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Washing rolling into a ball

(17 Posts)
paulines Tue 05-Mar-19 16:55:24

How can I stop duvets and sheets rolling into a ball in my dryer. I've tried tennis balls in the drum but doesn't work.

boat Tue 05-Mar-19 17:01:09

I wish I'd thought to ask this questions months ago because surely someone on GN will know the answer.

Up to 2 years ago I lived in a house and never had this problem. Now I have to use a communal washing machine and it happens all the time. I end up with washing draped all over the main cabin. Grr!

Is it the make of machine?

boat Tue 05-Mar-19 17:10:18

Sorry. The dryer is communal as well and I end up with partially dried stuff.

grannysue05 Tue 05-Mar-19 17:28:35

It's a mystery that is for sure.
I tried putting towels in with the duvets but only ended up with the towels INSIDE the duvet and a huge ball.

GrannyGravy13 Tue 05-Mar-19 17:46:25

Always remember to do up the duvet, this stops things getting inside.

EllanVannin Tue 05-Mar-19 18:35:02

I would have said that the drier isn't big enough to accommodate the size of the duvet ? Thus why it goes into a ball.

Maybelle Tue 05-Mar-19 18:51:07

Same problem here, duvet cover rolls up into a bsll. Sheets and pillow cases don't !
Forever unravelling. Duvet cover when forced to dry indoors

FlexibleFriend Tue 05-Mar-19 19:01:14

Put them in separately.

Maybelle Tue 05-Mar-19 19:19:41

They are put in separately dry sheet and pillow cases, then do the duvet cover.

lizzypopbottle Wed 06-Mar-19 17:13:32

Set the timer for a short time, get the cover out, shake it, replace it, set for short time, repeat. I think it's the only way. Persuade management to install one (or more) of the old fashioned pulley style airers?

Jalima1108 Wed 06-Mar-19 18:10:07

Always remember to do up the duvet, this stops things getting inside.
That's probably a good idea but by the time you've undone it to take off, done it up again to wash it , undone it to put it back on, done it up again ……

I've only noticed it doing this recently - so why?

Put them in separately.
The duvet cover still rolls into a ball. It is a relatively heavy cotton one.

Jalima1108 Wed 06-Mar-19 18:11:12

EllanVannin my new tumble drier has a larger capacity than the old one.

It's a mystery.

boat Wed 06-Mar-19 18:31:39

I've had to use a launderette a couple of times recently, the duvet dried beautifully and didn't end up in a ball.

The dryers were enormous.

Is this less of a problem with single size duvets?

BlueBelle Thu 07-Mar-19 04:20:44

I ve never had this problem or I ve never noticed this as a problem I just pull them out and fold them and never seen any balls Is it a new dryer ?

yggdrasil Thu 07-Mar-19 07:58:45

Some tumble dryers only go round one way. Better ones go one way then the other.

Anja Thu 07-Mar-19 08:08:43

Hang your washing on the line instead.

GrannyIris5 Thu 07-Mar-19 08:15:20

Only had this problem since buying a new dryer which only revolves in one direction.
Just take cover out and give it a shake before putting it back in dryer.