While portable clothes dryers are great for drying all types of clothes, they can also be used to effectively dry common winter accessories like hats, scarves and gloves. These items often require more specialized care when drying to maintain their shape, softness and longevity.
Drying delicates like knit hats and fingerless gloves is where a portable dryer really shines, with customizable settings that allow you to dry individual items gently without distortion or shrinkage.
By following a few simple tips, you can get the most from your portable dryer and keep your winter accessories in great condition for years to come.
Hats are one of the easiest winter accessories to dry in a portable dryer. For the best results, always load knit hats inside a mesh laundry bag before placing in the dryer drum.
This will allow air circulation while preventing the hat from slipping out of shape during drying. Use the lowest heat setting - around 110 degrees Fahrenheit - and check the hat frequently. Remove the hat from the dryer while still slightly damp to avoid over-drying and shrinking.
Flor felt and wool hats may not require any heat at all and can be "air dried" using just the fan setting. Once dry, reshape the hat and allow it to air dry fully before storage to achieve maximum fluffiness.
These simple steps will help keep beanies, knit caps and winter hats in like-new condition, season after season.
Scarves can also benefit from the customized care of a portable clothes dryer. Lay delicate silk or wool scarves flat inside the dryer drum on no heat or low heat settings to avoid shrinking or damage. Check scarves often and remove while slightly damp to prevent over-drying. Fluff scarves after drying by waving and tossing them around to soften fibers. For knit scarves, use mesh laundry bags to prevent tight folding during drying which can lead to creases.
Leather or synthetic scarves used for warmth can also be dried flat on low heat but may require scrunching or twisting first to release excess water. Never wring or twist these types of scarves to avoid cracking or weakening materials. Hang scarves to dry completely for best results, especially if air drying in a humid environment. By properly drying and storing scarves, you can keep them soft, prevent pilling and have them looking new season after season. With some practice, you'll be an expert at drying almost any style of scarf in your portable clothes dryer.
For gloves, stuff them with newspaper or towels before drying on low heat to maintain shape. Keep like pairs together in the dryer to ensure even drying and prevent stretching between fingers.
Check gloves frequently and remove while still slightly damp. Allow gloves to air dry completely before wearing again or storing for the season. By following tips for properly drying each type of accessory, you'll maximize the lifespan of winter essentials from your portable clothes dryer.
Tips for all items
A few additional tips will help ensure successful drying of hats, scarves and gloves in your portable clothes dryer:
- Always clean the lint screen before and after drying accessories to prevent clogs. Delicate fabrics can easily get caught in a blocked lint trap.
- Separate accessories from other laundry like towels or heavy fabrics which can slow drying time and prevent even heating.
- For an extra fluffy finish, remove accessories while still slightly damp and lay flat or hang to air dry completely. Fluffing and reshaping provides maximum softness.
- Avoid drying fur trim items, leather or vinyl accessories in a clothes dryer altogether due to potential damage. Air drying is the safest method.
- Use mesh laundry bags for knit accessories with holes or openings to prevent snagging during the drying cycle. Bags also contain loose fibers and prevent distortion of shape.
- Be aware that prolonged drying or high heat can cause shrinkage or weakening of fabrics and materials. Stick to gentleness for best long term results.
- Consider an air fluff or air drying cycle instead of heat for delicate silk, lace or lace-trimmed accessories when possible. This provides softness without heat damage.
- Check seams, closures and any reinforcements regularly for signs of tearing after repeated drying cycles and adjust as needed. Proper care and washing techniques help extend the lifespan of winter essentials.
By following these best practices, you'll be an expert at fully utilizing your portable clothes dryer's capabilities and gentleness for all types of accessories in no time. Keeping warm has never been so easy or felt quite so cozy!
To get the most life out of your hats, scarves and gloves, a portable dryer used correctly can be invaluable. As we've discussed, properly loading and setting the dryer as well as checking items frequently during the cycle and reshaping after drying are key techniques for success.
With some practice of the tips covered here, you'll be drying delicate winter accessories like a pro and keeping them fluffy, soft and damage-free season after season.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions about drying or maintaining your favorite winter hats, scarves and gloves for optimum comfort and longevity. With the right care, your accessories - and your portable dryer - can stay in the game for many cozy winters to come.