What is not allowed in the dryer?

In many households, it is common to put everything that is wet around, just put in the tumble dryer. This is often good - but some things are not allowed in the dryer, but at most in a drying cabinet. What this is exactly, and what dangers exist, you can read here.

Notes on the care label

The very first and most reliable point of contact for questions on what is allowed in the dryer is the respective care label. The symbols are self-explanatory.

The square with the circle in the middle symbolizes the dryer. If it is crossed out, that means an absolute ban on drying. That should be taken seriously.

A dot in the square means that the laundry may only be dried at a reduced temperature. Two dots in the dryer symbol indicate that even higher temperatures are possible. These instructions should be followed as well as possible, because dryers are quite capable of completely destroying garments.

Which by no means allowed in the dryer

An absolute ban is for plastic upholstered garments (such as shoulder pads or padded bras). Here can be a fire hazard!

For the same reason, textiles that are contaminated with solvents or were before washing should not be put in the dryer. It could even come to explosions here.

Due to the high dryer temperatures (in the case of condenser dryers sometimes up to 125° C), plastic applications can melt on T-shirts. Therefore, such T-shirts should by no means be placed in the dryer.

For shoes, the dryer is not the most appropriate place, but fabric shoes and sneakers usually survive a few dryer operations when stored in a dryer basket. Leather shoes must not be in the dryer. They are then ready for the garbage bin, because the leather immediately becomes brittle and begins to break up when it dries quickly.

Wool and other fine fabrics can shrink at higher temperatures. For cotton, it depends on how the cotton was treated and how the fabric is woven.

Sometimes pure cotton is almost as sensitive as wool. To avoid felting and shrinking, wool should only be placed in the dryer if it has a suitable program.

Tips & Tricks

Always take the instructions on care labels very seriously. Fabrics are much less resilient today than they used to be, especially when it comes to cheap goods. Much of it does not actually get the dryer.

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