Five things you should never put in your tumble dryer

Bras, lycra, tights and other things that will be ruined

5 Things You Should Never Put in the Dryer

Tumble dryers are life savers - but some items just don't mesh well with this heavy-duty appliance. If you want to avoid shrinking, warping, or completely destroying some of your favorite pieces in your wardrobe, check out this video.

Swimming costumes
While they can stand the heat on the beach, the harsh temperature in a tumble dryer will leave lycra brittle and broken. Small amounts of lycra (like you might find in the band of your jeans) are fine.

The delicate mesh material will shrink in the heat, while the tumbling motion can also cause them to get tangled. Have you ever tried to untie a knot in a pair of hosiery? You don't want to.

Your delicates are, in fact, too delicate to throw in the dryer as the heat and agitation of a dryer can damage the bra's elasticity and shape. Instead lay them flat to dry.

Don't put anything with sequins or stones in the tumble cycle as these may get damaged, while simultaneously snagging other items in the process.

Silks and delicates
Never put anything into the dryer without double-checking the label - especially if you're not sure what sort of fabric your clothes are made of. If air-drying or dry cleaning is recommended, it's for a good reason.

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