Throwing a load of clothing into the dryer might seem like the easiest option, but it could be destroying your favorite sweater. Hang drying can extend the life of your favorite clothes while saving you money on your electric bill. Here are the items you should absolutely be hang drying.
There’s a reason your favorite jeans feel a little too tight when they come out of the dyer. Though denim is known for durability, it also shrinks at high heat. Plus, there’s no greater clothing tragedy than a rip in your favorite pair of jeans. Air drying your denim can make your most flattering pair last longer.
Swimsuits are commonly made of polyester, nylon, Lycra, or Spandex. These stretchy quick-dry fabrics are perfect for swimming and surfing, but they’ll quickly lose that stretch if they’re regularly exposed to high heat in the dryer. Hang drying your swimsuits means you’ll get use out of them for several summers instead of burning through a new suit each year.
Like denim, wool shrinks in the dryer—but it’s a little more dramatic. If you’ve ever washed and dried an adult sweater only to pull out a child-sized version, you know this fabric is best air dried. Try laying wool items flat for the best results.
Bras, Underwear, and Hosiery
Bras, underwear, and hosiery are often made of delicate or synthetic materials that can lose elasticity, tear, or lose shape in the dryer. Plus, they’re not cheap to replace. Instead of throwing in bras and underwear, try hang drying on a clip and drip dryer that attaches to your shower to catch excess water.