We all know that air-drying your clothes is the best way to go but sometimes a dryer can prove to be a lifesaver of note. But, while you might be tempted to throw any old piece of clothing in the dryer some items just don’t mesh well with the appliance. And, let’s face it; we’ve all shrunk or damaged our favourite piece of clothing in the dryer at least once in our lives! To make your life a little bit easier, here are 5 items you should avoid putting in the dryer – even if it does need drying in a jiffy!

1. Your favourite swimsuit

Sure, your bikini might be able to withstand the heat on the beach or poolside but putting it in the dryer is a serious no-go due to the extreme temperatures inside the dryer. Putting your swimsuit in the dryer can cause the spandex in the costume to become brittle and even snap and no one wants to hit the beach with a saggy bikini bottom.

2. Delicate pantyhose and tights

While pantyhose tend to dry pretty quickly there may come a time when you’re tempted to throw it in the dryer before heading out the door. But don’t give into temptation as this delicate material will shrink when exposed to the heat in your dryer. Of course, they can also get tangled and tear in the commotion and then you will have to chuck it in the bin.

3. Beautiful bras

No matter how badly you want to wear your favourite bra, a dryer is no place for something this delicate! The heat and movement can cause damage to underwires as well as the bra’s elasticity and shape. Putting your bra in the dryer can cause it to stretch and get all bent out of shape.

4. Embellished pieces

The crazy motion of the dryer is the last thing your fanciest tops, dresses and jackets need. The heat and movement can cause the embellishment to fall off and could potentially snag and damage any other items in the dryer. Rather think about laying the garment out on a towel to air dry in a safe place.

5. Running shoes

If you’re itching to hit the road for a run but you’re shoes aren’t dry, don’t even think about putting them in the dryer! The heat from the dryer can shrink the rubber, ruin your cushioning, and weaken adhesives, leaving your trainers weak and useless. However, any shoes that aren’t used for athletic activity can be thrown in the dryer for a quick dry – just make sure you throw a few towels in there with them and set your dryer to a coll-air cycle.