A team of appliance experts have revealed five items that should never touch your tumble dryer.

Households with tumble dryers will know how expensive the appliances are to buy - never mind run.

On average, they cost between £300- £600 to purchase which means they're an investment that you will not want to make regularly. 

Although they can last up to 13 years, problems with tumble dryers can develop quickly when they are not looked after.

Appliance experts at RGBDirect have shared their expertise on things that you should never put in the tumble dryer to extend its lifespan.

5 items that could damage your tumble dryer

Items with Metal Parts

Avoid putting items with metal components, such as bras with underwire or clothing with large metal buttons, in the tumble dryer. The metal can damage the drum, create noise, and potentially lead to malfunctions.


Putting shoes or sneakers in the tumble dryer can damage both the shoes and the appliance.

The tumbling action may lead to noise and potential harm to the dryer drum. It's better to air-dry shoes.

Dryer Sheets or Fabric Softener Towels

While these are commonly used in dryers, some manufacturers recommend against using them as they can leave residue on the lint filter and reduce the dryer's efficiency over time.

Check your appliance's manual for specific recommendations.

Items with Excessive Lint

Clothing or fabrics that shed a significant amount of lint, such as heavily worn towels or fuzzy blankets, can contribute to lint buildup in the dryer's components, reducing efficiency and potentially causing malfunctions.

Clothing with Adhesive Decorations

Items with adhesive-backed decorations, such as patches, labels, or stickers, can melt in the heat, causing a mess and potential damage to the dryer components.

5 items that could be damaged by your tumble dryer

The experts at RGB Direct have also warned against putting these items in you tumble dryer since they could be damaged during the cycle.

Delicate Fabrics

Delicate fabrics such as silk, lace, or certain synthetics may not be suitable for the high heat of the tumble dryer.

Air-dry these items to avoid shrinkage, distortion, or damage.

Bathing Suits with Elastic

The heat from the dryer can break down elastic fibres in bathing suits, leading to loss of elasticity and a decrease in performance.

Down-filled Items

Down jackets, comforters, or pillows may lose their fluffiness and clump together if placed in a tumble dryer.

Opt for air-drying or use the dryer with caution, following manufacturer recommendations.

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Items with Plastic or Vinyl Components

 Clothing or accessories with plastic or vinyl elements, such as raincoats with plastic coatings, can melt in the high heat of the dryer, causing damage to both the items and the dryer.

Dry Clean Only Items

Items labelled as "dry clean only" should not be put in the tumble dryer, as the heat and agitation can cause damage.

Instead, follow the care instructions on the garment and opt for air-drying or professional dry cleaning.”