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Poll: How long do YOU dry for?

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  1. OutOutDarnBugs

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Jun 14 2009 17:28:45
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    Just out of curiosity... I know people use different dryers, but I was wondering how many quarters you all choose to use up.

    On a wet load, with only clothing (the thickest being jeans or a sweatshirt), loosely packed, in a large laundromat dryer, I do 90 minutes (I tested the dryer once with a insta-read thermometer and it was a nice 150 degrees). I get worried, though, when a pair of socks that was balled together comes out of the dyer kind of... damp still. Argh!

    I still play around with dry loads, though...

  2. Grindstone99

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Jun 20 2009 12:00:54
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    My first PCO (which I fired) said 10 minutes with already dry clothes. I don't trust that at all!

    If they are wet, I usually go 30 minutes after being dry.

  3. lil_bit_obsessed

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Jun 20 2009 20:51:12
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    for me...

    wet clothing: until dry plus 20 minutes
    dry clothing: about a half hour
    heavier items like pillows or comforters (from dry): one hour (don't overstuff the dryer though)
    items such as bookbags, duffel bags, etc: around a half hour as well.

    i now often travel with a duffel bag or large hiking pack rather than a suitcase, that way i can dryer my items and the bag when i return home.

  4. spideyjg

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Jun 20 2009 21:00:39
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    Unless you measure it, you are just gambling. See the tag

    Jim

  5. goawaybugs

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Jun 20 2009 22:29:46
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    I've started testing the temperature 45 minutes before I plan to take the clothes out. If it reaches 130 on the insta-read within a couple of minutes, I stop measuring and let it go to the end (I'm assuming 120 is the lethal temperature and giving myself a 10 degree margin of error). If it struggles to get above 125, I add on another 15 or 30 minutes (depending on how paranoid I'm feeling) and measure again 15 to 30 minutes later. 90 minutes for wet is my default, assuming the temperature is high enough 45 minutes prior to the end, and 60 to 90 minutes for dry.

    One other thing I've noticed is that putting too few items in the dryer is almost as bad as too many. Something about the clothes flinging against one another seems to minimize pockets of air that don't heat up.

  6. paranoidinlv

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Sep 10 2009 16:36:03
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    So is there a "rule of thumb" about how long it needs to be at 120+ degrees to kill them? I'm just getting started with this whole problem and I'm striving to find a balance between paranoia and good practice.....


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