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Recently our dryer died. So we had to line dry our clothes until a new dryer could be delivered. Most things, especially towels, came out rougher and stiffer. Why is this?
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Re: Why does line drying make clothes rough?
« Reply #1 on: 20/08/2016 06:24:13 »
Did you use fabric-softener sheets in your dryer? Even if you did not, the agitation of the dryer would likely loosen up the fibers some, making them more pliable.
 

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Re: Why does line drying make clothes rough?
« Reply #2 on: 20/08/2016 16:02:39 »
I agree with Atomic; the movement within the mechanical dryer would have loosened up the materials by the time you came to collect the dry results. Except when it is very windy, most clothing remains relatively static on the washing line and hence is not subject to the same perturbation.

A bigger question is, therefore, why does washing stiffen in the first place, and how do fabric softeners work?
 

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Re: Why does line drying make clothes rough?
« Reply #3 on: 20/08/2016 16:16:25 »
Moisture on a fabric will tend to pull fibres together. It may be that not all water molecules are lost during slow evaporation. This will tend to 'glue' fibres together. On a windy day the moisture that would have remained would then be ejected by the airflow. In a drier the hot air may have an ionising effect. Not sure on that one.
 

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Laura Brooks put this to Neil Lant, research Fellow in the Fabric  Home Care division of Proctor and Gamble, who make Lenor fabric softener.



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