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Drying clothes appropriately can make all the difference to how they look and feel when you come to wear them.

Acrylic knitwear

Dry flat, away from direct heat, unless otherwise advised by the care label.

Cotton and linen

These can be dried on a hot setting in the dryer, or on a washing line.


Check the care labels to find out whether these can be trusted to the dryer, whether they should be hung on a line, or dried flat.


Woollens can lose their shape when hung up, so it is best to dry them flat, either on a special drying screen, or on a table on which you have first spread a towel. Dry away from direct heat or strong sunlight which can cause yellowing of woollens.

Line drying outside

Sunlight can cause colours to fade so dry bright / deep dyed colours in the shade or where possible turn them inside out.

Using a tumble dryer

Check the care label for any specific instructions. Some clothes are not suitable for tumble-drying and will need to be dried on a washing line or dried flat. Regularly remove any build-up of fluff from the lint tray. When setting the desired drying time, remember that you may want your clothes slightly damp if you are planning to iron them afterwards.