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What to do to prevent clothes from tangling in the washing machine and dryer: essential tips

Alina MilsentLife
Laundry and drying clothes

Tangled clothes in the washer or dryer cause considerable discomfort. And it's not just about the need to untangle them - things can turn out to be dry on the outside but damp on the inside.

There are several ways to avoid tangling clothes. The Tom's Guide has described each life hack in detail.

Do not overload

You might assume that overloading the dryer will prevent clothes from getting tangled. After all, with less free movement, things might seem less likely to tangle. However, this is a wrong theory. The opposite is true. Clothes need space to avoid tangling.

Overloading the drum can also hinder proper drying, as decreased airflow prevents the heat from reaching the inside of the laundry. Consequently, only the outside gets dried. Overloading is not good for the dryer either, as it will have to work harder and consume more energy.

Overloading in general is also not good for the dryer, as it will have to work harder and consume more energy.

Shake the clothes after washing

Shake each clothing item before putting it in the dryer. This way, the laundry dries faster and won't get tangled in the drum.

Sort the laundry

Small items such as socks or pillowcases are often hidden in the sheets. It is recommended to dry large and small items separately. Wash bedding, towels, and other large items in one cycle and smaller everyday items in another.

Static electricity can also cause clothes to tangle in the dryer. When items come into contact and produce a static charge, they end up clinging and sticking to each other. Experts advise adding 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine to reduce static.

It is better to dry synthetic items separately from natural ones.

Buttons

Buttoning up your garment closes the holes that can allow small items to get inside during the washing and drying process.

Pause the cycle

Experts also recommend pausing the drying cycle every 20-30 minutes to shake things out.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to quickly dry laundry and avoid mold.

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