Reducing drying time?

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.hilary.'s picture
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Reducing drying time?

Anyone have any tips for cutting down on drying time, or is an extra dryer cycle just something to be expected?

I'm prepping my natural fibres, and they are taking forever to dry. After 2 hours in the dryer, they're still damp in places. It seems like everything is getting balled up and preventing an even spin and equal drying. My hemp fitteds are the worst, they were definitely still damp...the bamboo inserts came out a little damp, and the cotton prefolds were pretty dry, unless they had gotten bunched up together. All told I had 12 newborn prefolds, 6 small fitteds and 6 bamboo inserts, so I guess it's not a very full load.

Just seemed like a long time, a full load of clothes is bone dry in about 70-80 minutes!

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2+ hours?! That seems excessive to me but then again I live in an area with 30% humidity most of the year. The heating element on my dryer was broken last week and my diapers still dried in about 6 hours of just tumbling at room temperature. Are you drying on hot? Alternatively, you could line dry. That would at least cut down on your electricity bill.

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I know, it seems so ridiculous!! Yes, I am drying on hot. On my second round, I made sure to really shake out each item from the wash so that they didn't start out bunched up. That cut down the drying time a little, maybe to 90 minutes but I still have them all laying out to fully dry because the bamboo inserts are still decidedly damp, and the fitteds are a little damp around the elastic where it bunches. Not sure what's going on :confused: My fleece pockets and covers dried in well under an hour...hmm. Maybe I should get DH to look at the heating element, that might be an idea.

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Line dry the rest maybe? If thats not possible I hang mine on a clothes airer under the fan over night, they are always dry by morning. To save on costs I put the clothes airer in our room where the fan is on anyway. It's humid in summer here and rains alot so line dryingcan take awhile, but on a sunny day I can get mine line dried in at most 8 hours on a clothes airer in the yard. Being in Canada I'm guessing it's getting cold, but if you have a heater on inside could you try hanging them inside the heated house and see if that works. I have no idea on how central heating works, every where I have lived is built to be cool not warm and when it got cold we used space heaters.

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Hm. Well I live in the same place as Erin and never had this problem either--mine always dried in one cycle on LOW, other than AIOs, which did take forever and a day (why I hate them)

An idea, though--what if you put in something like a dry towel (or, I think someone posted on here or somewhere about putting jeans in to dry with the diapers made them softer)? Just something that is heavy and might bash them around and help break up clumps but not contribute any more moisture?

I would also definitely check and make sure that your dryer is working properly. That doesn't sound right.

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Fitteds take me forever to dry! I line dry mine half way before throwing them in the dryer for the rest of the way.

Have you tried dryer balls? They have definitely helped at my house! Smile

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Back when I had a dryer, I used to use the low setting for 120 minutes and the diapers were dry by then. And we use almost all AIOs. So yeah, if your diapers are still not dry, I would worry about your machine. Something sounds off!

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I would try adding a large dry towel to the load or use dryer balls.

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I have to do 2 cycles also. It depends on how many diapers I wash. I did find the "more dry" works better then the time settings on most machines. So instead of 2 cycles if they are not dry it keeps going.

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Try doing an extra spin cycle (if you have that option) and definately add a dry towel (or two if you have room). Some of the wetness will be transferred onto the towel making the entire load less wet and it will dry quicker. Smile

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Thanks everyone!! I really appreciate the help Smile

Outdoor line drying isn't an option where I am, unfortunately...however I can air dry indoors pretty well. I ended up letting the fitteds air dry the rest of the way to save running yet another dryer cycle, and that seemed to work okay (although they arent quite as soft after that). Also I kept a close eye on the last cycle, and it seems extremely hot in there, but everything really does bunch up together and gets caught in one spot, managing to stay quite damp. So I'm thinking the suggestions of a dry towel and a dryer ball will really help. Thanks!! Smile

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If you are worried about softness, air dry first, then run a dryer cycle.

.hilary.'s picture
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Oh thanks!! I do that with clothes all the time, why didn't I think to do it with diapers?! Maybe my baby brain...lol!

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Thats ok, sometimes the things that make the most sense are the hardest things to think of. I never bother sending mine through the dryer, I probably should with my flats sometimes, if I sun them they get so stiff, but the little guy doesn't seem to care and I just give them a good shake before folding