For many years, I have been living in apartments and have been regularly washing and drying my laundry in the coin-operated washers and dryers that are usually provided by the landlords.
While I’m very thankful and grateful to have the laundry machines available for use, I’m also aware of how expensive it can be to wash and dry your clothes in coin-operated laundry machines.
In the building where I live, each load of laundry I do costs $3 ($1.50 per washer load and $1.50 per dryer load). In an effort to minimize the amount of money I spend on doing laundry, I have thought of two ways that can help clothes to dry faster when they are in the dryer, which can help to save money.
Both time-saving methods that are described here were discovered inadvertently. Although each method is very basic and easy to do, each one can also help to make your clothes dry faster.
One way to make your clothes dry faster when they are in the dryer is to open the door while the machine is running, which will stop the dryer cycle. With the door of the dryer opened, rearrange the way the clothes are stacked on top of each other.
Quite frequently, the best results can be obtained by actually removing some or most of the clothing from the machine and re-arranging them. Normally, while the clothes are spinning around in the dryer, they have a tendency to clump-together, creating big, soggy masses of laundry that are hard to dry.
When you rearrange the clothes in the machine after they’ve been drying for a little while, they have a better chance of being able to dry effectively. Stick your hands right into the mass of wet laundry that has settled at the bottom of the dryer and separate any articles that have become entangled together.
For best results, try to put the clothes that were previously at the bottom of the dryer, at the top of the pile of clothes and vice-versa. It is good to keep the clothes in the dryer as loose as possible. This also helps to speed-up the drying process.
Another way to speed up the process of drying laundry in the dryer is to stop the dryer cycle by opening the dryer door, then cleaning the lint filter.
Removing lint from the lint filter is usually done at the beginning and/or end of the dryer cycle, but I have discovered that cleaning the lint filter a couple of times while the laundry is drying can help the laundry to dry faster.
When the lint filter is full of lint, the hot air in the dryer can’t fully circulate, which slows down the drying process.
Only recently did I begin cleaning the lint filter while the load of laundry is drying, but I’m amazed at how quickly the lint accmumulates on the screen. When I am drying a full load of laundry, the lint screen frequently becommes filled with lint after only 15-20 minutes of drying time. By emptying the screen of lint a couple of times during the drying cycle, the laundry seems to be drier at the end of the cycle than it would have been if the lint screen was not emptied.
Hopefully, these two methods will help people to get their laundry dried faster.
Personal experience with thinking of and using the described methods