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Does Adding a Dry Towel in the Dryer Help Clothes to Dry Quicker?

Every now and then someone comes up with a random life hack that everybody loves. Most of us would never think to add a dry item into the dryer, because why would you? It’s already dry! 

Turns out it works! Here’s why. 

Adding a dry towel into the mix is a great way to reduce moisture, as some of the dampness from the other items transfers over to the towel. 

A dry towel is a better option than a dry pair of pants, for example, due to a much bigger surface area for absorption. 

By decreasing dampness, this in turn leads to a quicker overall drying time, saving both energy and money. A win-win! 

Using your dryer consumes a lot of energy, so anything you can do to reduce running time is going to have a great impact on your bank account, especially with energy prices unfortunately being so high at the moment.

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Having said all of this, you have to remember to take the towel out of the dryer after 15 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, it will just contribute further to any remaining dampness, as the towel will have absorbed all of the moisture from your other laundry at this point. 

This will result in a longer cycle time, rendering your dry towel hack useless! 

A common mistake is to overload the dryer with wet items, making the process much longer and energy consuming than it needs to be. 

For best results, make sure to only load your dryer so it is roughly half full (if you’re unsure, best to check the manual!). 

There you have it—a super quick and easy trick to save time, energy and money. Give it a try and see what you think!