They Hung You Out To Dry

“Help prevent dryer fires” for only $39.50, plus shipping, with Lint Alert.

I was disgusted when I read this in the March 2011 “Consumer Reports Magazine”.


Because the last line said: “You still should clean the dryer duct periodically.”


I can save you $39.50, plus shipping, by telling you to clean the dryer duct regularly, not periodically.

(You can get a dryer vent cleaning kit at for $15.95 plus shipping.)

Lint build up in the duct not only causes fires, but it makes your dryer work harder. If there is not good air flow it takes much longer for the clothes to dry.

This is not only hard on your clothes, it also shortens the life of the dryer.

It is imperative that you clean out the lint trap after every load. If your clothes are taking a long time to dry, you may need to wash the lint trap.

That’s right, I said wash it.

Fabric softener sheets leave a waxy build up on the lint trap over time. The way to test your lint trap is to run water through it. If the water doesn’t go through, you have the waxy build up. I wash mine with soap, water and a scrub brush.

Another great tip to extend the life of your dryer is to dry everything on the permanent press cycle. It does not heat up as much, extending the life of the heating element.

My dryer came to me second-hand from my dad. He wanted to buy a new washer and dryer before he retired. His washer had broken down, but the dryer was still working.

He retired in 2006 and I am still using this dryer he purchased years before.

Of course, the best way to extend the life of your dryer is to hang your clothes out during nice weather.

Did you know hanging your clothes out can cost more than drying them in the dryer?

Yes it can, if you have allergies. Sleeping on sheets and wearing clothes that are full of pollen can wreak havoc with your allergies. What you would save in electricity or gas would be spent on doctor’s visits and medication.

You have to decide what works best for your family.

Never Let Them See You Sweat

I had to add to my blog about dressing for the weather that I posted on 12-31-09 because I have new information. I tested it for a month before blogging about it.

I wrote when the weather was twenty degrees and below to layer socks. I had to change that.

I read in the Blue Magazine, (published by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield), in the Winter 2010 issue about socks.

Don’t layer socks: Two pairs will limit circulation and make your feet colder.”

I tested this for a month and even though the temperatures got down into the teens my feet did not seem any colder. I always wear shoes or slippers, so that helps.

The only time my feet felt cold was when I had been sitting at the computer too long! If I got up and walked around to get the circulation going again they warmed right up.

You still need three weights of socks: light-weight for summer, medium-weight for the cooler days and heavy for any temperature below 20 degrees.

Another thing I read about in that article was concerning “Under Armour”. These are clothes made with breathable, polypropylene. Other brand names are: “Dri-Fit”, “ClimaLite”, “Drilete”, “Vapor Dry”, “Technifine” and “Cool Max”.

This clothing should only be worn as a layer when exercising, shoveling snow, etc.

“The right base layer will wick away moisture from the skin and pass it to the outer layer of fabric where it can evaporate so you don’t chill.”

If you use it as a base layer for normal activities it will wick the sweat from your armpit and transfer it to the next layer.

“Pitting out” (sweat circles under your arms) is acceptable in the gym, not the office!

Staying warm and dry saves money two ways: you can turn down the thermostat and it avoids a doctor visit for hypothermia!

Keep warm and keep your money!