Never use your tumble dryer again thanks to the sneaky washing machine button that people ALWAYS ignore – save £100

Thanks to a clever washing machine button, homeowners will never use their dryer again.

Most people ignore the handy button, but it could save you hundreds of pounds over the course of a year.

Using a single button on a washing machine can save you a lot of money


Using a single button on a washing machine can save you a lot of moneyPhoto credit: Getty

Tumble dryers can be energy- and money-guzzling machines, costing around 67p per cycle.

In the warmer months we can hang clothes outside on clotheslines, but as winter approaches the opportunity to do so becomes less and less common.

However, there is a way to shorten the drying time of one of the most energy-hungry appliances in your home in colder conditions.

One social media user revealed that using the spin cycle has saved her tons of money over the years.

This speeds up the drying process after your fresh but wet laundry is finished.

In a post on

Another user replied: “I love this one, my grandma taught me.”

“Very handy if you put your clothes on a girl to try on, it cuts drying time by about six hours.”

Others recommended hanging laundry outside despite the more wintry conditions.

They wrote: “Continue to hang your laundry outside in the winter if the weather permits.”

“It may only be 80 percent dry, but that means 80 percent less energy needed in the tumble dryer.”

Remember that the price of running a clothes dryer depends on what type of machine you buy.

But on average, a tumble dryer uses about 4.5 kWh of energy per cycle, according to Uswitch estimates.

Each kWh of energy used costs 14.37p – meaning you use around 67p per cycle.

For large families who do laundry three times a week, that could mean you spend £104.52 a year drying your clothes.

Another way to reduce dryer usage is to first spin the washing machine for an additional ten minutes to make it drier beforehand.

Will Owen, energy expert at, said: “The longer your tumble dryer’s cycle, the more money it will cost you.”

“If your clothes are soaking wet, they will have to run much longer to get them dry, drastically increasing your energy bill.”

Additionally, you can reduce your bill by reducing the cycle temperature or simply deep cleaning your tumble dryer.

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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