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Replace your iron

Replace your iron
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That magical permanent-press setting that most people never use is a wrinkle-reducing marvel and gentler on clothes, helping them last a little longer. The secret? It runs a little less hot than a standard drying cycle and switches to an even cooler temperature later in the cycle to help keep wrinkles at bay.

Learn more laundry secrets with these laundry facts most people don’t know.

Sound the alarm if something’s wrong

Sound the alarm if something’s wrong
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Some newer dryers have built-in sensors that monitor the dryer-vent status. These models will sound the alarm if the vent gets clogged– which could help you prevent a fire.

A clogged vent is just one of many surprising home hazards you need to know about.

Refresh your down quilt

Refresh your down quilt
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If your down quilt has flattened out a bit and lost a little bit of its fluff, running it through a dryer with several tennis balls can help restore its usual loft.

Be super energy efficient

Be super energy efficient
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For the longest time, clothes dryers didn’t earn Energy Star ratings because they were energy devourers. But within the past few years, several models have been released that can use 20 to 40 per cent less energy than standard models.

Dry your sneakers silently

Dry your sneakers silently
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Drying sneakers can make a sound like a cement mixer, and they could wreck your dryer. But with a drying rack installed in the dryer, you can cut back on the noise that comes with running heavy, clunky shoes in the dryer.

Kill germs

Kill germs
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Most dryers these days come with a handy sanitise cycle – and you’ll definitely want to take advantage of it. Run your most germ laden clothing through the dryer on that setting, and you can kiss those germs goodbye.

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Dry your delicates

Dry your delicates
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You don’t necessarily have to air-dry your unmentionables—or your child’s beloved stuffed animal – anymore. Newer models have a separate, smaller dryer section custom-made for keeping your not-so-dryable items safe.

Learn these clever ways to use dryer lint around the house.

Refresh an outfit

Refresh an outfit
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Some newer clothes dryers can help you easily get a wrinkled or not-so-fresh outfit ready to go. The dryers are hooked up to cold water: The machine heats the water to create steam, releasing wrinkles and adding freshness.

Kill off bugs

Kill off bugs
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The heat of the dryer is an all-natural (and fast) way to murder ticks, bedbugs or lice, according to the University of Minnesota. Just make sure to run the objects in the dryer for at least 30 minutes at high heat to kill them off. It may sound icky to put bugs in your dryer, but it can work!

You’ll wish you knew about these expert laundry tips sooner.

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