are dried by absorbing all the moisture content from the cloth that we have used. The dryer turns the water into vapor and thus dries the clothes. So you must dry the clothes long enough to completely dry them. The sensors in some dryers might be sensing these however if it does not, you should be able to check for the moisture content before taking the clothes out.

Wrong heat setting

There are three things that would favor the perfect drying. For the evaporation to take place correctly, the first and foremost thing required would be the temperature setting. If the right temperature is set then the number of molecules that can turn water into vapor can be set correctly. Then the next important thing required would be the air movement to carry the water away from the clothes so that the air is dry that complements drying further. Then low humidity is another factor required. Low humidity takes care that the clothes which are drying do not attract water molecules to them.

Not cleaning the lint trap

This is one of the things that is never or less cared for by all of us. We keep thinking and postponing the act of cleaning the lint trap. When we postpone we don’t do it at all. This act of not cleaning the lint trap reduces the efficiency of the dryer and also might cause a fire hazard. This might be a problem permanently raising the need to altogether change your dryer. So make it a habit to clean the lint trap after every use. It might sound too much but would reduce the risks.

Not cleaning exhaust flex hose

This exhaust flex hose is responsible for the heat to escape from the dryer. It runs from the back of the dryer. Even though we need heat to dry the clothes, too much heat is not required. This might lead to a fire. So it is always better to clean the exhaust flex hose a few times a year so that they are clear of debris. This might be clogged of any pet hair or the lint sometimes.

Not checking inside of dryer equipment

We always think that everyday use of our dryer keeps the unit clean but this is not true. The drum might look shining but the other side is not the way we look at it. We must regularly clean the dryer equipment in order to maintain the freshness of the fabrics we use in it. If we don’t do this, we might end up wearing musty smelling clothes. We might have seen our clothes with white streaks at times. This is because we don’t clean the dryer equipment correctly. We should set aside periodic maintenance timing for it.

Too many dryer sheets

It’s not wrong to use a dryer sheet. They are often used for the softening of clothes and to reduce the static grip. If it is not wrong then why we should not use it is the question running in your minds. We should use only one dryer sheet per cycle. Adding too many dryer sheets is not going to give you any extra effect. It will not soften more. In fact, they might get jammed and create problems for the inner parts of the dryer. Also, ensure to remove the dryer sheet off the dryer every time you use it.

Too many clothes

It’s not all advisable to stuff too many clothing’s into the dryer unit. This is one serious tip for everyone as this is the most common known mistake of everyone. When we do this, we always think we are saving time but end up doing things twice. So it is always better to split our laundry and put it into the dryer. This might cause a lot of physical damage to the drum and hence it might break alone with bearings and heating elements.

Forget all these tips. As mentioned above, we consider dryers as a family member. So it is best to read through the user manual provided and feed the dryer properly with the optimum settings to get a long life with it. Just imagine what it would be like to be without dryers. Also, it is not very complicated to maintain this family member of ours. Just a little care and we can say bye to our clothesline!

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D. Hahn

DIY guru, dad, husband, blogger. When I'm not creating life hacks I'm teaching my kids how to fix stuff after their dad breaks it.

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