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Old 12-29-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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I'm trying to keep my various clothes looking nice. I don't dry clean, but if I hang clothes to dry, they can possibly stretch and it takes a long time for them to dry even with fan. If I put them in dryer, all that lint that comes off is pieces of material so it can wear down clothes faster, and for some reason my dryer seems to take a long time, plus I don't know if it is good for tshirts with stuff on the front. If I hang my clothes in the closet, they get those shoulder bumps which are terrible. But folding and putting everything on shelves takes a long time. I'm trying to make laundry/clothes a faster chore and less of a weight. But more importantly I'm trying to keep my clothes look nice and last a very long time. I know there is no great solution, but any suggestions?
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Turn them inside out when you wash and dry. Dry until mostly dry and then hang or lay flat to finish. Jeans and dress slacks can be worn a few times before laundering. Undershirts will keep dress shirts nicer longer and are cheap. But eventually all clothes will wear out.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Turn them inside out when you wash and dry. Dry until mostly dry and then hang or lay flat to finish. Jeans and dress slacks can be worn a few times before laundering. Undershirts will keep dress shirts nicer longer and are cheap. But eventually all clothes will wear out.
This. I usually dry my tees about 20 minutes on perma press cycle, and then pull them out still quite damp and hang them on tubular plastic hangers. When you store things off season, fold them and put them in drawers.

After you wear your jeans once, spritz them with water and run them through a 20 min dry cycle to shape them up again.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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Wash in warm or cold water instead of hot. Use a lower heat drying as well. Also, as already mentioned, don't fully dry in the dryer - long enough to mostly dry and be rid of wrinkles, then either hang dry or lay flat to finish.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:37 PM
 
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I forgot to add that a lot of my clothes say lay flat to dry, I don't have room to lay things out to dry, I'm guessing this is so they don't stretch? Also, why do most of you mention to partial dry in dryer. Full dry is bad? My dryer has a small vent inside that is some sort of metal. I was curious as to whether this is bad for my clothes. When they toss and turn and the wet clothes rub against it.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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If you're that fussy, try a laundry service.
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Old 12-29-2015, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I forgot to add that a lot of my clothes say lay flat to dry, I don't have room to lay things out to dry, I'm guessing this is so they don't stretch? Also, why do most of you mention to partial dry in dryer. Full dry is bad? My dryer has a small vent inside that is some sort of metal. I was curious as to whether this is bad for my clothes. When they toss and turn and the wet clothes rub against it.
I don't have room to lay things flat to dry either. I hang things up. I actually want my knits to stretch down so they don't look shrunken. The reason I don't dry my perma press things completely is to prevent shrinkage and because often, at least with knits, wrinkles set in. I have better luck letting them dry on hangers.

With woven shirts, I like to pull them out before they are dry, but sometimes I end up ironing them anyway. I've had all sorts of experiences with woven permanent press shirts! I never know.

I will make room for a wool sweater to lay flat. That is the best way to dry a wool piece. I lay it on a doubled towel on top of a counter. But I can't lay things flat all the time. Those directions are ridiculous and a cop out by the manufacturers.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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If I'm drying a single sweater I use this
https://www.allmodern.com/Pop-Open-M...-BJDS1003.html
I put in the tub for the first couple of hours and then move it to an area of tiled floor with a towel under it.
If I am washing more than one item that needs to be dried flat I use an item similar to this
Amazon.com - Honey-Can-Do DRY-01610 Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack, White - Clothes Drying Racks
Mine can handle 4 sweaters laying flat.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Wash in warm or cold water instead of hot. Use a lower heat drying as well. Also, as already mentioned, don't fully dry in the dryer - long enough to mostly dry and be rid of wrinkles, then either hang dry or lay flat to finish.
All this plus a gentle wash cycle.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: in here, out there
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Not using the dryer makes your clothes more linty.
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