I do the laundry – our linens, my bathroom towels, kitchen towels, my clothes – every two weeks. Jay and the kids do their own laundry and have done so for years. I’m very lucky (though, I guess I have myself to congratulate for training them all). 😉
Anyway, when we first moved into our house I was excited to see that we inherited a relatively new, Bosch washer and dryer. They are much fancier than what we had left behind for the renters at our old house. Except, it didn’t take us long to figure out that the appliances had some serious design issues. My biggest gripe is with the dryer. For all its “Ecosensor” technology and many settings, it’s very limited. Air fluff/No Heat is virtually useless when it comes to anything remotely wet. 20 min isn’t long enough to dry a load of sheets, let alone towels. 40 min is too long. I don’t like my laundry crispy. You might think Damp dry would work. But it’s 42 mins – even longer!!
Get a new dryer you might think. But that definitely goes against Gretchen Rubin’s True Rule “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” I know that I recommended rewording the rule to “Use it up, throw it out, make it do, or do without.” but, in this case, wearing it out is preferable to throwing it out.
So, whenever I put a load into the dryer I set it for 40 mins. And then I set the oven timer for 30 mins so that I can get my laundry out early. I save energy, I save wear and tear on the dryer, and I save my laundry from getting fried. I can do this until the cows come home. If the dryer lasts for 20 years – great! And, whenever it does die, I know what I’ll be looking for when I replace it. One with something as simple as a bloody timer!!!