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Dry laundry

Anybody notice their clothes coming out of the laundry extremely dry and chapped, any tried and true suggestions? Thx.
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Re: Dry laundry

Add softener to your washing load? Or select the right button on your drier (if you can)? For instance, I can choose how dry I want my stuff to be.
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Re: Dry laundry

I thought that might be the case.. thanks.
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Re: Dry laundry

The water in Switzerland seems to be "harder" (ie: alot of calc) than alot of other places I've been. Maybe try de-calcing your wash machine?
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Re: Dry laundry

Yes, must be the the kalk in water. You just have to use something like Calgon with the washing powder.

When washing towels I pour concentrated vinegar in the the "softener" section of washing machine - rids towels of any kalk build-up, and they come out super-soft. ("Essig Essens" - about 4 times stronger than ordinary vinegar) It does an extra clean-out of kalk build-up in washing machine too.
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When washing towels I pour concentrated vinegar in the the "softener" section of washing machine - rids towels of any kalk build-up, and they come out super-soft. ("Essig Essens" - about 4 times stronger than ordinary vinegar)
Don't your towels smell like vinegar then?
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Re: Dry laundry

Are you pulling the clothes out of the washer dry and chapped or the dryer? I would definitely recommend using fabric softener (the best kind is Lennor and Müller has everything a bit cheaper than Coop) and washing the clothes with cold water on the more delicate cycles.

When you wash the clothes on delicate the spinner doesn't spin the water out as long which results in two things 1) wetter clothes 2) less wrinkled/chapped feeling clothes.

I've maintained rich colors with always washing with cold water and washing on a more delicate cycle with detergent and fabric softener. I use to have the problem of my clothes always drying "crunchy" on the line, but now the problem is solved.

Haha, wow… I feel like such a housewife right now. Not a bad thing, of course, I just see how thorough that answer was. I hope it helps!
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Re: Dry laundry

I use putz essig (washing vinegar, I guess) in my fabric softner compartment for towels - stuff doesn't smell like vinegar at all.

For fabric softener, I use the one from Held - it has a very light fragrance, and works well - you just need a tiny bit. I also use a water softner from Held in the 40 or 60 degree wash.

I wash most clothes at 30 degrees, sometimes 40. Towels and sheets are usually at 60. My washing machine has a 17 minute cycle which is great for wools and silks. Otherwise, I use the shortest cycle I can (41 or 60 minutes).

I don't use the highest setting on the dryer for clothes (just towels and sheets), take the stuff out as soon as I can, let it air for a little bit and it's just fine.
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