What to Put and Not to Put in the Dryer: Essential Tips

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the mishaps of using a dryer? It's easy to forget the essentials of using one. To help you make sure your clothes are always properly cared for, here are tips about what to put and not to put in the dryer. 

Learn more about the types of fabrics that should and should not be placed in a dryer, how to avoid shrinkage and keep your materials in better condition for longer. Let’s get started!

What to Put in the Dryer 

A. Cotton and Linen Items 

Cotton and linen items are some of the most commonly put-in items in a dryer. When drying cotton or linen items, it's best to keep the temperature setting low, as these items can shrink if exposed to too much heat. It's also important to keep an eye on the lint filter and clean it out regularly, as these materials can leave a lot of lint behind. 

B. Synthetic Fabrics

Synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and spandex are also safe to put in the dryer. When drying these fabrics, selecting a medium or low-heat setting is essential. Too high temperature might cause the material to become discoloured or distorted. 

C. Delicates

Delicates like lingerie should be dried by laying them flat or hanging them up rather than placing them in the dryer. If delicate materials must be placed in the dryer, they should be in a relaxed setting with a lower speed setting and no high heat. 

What Not to Put in the Dryer 

A. Wool Items 

Wool is a delicate fabric susceptible to shrinking and becoming misshapen if exposed to high heat. When wool is exposed to heat in the dryer, the fibres can constrict and cause the item to shrink, making it unwearable. To avoid this, it's best to air-dry wool items.

B. Leather Items

Leather is a natural material that requires special care to maintain its softness, shape, and colour. It can become stiff and lose shape when exposed to high heat in the dryer. It is advisable to air-dry leather items to avoid this. Hang them up or lay them flat in a well-ventilated area, and use a specialised leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple.

C. Items with Embellishments or Decorations

Items with beading, sequins, embroidery, or other decorations can easily damage or fall off in the dryer. The dryer's high heat and tumbling action can cause these decorations to come loose or break off, ruining the item. It is better to air dry or lay flat to dry objects with decorations to avoid this.

D. Items with Rubber or Plastic Components

Athletic shoes, raincoats, and other items with rubber or plastic components can melt or become distorted in the high heat of the dryer. This can cause irreparable damage to the article and make it unusable. Aside from air-drying, you can wipe down such items with a damp cloth.


The dryer can be a great help in your laundry routine. Remember to read care labels on clothes and double-check for any special instructions before throwing them in the dryer. Following these guidelines can help you save money by avoiding costly repairs and using your dryer more safely.

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