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RealSimple.com: Secrets of Your Washer and Dryer

Dryer Settings to Try

Snap out of your “normal” routine and give one of these options a spin.

Quick Dry: About half the length of a normal cycle, this setting uses high heat to dry a few items, like the uniform needed for today’s game, fast.

Permanent Press: Slow drying with low heat helps wrinkle-free garments live up to their name and keeps the hard creases out of things you typically iron. A cool-down period at the end cuts down on the wrinkles that form when clothes sit in the machine.

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Heavy Duty: Choose this for sturdy items that take a long time to dry (towels, sweats, jeans)—they’ll tumble for an extended period with high heat.

Delicates: A short, low-heat cycle for—you guessed it—delicates and other items labeled “tumble dry low,” such as Spandex workout gear, which loses its stretch when too much heat is used.

Air Dry: A cool-air setting for items that can’t take any heat, such as plastic tablecloths and rubber-backed rugs.

Extended Tumble: Periodically tumbles clothes, without heat, for a preset amount of time after they’re dry to prevent wrinkles. Ideal for when the beeper goes off in the middle of dinner.

Dryness Control: Lets you choose how dry you want your clothes to be—from “damp” to “very dry.” Leaving things a little damp makes them easier to iron and ensures they don’t get fried.

Manual Dry: Say you have a pair of jeans that fits perfectly when dried for 20 minutes on “medium.” This setting allows you to customize the drying time and temperature.

Delay Start: Sets the machine to turn on at a later time so clothes don’t sit around when you’re not home to fold them.
(Photo: Nichola Evans / Getty Images)



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