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To stick the kids clothes in the f***king dryer??

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Jazzybeats Wed 03-Apr-19 20:17:25

We have 2 kids, 1 and 3, who generate a lot of washing. We also have a washer dryer.

DP infuriatingly insists on taking out the kids clothes from the wash and hanging them up to dry. Every. Single. Day.

Believes that the washer dryer will shrink the clothes.

Creates a ton of extra work for us that I reckon is not needed.

I don’t have the energy to argue about it but DP constantly moans about the never ending washloads and yet doesn’t see the martyrdom!

AIBU to stick the bastard clothes in the dry cycle or will they really all shrink to nothing???

NotSoThinLizzy Wed 03-Apr-19 20:18:58

Depends on how hot you'll have it on plus if clothes are cheaply made

EstrellaDamn Wed 03-Apr-19 20:19:20

IME kids stuff can shrink; plus dryers use soooo much energy. I hang clothes and just use my dryer for towels. Otherwise the thing would never be off, and our bills would be horrendous.

FabulouslyFab Wed 03-Apr-19 20:19:55

Stick them in the dryer! It costs more electricity wise but if you fold them straight away afterwards it certainly saves on the ironing! 👍

Singlenotsingle Wed 03-Apr-19 20:20:05

He's right. If the weather's nice, hang them outside. They will be fresher, and it saves on electricity. YABU to keep on using the dryer when it's not necessary. I thought there was supposed to be great concern for the environment?

MGgirl Wed 03-Apr-19 20:20:14

Uhm, why would theirs shrink but yours don't ? Am I missing something ? Must admit I love the smell of line dried washing and hate socks in the drier as they always seem to shrink, but why make more work in a busy life ?

WoogleCone Wed 03-Apr-19 20:20:23

Most kids clothes are tumbler friendly. For the very reason that it's never ending and needs to be easy!
Who wants the extra workload?!
Also - the labels will prove to him!

DisplayPurposesOnly Wed 03-Apr-19 20:21:34

Who on earth irons little kids' clothes??!

Neverender Wed 03-Apr-19 20:21:53

This is odd. I tumble dry all of our clothes...

Jinglejanglefish Wed 03-Apr-19 20:22:03

I always hang up our washing and never use the drier. I'm worried about shrinking things, our energy bill is high enough as it is and seems to take hours. Plus it's the putting away bit of laundry I hate, I don't mind hanging up. The drier doesn't put it away for me.

Jinglejanglefish Wed 03-Apr-19 20:22:55

I don't know why I've said drier not dryer confused

ThisMustBeMyDream Wed 03-Apr-19 20:23:00

They 100% do shrink. I have tested this out more times than necessary blush.
I hang all tshirts and anything nice or expensive. The cheap stuff I'm less bothered about goes in. But yes. It shrinks.

Dermymc Wed 03-Apr-19 20:23:40

Hang them up. So much energy wasted by tumble driers

RB68 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:23:56

Tumble things that don't matter so muslin cloths, towels, inexpensive clothes, sheets and bedding etc. Personally I prefer line dry for clothes but thats me. If dried on the right cycle then they shouldn't shrink but cotton items should be done on a gentle cycle to avoid that - they can take the heat but DH is right they do tighten

Fr3d Wed 03-Apr-19 20:23:59

Definitely agree the tumble dryer is hard on the clothes. I got lots of hand-me-downs from a friend who line dries and they are in fab condition...much better than clothes I brought and tumbled dried. I still put everything in the dryer tho

CheshireChat Wed 03-Apr-19 20:24:18

Virtually everything is dried with a dryer here as we don't have any outdoor space and I think only one jumper's shrunk.

I'd keep sticking them in the dryer and if your DP is not happy they can sort it.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Wed 03-Apr-19 20:25:34

I also think it shrinks. I’m willing to risk it on some stuff. I sometimes go for the worst of both worlds by hanging it on the airer and the finishing off in the dryer (usually when the next load is ready for the airer).

eddiemairswife Wed 03-Apr-19 20:26:13

Do you need to wash everyday?

Babysharkdododont Wed 03-Apr-19 20:26:27

I tend to put kids pants / socks / vests / pj's and tights in the dryer, and hang dresses up on hangers on the airer. Saves a fuck tonne of ironing and faffing about.

hothotsoup Wed 03-Apr-19 20:27:25

I do exactly the same! Have to say that the dryer does shrink the kids stuff (mine are younger though)

Greaterthanthesumoftheparts Wed 03-Apr-19 20:28:55

I um elf dry everything and yes they shrink, DS is often in clothes a size up which fit perfectly because I have shrunk them.
It’s just a case of having appropriate expectations! 🤣

Rubusfruticosus Wed 03-Apr-19 20:29:05

He's right to hang them. I wouldn't own a dryer for environmental reasons.

darceybussell Wed 03-Apr-19 20:30:48

They grow out of the clothes so quickly I don't think it matters! I stick them all in the tumble dryer!

Sassypants82 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:31:19

I don't even have a line. Absolutely everything is tumble dried. I have two kids and another on the way. I can't keep up with it as it is. We have a very energy efficient large dryer & it's a lifesaver. Used to have a washer / dryer & it wasn't good at all. Stand alone dryer is much better.

Purpletigers Wed 03-Apr-19 20:31:32

Can you compromise , tumble the items which won’t shrink and hang out the items which might . I used my drier a lot more this winter than ever before .
My goodness it was a revelation. £100 extra on the electric bill but so so worth every penny .

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