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I put in a huge load of wet towels into the tumble dryer and......

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permaquandry Mon 12-Nov-12 20:38:09

......they came out dry, fluffy and smelling fresh! I am now a very happy, first-time owner of a tumble dryer.

OOI, what can you safely tumble, other than towels and sheets?

BraaaaaainsButterfield Mon 12-Nov-12 20:39:44

All those thick heavy cotton t-shirts, cardis, jumpers etc you have around the house being damp for ages in winter? Not any more you don't!

Fadingfast Mon 12-Nov-12 20:45:36

Good for socks, pants, pyjamas, towels, sheets, but I never use for things like tshirts, tops, jumpers or anything that I wouldn't want to get out of shape or worn.

ImperialStateKnickers Mon 12-Nov-12 20:48:19

Everything except silky undies, tights and dds school jumpers, which disintegrate.

Nothing dries outside at this time of year and I haven't room to have stuff airing around the house.

PiedWagtail Mon 12-Nov-12 20:48:51

Everything!!!!!!! Marvellous invention smile

RobinSparkles Mon 12-Nov-12 20:50:34

Most things!

I got mine last winter, it's fabulous! I don't know how I ever coped without one.

MarzipanAnimal Mon 12-Nov-12 20:50:40

I put in t-shirts and stuff to partially dry so they have that nice, soft tumble dried feeling and they dry quickly but I haven't had any shrink or anything

kige Mon 12-Nov-12 20:50:49

Most things say in the label and even things that say they can't be tumble dried often still can.

Personally :

All school uniform
All childrens clothes (unless a special dress or waterproofs etc)
I never buy children's clothes that can't be dried unless it's something I have no alternative to.
Tshirts and casual tops
Some trousers
All towels sheets flannels etc apart from waterproof mattress protector
Even some men's shirts can be done.

ChippyMinton Mon 12-Nov-12 20:52:17

non-iron school uniform smile

permaquandry Mon 12-Nov-12 21:03:41

Thx so much for the replies. Is it wrong to feel so excited about this contraption, I'm literally bursting with anticipation?! I've also bought a portable steamer, I'm in domestic heaven!!!!grin

Crikeyblimey Mon 12-Nov-12 21:09:33

Our tumble dryer is the second BEST thing we ever bought (dishwasher being first)!!

I tumble try everything except dh's cycling gear and our hiking socks.

Enjoy smile

PigletJohn Mon 12-Nov-12 21:55:57

knitted cotton, like T-shirts will tend to shrink at first. So I just get a bigger size and after a couple of washes it's shrunk a bit.

some low-price jackets have fusible interlinings and will pucker at the lapels, they will be marked dry-clean only. Like mattress covers with polypropylene backings and skirts, which melt at high heat, will probably be OK at low-heat setting but take longer.

my cotton business shirts go in but set to ironing-damp.

Chelvis Tue 13-Nov-12 11:51:31

I do everything except tights!

ClaimedByMe Tue 13-Nov-12 11:55:06

I would give up my dishwasher before I gave up the drier, you will wonder how you ever managed without one.

I stuff in everything on the list kige gave.

InNeedOfBrandy Tue 13-Nov-12 11:55:49

I love my tumble dryer to! Word of warning dc Tshirts do tend to shrink and I personally don't do jeans as they get washed out to quickly. I would do them the odd time but not every time if that makes sense?

My dryer gets
tea towels
cushion covers
some tops

I have a little airer over the bath for the odd thing that doesn't go in.

InNeedOfBrandy Tue 13-Nov-12 11:56:23

And coats and trainers/daps.

lynniep Tue 13-Nov-12 12:02:35

I tumble dry pretty much everything. Except Wallis dresses which bobble and shrink. I have shrunk all of DHs sweatshirts too unfortunattely.

marquesas Tue 13-Nov-12 12:13:16

I don't do expensive T shirts, knitwear, anything with a transfer on, swimming costumes or synthetic sportswear.

So, basically shirts, school uniform, bedding and towels but only in the winter. I've got washing on the line today which I think will dry as it's mild and breezy here.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Tue 13-Nov-12 12:13:16

Put shirts in for a few minutes, then stick on hangers until you're ready to iron - MUCH easier.

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 14-Nov-12 01:27:18

The things I don't put in are:
Anything with elastic/lycra in it eg tights, cycling shorts
Anything with an applique (as I find that the fabric around the applique shrinks a bit and the applique doesn't, so you are forever tugging it taut)
Swimming costumes

Anything else goes in. We bought separate washer and dryer this year, and I finally have a dryer that actually dries. Its a revelation and I absolutely love it. Its quickly become 100% indispensible.

Startail Wed 14-Nov-12 02:44:54

Horrid things, crease everything to high heaven and eat electricity.

However, they are good for towels

Startail Wed 14-Nov-12 02:46:19

Plastic printing sticks together and high Lycra hates them.

PigletJohn Wed 14-Nov-12 09:32:16

They are infinitely preferable to a house full of wet washing leading to condensation, damp and mould.

A modern one will typically use 60p worth of electricity for a full cotton load, and correspondingly less for a lighter or synthetic load holding less water. Some heat-pump models use much less, but as they cost an extra thousand pounds to buy, may not be a money-saving choice

Mine doesn't cause creases, some items are fit to use without ironing.

DinosaursOnASpaceship Wed 14-Nov-12 09:35:22

I put everything in mine.

Although I did a load of the boys clothes the other day and ruined them. They were t-shirts and jumpers with pictures on them and they all sort of melted and got stuck together!

Beamur Wed 14-Nov-12 09:37:19

Never tumble dry thermals. They come out Barbie doll sized.
Synthetics need to be dried on a cooler setting or they will shrink too.

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