Sunday 17 November 2019

Could this simple household trick save hundreds on your electricity bill... and even dry your clothes faster?

The tumble dryer can have a huge impact on an electricity bill
The tumble dryer can have a huge impact on an electricity bill Newsdesk Newsdesk

Every home owner knows the eye-watering impact the tumble dryer can have on an electricity bill, but an Australian cleaning expert reckons there could be a way to lessen the financial blow.

Aside from, you know, actually hanging your washing out on the line, which would bring down the costs altogether, author Shannon Lush reckons a tumble dryer's cycle can be cut short just by throwing a dry tea towel into the drum.

The cleaning gurusays the dry tea towel acts as a sponge and absorbs water from the wetter clothes in the machine.

Speaking on Australian programme Sunrise on Sunday, Lush said: "I hate clothes dryers but if you've got to use one, stick a dry tea towel in with your wash and your wash will dry a third faster."

Lush also criticised generic fabric softeners and claimed that they "don't work". Instead, she reckons adding two tablesppons of bicarbonate soda and two tablespoons of vinegar to each wash will work better.

"Use the white vinegar instead of fabric softener - fabric softener does not work at all," Shannon said.

"Fabric softener is just oil based and all it is doing is sticking oil in the wash. Put the vinegar in the fabric conditioner slot - there's no smell left at all.

"The one thing people complain about is that there is no fragrance and a lot of people use fabric softeners because of the fragrance. You can add fragrance oil if you want but for goodness sake use the tiniest amount, just one drop of lavender oil."

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