5 Laundry Myths Debunked: Dryer Edition

Dryer Myths

From lost socks to fabric softener to the lint trap, we prove that many popular misconceptions about dryers are actually all wet.

Do socks really go missing in the dryer? Do your jeans actually shrink - or is the culprit last night’s pizza? There are several myths floating around out there about dryers. Mike Showalter, dryer expert from Sears, debunks the most common dryer misconceptions.

5 Laundry Myths Debunked: Dryer Edition

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5 Dryer Myths BUSTED

Myth 1: Everything shrinks in the dryer. BUSTED! Not true, says Mike Showalter, dryer expert from Sears. “Reading the item’s label, using the correct temperature setting and selecting the correct cycle is best practice.” Lack of moisture is what causes fabrics to shrink. Tip: Many dryers now have moisture sensors and will automatically shut off when the clothes are dry. Just use the automatic setting instead of the timed.

Myth 2: You can’t overload a dryer. BUSTED! Yes you can – and it can have serious consequences. When you overload the dryer, you upset the airflow, and it takes longer to dry clothes. I can also damage the drum, motor, and other important components.

Myth 3: Socks disappear in the dryer. BUSTED! They’re usually under or behind the dryer. They might actually be disappearing in the washer, where they can get sucked in the agitator.

Myth 4: You don’t have to clean the lint screen after every load. BUSTED! “All manufacturers recommend cleaning the lint screen on every load.” Showalter says, it’s also important to have your dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis to shorten dry times and prevent fires.

Myth 5: Fabric softener sheets can cause the dryer to catch fire. BUSTED! However, the invisible buildup on the lint screen most likely will make your dryer work less efficiently. Tip: Clean the screen periodically with soap and water. Allow it to dry completely before putting it back.