Monday, July 14, 2008

Drying clothes in a hurry

Use the microwave carefully to dry small articles of clothing if you're in a rush. Do it in 30 to 45 second phases. Doing it in bigger chunks is risky because if your clothes get dry partway through, they'll char and burn. Not fun. Don't put anything with metal in, either.

If you're not quite so daring, or your clothing is too big, you can use your regular clothes dryer, though it takes a little longer. Don't just put that one item in by itself, though. If you do that, it'll just stick to the drum by centrifugal force; it won't tumble. Thus, it won't get exposed to the stream of hot air. Put a couple of bath towels in with it. They'll knock it around. As a bonus, they'll also pick up some of the moisture. And, of course, if it's something you need to iron anyway, you don't need to dry it all the way.

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Blogger Rich said...

Good tips. I would have never considered microwaving my clothes....

Though I'd be remiss not to point out there's no such "force" as centrifugal force. It's a consequence of rotational inertia.

July 15, 2008 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Ketan said...

It is a poor name for the phenomenon, but it is a familiar one, which is why I used it.

July 15, 2008 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Since when do you opt for social conformity over correctness?

July 23, 2008 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Ketan said...

Communication is compromise.

July 23, 2008 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

Fair enough.

July 28, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

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