Ok friends, hereâ€™s a challenge: try to rethink the way you do one commonplace task. That has been my mission lately, and Iâ€™ve had a few revelations. The first, and most obvious, has been that just because appliance instructions say to do something, doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s a steadfast rule (unless itâ€™s for safety reasons). For example â€“ letâ€™s take the clothes dryer. I air-dry the majority of my laundry with the exception of a few things, and those things get tossed in the dryer on Auto/High for 30 minutes.Thatâ€™s just what I do, and have always done. But, what if I didnâ€™t? What if I tried another setting? I know, crazy. But what Iâ€™ve discovered is that I donâ€™t need to use that high setting to get good results. Iâ€™ve actually found that using the â€œdelicatesâ€ setting (which is less hot than the â€œautoâ€ setting) dries equally as well, and in some cases, results in softer clothes. I didnâ€™t realize that the highest dryer setting was actually toasting my clothes and making them feel a little crispy! With the exception of my thickest bath mats, the delicates setting has worked just fine for a medium-sized load of laundry, and I bet even saves a little energy to boot. What everyday tasks can you rethink? — Rebecca F.
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