Surprising Things You Should Never Put in the Dryer

Laundry is a necessary evil. It’s time-consuming, laborious, and has to happen all too frequently. After running a load of clothes in the washer, isn’t it just easier to throw everything in the dryer? Absolutely. But will it ruin some of your clothes and other household fabrics? Yes. The unfortunate truth is some things just don’t belong in the dryer.

1. Rubber bath mats

Gray and white patterned bathmat

High heat can crack the rubber. | iStock.com/Darren Platts

There’s nothing like getting out of the shower and stepping on a fuzzy bath mat. Bath mats with a rubber back are perfect for the bathroom as they’re non-slip and water resistant. But they aren’t perfect for the dryer! Because of their rubber backing, non-slip bath mats can crack on the underside if put in the dryer. And worst case scenario: The rubber material can light on fire if it gets too hot, causing a much more serious issue.

Instead, try hanging these mats up to dry outside. Do It Yourself also has some other great bath mat washing and drying tips (that don’t involve using the dryer).

 

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