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. Running shoes

Female hands lacing running shoes. Closeup

Putting your sneakers in the dryer can cause lots of problems. | iStock.com/Fizkes

Running shoes are expensive! Imagine this: You buy a new pair of Nikes and get them dirty. You’d probably give them a good scrub and throw them in the dryer, right? Big mistake. Drying athletic shoes can shrink the rubber, ruin your cushioning, and weaken adhesives, leaving your sturdy sneakers weak and useless, says an article in the Times Union. Writer John Splendido explains the proper way to dry your running shoes. (Hint: It involves stuffing them full of crumpled up newspapers.)

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