Check the moisture of the wash load. If it's dripping wet, it's going to take hours to dry. All front loaders and most top loaders have a "spin and drain" cycle. This usually takes 15 to 20 minutes to run. You'll ultimately save drying time by using this.
Once the items from the washer are damp to the touch, rather than dripping all over your floor, move the laundry to a plastic basket. Once the basket is full and level, stop. Make exceptions for large bedding items. (See Step 5)
Separate out any large items that can ball in the wash, such as sheets, sleeping bags or table clothes, and put them back in the washing machine. These will just lead to very dry sheets with wet jeans balled in the middle.
Do not put more than a single laundry basket full of wet clothing into the dryer at a time. Leave the rest in the washing machine for the next load. If you have a front load washer, you're probably used to stuffing it full of clothes, which is OK, the washer can take it. Your dryer, however, needs to have circulation around the clothes so the wet air can escape. A dryer overflowing with wet clothes will just circulate wet air and not dry the clothing.
Dry large blankets or comforters by themselves or with their sheet sets. Because these items are mostly fluff and air, they still allow for circulation.
Always clean your lint trap. If your dryer simply will not dry, check the trap. You may find a giant ball of wet lint, which won't let wet air out and dry air in.
Use dryer balls to speed drying time.Your clothes will come out fluffier and softer too.
Things You Will Need
- A plastic laundry basket
- Dryer balls
- While it seems counter-intuitive, several smaller loads do dry faster than one large load. Air circulates freer through smaller loads, and as the air circulates it takes the moisture with it.