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January 17, 2019

So you want to know why The gentlewasher doesn’t have a spin dry function. We get it. It seems like the obvious choice. Drying faster is better. You have places to go, people to see, and you can’t really do that in your birthday suit….well you probably shouldn’t… just to play it safe.

You don’t have time to sit around and watch your clothing dry whilst opportunities pass you by. In fact, you feel an excruciating amount of FOMO just thinking about it.

Breathe. We hear you, we really do. But believe us, there’s a reason for NOT including a spin dry function and it’s actually a really really good one. Hear us out.

Here’s a quick little science lesson before we send you off with some tips to lower that FOMO anxiety that’s been creeping up:

Whether you own a gentlewasher (coolest person ever) or not, (could be cooler, but points for reading this post) you probably know that much of the time human progress has a negative impact on our environment. Ie. Cars = pollution. One of the more endearing qualities of the human race is that most times, when we realize our negative impact, we try our best to do better.

So you know about human progress, but you may not know about microfibers.

Microfibers are fibers (plastics) that are shed from man-made materials when our clothing is washed in a washing machine. Polyester, nylon, acrylic are all fibers that are synthetic and therefore shed microfibers. The fibers are too tiny to be filtered out which means they end up in our water sources, our oceans, our foods and, inevitably, in us.¹ We don’t know about you, but we’re not really interested in ingesting plastic…. Not really our thing, ya know?

This is one of the reasons the gentlewasher doesn’t have a spin cycle. Studies show that washing your synthetic clothing for a shorter duration and at lower revolutions (the higher the revolution the more friction between clothing items) significantly decreases the amount of microfibers that are released into the water.² It’s our way of doing better for this world and the people in it. Better than a gift on Christmas Morning? We think so.

But that’s not all we’ve considered. Spin cycles also cause irreparable damage to your clothing. Research shows that mechanical agitation (like countless revolutions in a washing machine or dryer) is what causes the fabric in your favorite garments to weaken.³

So while we 100% understand drying your clothing faster has its benefits, we’ve got our eye on the bigger picture—keeping you and our environment safe.

So now (hopefully) you’re on board. You get what we’re trying to do here and you support it. (Thanks for that.) But you’re still just hanging out in your skivvies waiting for your clothing to dry and well, you’re cold. It’s Winter and you’d really like it if your sweater would dry just a wee bit faster. We understand that struggle and because we’re in this for the long haul #relationshipgoals -- we want to share a few tips that will help your responsibly washed clothing, dry that much faster.

 

6 Ways To Dry Your Clothing Without A Dryer

Tip 1: Purchase a drying rack or a clothing line. Drying racks are perfect because they can be folded up and stuffed in a closet out of sight. A clothing line may seem a bit unconventional for inside of your apartment, but when mounted discreetly on a wall, it’s virtually unnoticeable. Just remember to duck when you’re using it.

Tip 2: Setup a box fan. If you need your clothing to dry faster, consider buying a box fan and positioning it facing your just washed and hung clothing. Box fans are extremely strong so If you set your box fan to high, make sure you are firmly holding on to something...we had you for a second there.

Tip 3: Use your hair dryer. Place the setting on low cool or low heat and blow the hair dryer over the garment you want dry. Remember to keep the hair dryer moving back and forth --you want to keep the flow of air evenly distributed so as not to cause any heat damage. This can also count as your arm workout for the day. Hello, biceps.

Tip 4: Use a towel. Place your garment flat on a towel. Roll the towel up (like a cinnamon bun) until you can no longer see the article of clothing. Mindfully squeeze the towel by pushing down on it in all directions. Do not twist the towel or you may stretch the fabric of your garment. Once you feel you’ve squeezed enough, unroll the towel, flip it over and roll it up again (like a cinnamon roll) using the drier side. Or if the towel is too wet, use a second dry towel. Anyone else want a cinnamon roll right now?

Tip 5: Use your iron. Lay a clean towel over your wet garment and iron the towel. This indirect heat will help to speed up the drying process. Make sure the iron setting isn’t too high or you might damage the garment. Now that the iron is actually out, you might as well iron some things, like that wrinkled shirt you were going to wear to your holiday work party. #NoShame

Tip 6: Put your clothing in the freezer. It may seem absurd, but putting your newly washed clothing in the freezer actually works! Neatly fold the garment you want to dry and place it in a plastic bag. When garment is fully dry, take it out of the bag and iron it to warm it back up again. Yea… we know… mind blown.

So now you have more drying tips than you could ever have wanted in this lifetime. Go forth and dry clothing like the laundry boss that you are. FOMO...what FOMO?

 

 

¹https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/06/511843443/are-we-eating-our-fleece-jackets-microfibers-are-migrating-into-field-and-food

²https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/3/2/15-ways-to-stop-microfiber-pollution-now

³https://www.reviewed.com/science/how-dryers-destroy-your-clothes


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