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While putting your sneakers in the washer is fine, skip the dryer. The heat and constant spinning make your sneakers, shrink, warp and become just a big mess.

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There's nothing worse than a droopy swimsuit at the beach. That lack of elasticity can come from chlorine or salt water, but it can also come from your dryer. The heat from the dryer wears down the fibers of the material, making them limp instead of stretchy. This is another item that should be air-dried.

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Your bra shouldn't go in the washer or the dryer if it has underwire or padded cups. The wiring and padding can get warped by oscillating with other items. Skip the dryer for any bra, though. Just like with swimsuits, the elastic can wear out quickly because of the heat.

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Fake leather is a big no-no in the dryer. The heat will make it shrink, pucker and warp.

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Real leather is an even bigger no-no. Heat can make it crack. Besides, leather should never get thrown in the washer in the first place unless the label says it's OK.

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​Bath mats

Bath mats that have a rubber backing will crumble when exposed to the heat of the dryer. Trust me. Cleaning pieces of yarn and rubber out of your dryer is not fun.

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​Toys other than stuffed animals

I feel like I shouldn't need to say this, but I think I better...just in case. Even though you can wash Legos and other toys in mesh bags in the washing machine doesn't mean you can quick-dry them in the dryer. There's no water in a dryer to cushion them. The tumbling of the dryer could break the toys and they could dent the inside of your machine.

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The metal hooks on overalls can beat the drum of your dryer and leave dents. The best way I've found to dry overalls is to throw the straps over a clothes line and buckle them. No indentations from clothespins on the straps and they dry wrinkle-free.

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​Clothes with embellishments

The heat can also wear down any glue used to hold on rhinestones, glitter and other embellishments. Even if you use no heat, the tumbling around in the dryer can bend and warp decor. It's best just to let these items air dry.

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​Tights and hosiery

Tights and hosiery are just too delicate to put in the dryer. In the dryer they get runs or tangle up into a mess.

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