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RealSimple.com: Easy Clean Up Solutions for Every Room

In the Laundry Room

Bad Habit: Letting Clothes Sit in the Dryer
They’ll wrinkle, forcing you to embrace the rumpled look or do extra ironing.
Good practice: If you won’t be there when the beeper goes off, put the dryer on extended tumble, which periodically tosses clothes, without heat, for a preset amount of time to prevent wrinkles. For dress shirts and pants, select permanent press, a setting that dries slowly, with low heat, and finishes with a cool-down period to minimize creases. (Some machines add an extended tumble to the end of the permanent-press cycle.) If your dryer
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doesn’t have these options, or if you forget to use them, fluff a wrinkled load by throwing in a damp towel and restarting the dryer, says Steve Boorstein, the author of "The Clothing Doctor’s 99 Secrets to Cleaning and Clothing Care" ($5, amazon.com).

(Photo: Monica Buck)



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