“RIP Dryer. We loved you and were confused by you (why did you only dry clothes on the highest heat setting?) for these past few months, and now you are gone. Well, you’re still here, but you’re not working…”
Yes, that’s right, dear readers. We broke the dyer. Just a few measly posts after I proudly wrote about saving money on laundry detergent, our friend Dryer kicked the bucket. Maybe Dryer was upset that Washer was getting all the attention, or that I haven’t yet switched from fabric softener sheets to dryer balls (tennis balls work, too). Or maybe Dryer was sick of being used a table for towels. Or maybe, just maybe, it was just Dryer’s time.
Either way, Dryer is dead. Want to know the gruesome details of how Dryer passed away? Ok then!
CF and I were doing laundry as usual on Sunday evening. And, as usual, we were trying to do several other things while doing the laundry…like make dinner and bake cookies for a bake sale. Also, you should know that ever since we moved in, Dryer has only ever actually dried clothes if we set it on the highest heat setting. Because of the high heat, we had to run to pull clothes out of Dryer as soon as Dryer BUZZED at us (Dryer’s BUZZ was so so loud!) so that my dress pants wouldn’t wrinkle.
So this past Sunday night, I was busily mixing cookie dough and awaiting the sounds of Dryer’s BUZZ. Only the BUZZ never came. Dryer just s t o p p e d. Quietly. CF and I looked at each other. We knew something wasn’t right. When Death enters the room to take away those souls ready to cross over, you can feel it. We could feel it. Something wasn’t right with our dear dear Dryer.
CF went to check it out. He tried pushing all of Dryer’s buttons and turning her dials, but Dryer was completely unresponsive. CF said, “Oh I–I can’t make out a heartbeat!”…no wait, that was Scuttle in The Little Mermaid. Right, CF probably said something more like “It’s not working”…no wait, he said “I broke the dryer!” because he was the last one to run it. (I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault really…)
Anyway, Dryer was no longer working. So now, we are left wondering why that is and whether or not it can be fixed cheaply. Of course, letting all of our clothes air dry is even cheaper than using Dryer, and since we are trying to save money, that may not be a bad route. However, if we do decide to just air dry our clothes for a while, we’ll need to start using a liquid fabric softener in Washer. I’m thinking distilled white vinegar. Anybody every tried that? I hear it works really well (and is totally eco- and Washer- friendly).
I’ve not used vinegar in the wash before, but I have been using apple cider vinegar as conditioner for my hair (more on that in a later post on DIY hair care), and I’ve got to admit that the vinegar makes my hair pretty soft (AND is an amazing de-tangler… seriously, the comb goes right through!)
Anyway, if anyone has any tips on what to do about Dryer, CF and I would be glad to hear them. And until next time, may all your laundry-ing be done with ease and may all your homes be happy!