There's no question the tumble dryer offers convenience on another level. Not only does it give us instantly dry clothes and fluffy comfort, it also can eliminate the necessity of an iron.
But, dryers also have the potential to shrink and damage your most-loved garments.
As tempting as it may be to throw something in for a quick spin, there are some items that should never see the inside drum of a dryer.
Here are six items to avoid throwing in your machine at all cost.
Underwear: Don't you dare
Lace, clasps, straps, padding, under-wiring...
Bras are an invitation to a dryer disaster party. Who hasn't lost an underwire to the hot metal drum after a spot of tumble time? You're best to stick to air drying.
Keep your swimsuits in shape
Togs are designed to keep their shape in both pool and sea water, so they are easily damaged by tumble drying. Hang them on a washing line instead: their fabric is designed to dry quickly.
In a tight spot
Tights are notorious for shrinking in the dryer. Plus, it's an easy way to get them laddered.
Instead, give them a quick hand wash and hang them in the sun, you'll be surprised how little water they retain.
Our most bedazzled pieces, while elegant, are usually incredibly delicate. Sequins are easily ripped off in a dryer, leaving you with a patchy piece you may never want to sparkle in again.
Sequinned or bejewelled items are best dried flat and stored flat too. This is so the weight of the gems doesn't pull and stretch the fabric.
Throwing a white pair of Chucks or trainers in the washing machine can seem like an ideal way to get rid of unwanted spots and splatters. But don't put them in the dryer: Not only will the sound of them rumbling around the drum drive you crazy, they can also be damaged in the process.
Instead, stuff them with newspaper and dry them in a hot water cupboard.
Last but not least, if you're washing any rugs or bath mats, make sure not to put anything into the dryer with a rubber backing.
The non-slip coating can spark fire. It's not really worth the convenience, is it?