Finuala has earned the Forehead Smack of Brilliance with her shoe-drying hack.
My son came home with wet school shoes. When I complained to a friend I was going to have to listen to shoes THUMP THUMP THUMPING in the dryer for the next hour, she said “Do the door trick!” What’s the door trick??
THIS: Hang the shoes inside the dryer by pulling the shoe strings up over the outside of the dryer door with the shoes on the inside.
Close the door and the strings will hold the shoes in place. This keeps the shoes suspended in the center of the dryer away from the tumbler but allows them to get the heat and airflow to dry them out.
If the shoelaces slip through the door seal and fall back into the dryer, try again but this time tie the shoelaces in a bow on the outside of the dryer.
We had dry shoes in an hour and didn’t have to listen to the annoying noise!
Can I get a HALLELEUYAH? (I live in a permenantly damp town. This hack is deliverance.)
A few tips come to mind:
- Set the dryer heat on medium to low to protect vinyl soles. Leather and suede might not hold up to this treatment, but if the shoes are crappy it’s worth a shot.
- The dryer should be mostly empty (maybe a few dishrags or knockaround clothes, but nothing that will tangle with the shoes).
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