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5 Things You Should Never Put in Your Whirlpool Dryer

by May Fitzgerald

5 Things You Should Never Put in Your Whirlpool Dryer

Being dry is important.

No matter if it’s your laundry, a newly painted bench, or your clothes after getting off a water ride when you still have a whole day left at the amusement park, staying dry is quite important.

And that’s why dryers are important. And no matter which Whirlpool dryer you have at home -- Maybe you just purchased Whirlpool’s Front Load Electric Dryer – there are some things you should always remember not to put in your dryer.

We’re looking at you Robby: You know why you lost your dryer privileges. Don’t be like Robby. Instead, learn from this practical list and keep your dryer happy for years to come.

1. Gum

Gum is great for many things, like chewing, blowing bubbles, or sticking under tables and chairs at the movie theater. It is not great for clothes that are going through the laundry.

It’s best practice to go through each pocket of every article of clothing before putting them in the washer or dryer. (Why? Then you won’t pull out your FAVORITE PAIR OF PANTS ROBBY, THEY WERE MY FAVORITE PAIR OF PANTS, only to find out that SOMEONE left a pack of gum in them and now that gum has melted and permanently joined, stained, and become one with what used to be your favorite pair of pants.)

2. Sandy things

So, you just returned from a wonderful trip to the beach, and now you have a whole bunch of sandy beach towels. Of course, it just makes sense to throw them in the dryer to shake the extra sand out. Right? Riiiight?

WRONG ROBBY. Sand can really mess up your dryer, so don’t do that. No sand in the dryer. None. It can actually get trapped in the inner workings of the dryer, which can do damage to your machine. We don’t want that, and you don’t want that either.

Also, for a bonus tip: Don’t put bathing suits in your Whirlpool dryer either: It will stretch out the fibers. You’re welcome.

3. Brassieres

Bras and the heat of the dryer just don’t play well together. They aren’t friends, they don’t call each other back, they don’t share LEGOs, they don’t play in the sand box, and they totally don’t eat at the same lunch table.

If you want to keep buying bras over and over again, sure, throw them in the dryer. If not, stick with hang drying them, which will work toward keeping them alive as long as possible.

4. Rubber-backed bath mats

While they may be great to dry your feet on when you get out of the shower – and keep you from falling and slipping on the bathroom floor – rubber-backed bath mats are best left to dry on their own, instead of placing them inside your Whirlpool dryer.

We’ve heard some stories. And while they weren’t exactly “Goosebumps” levels of horror, we still wouldn’t recommend seeing what happens if you put a bath mat in the dryer.

5. Animals

5 Things You Should Never Put in Your Whirlpool Dryer

Come on now. Yes, while this may come as a surprise to some people, but you really shouldn’t put your pets in the dryer. No, not even if they are wet, Robby. Dry them off with a towel. Anything but putting them in the dryer.

Now, the internet is mixed on whether it is OK to put plush, stuffed animals in the dryer. Some places say yes, but some say no. Let’s just say we wouldn’t trust our personal collection of stuffed animals in there. Better safe than sorry when it comes to Mr. Fluffy.

Questions? Need more advice? Come to our store today – we love talking all things Whirlpool and are happy to answer any and every question you have!