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Drying Towels
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Post# 1159785   9/18/2022 at 07:38 by Roscoe62 (Canada)        

Wondering about when drying towels is it better to separate dry hand towels and face cloths to keep them longer so they don't damage from overdrying? Or is there enough mositure in the dryer to prevent that from happening?

Post# 1159806 , Reply# 1   9/18/2022 at 10:03 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Things dry better with mixed load of various sizes. Hand and face towels IMHO wear out faster more due to hard wear compared to bath towels.

You shouldn't be over drying anything, it's bad for fabrics...

Post# 1159809 , Reply# 2   9/18/2022 at 10:35 by Roscoe62 (Canada)        
Wear out faster

That is why I double up on them, especially face cloths, when buying towels. I usually dry one notch above normal on my dryer, as normal leaves the load too damp to fold and put away.

Post# 1159810 , Reply# 3   9/18/2022 at 10:41 by kenwashesmonday (Carlstadt, NJ)        

I dry my towels on hot.  Drying on medium would mean longer tumbling, more wear, and more lint in the filter.

Post# 1159811 , Reply# 4   9/18/2022 at 10:47 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Hand towels and face cloths are always first to go.

Have tons of white towels bought from England years ago that still look pristine. OTOH face/hand towels and wash cloths are hopeless. It's like buying table linens, one always buys more napkins, and same with face/hand towels and wash cloths.

Several years ago got into waffle weave towels and quite fancy them now. Far easier to launder and dry quite quickly.

Post# 1159828 , Reply# 5   9/18/2022 at 13:45 by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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I always dry the towels on high, and everything else for that matter too, except the sheer curtain panels or anything thats delicate, of which we have very few items. I want to have the dryer run for as short a time as possible to save electricity.

We buy large packs of inexpensive washcloths that are fairly thin at Target or Walmart. Granted they donít last forever, but we get at least 3-4 years out of them, which isnít bad when you consider that they only cost about $12.00 for 12. I donít need to have the washcloths match the bath and hand towels. We only use washcloths once, then in the hamper they go, so they arenít left out as a decoration, they are strictly utilitarian.

The worn out cheap washcloths are used as cleaning rags when they are no longer good enough for bathing use. Waste not want not.


Post# 1159834 , Reply# 6   9/18/2022 at 14:03 by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
Oh, and BTW

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Horror of horrors, I wash the towels with clothing in mixed loads, even with dark items.

My washer NEVER leaves lint on anything, even if a kleenex or paper towel mistakenly finds its way into the wash. Every load comes out of the washer lint free and the same way out of the dryer too.

The washer is a BOL Roper TL. Iíve never known any other washer to be as effective at keeping lint off of finished loads.


Post# 1159859 , Reply# 7   9/18/2022 at 18:43 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Drying Temperature And Operating Costs

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It is always less expensive to use the lowest heat setting that gets the job done, even though the dryer may run somewhat longer.


That said the difference is less than 10% in most cases.


John L.

Post# 1159893 , Reply# 8   9/19/2022 at 01:44 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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"BOL Roper TL."


I remember in the late 90s buying these for my rental props at Circuit City for $188. 

You could buy either the washer or dryer for that price.


But it's quality Whirlpool DD just without the water level and temperature controls.   



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Post# 1160183 , Reply# 9   9/23/2022 at 05:09 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I used to dry everything on low in my GE gas dryer.  It was always perfectly done when it beeped.  The Frigidaire isn't as sensitive.  Even dried on high heat and sensor setting it still takes another 15 minutes to get done.

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