A New Use for Dryer Sheets Your Friends Will Thank You for Employing (Video)
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Dryer sheets are fantastic at helping clean laundry smell clean. But did you know they can also help dirty laundry smell clean(er)? This trick is helpful anytime you’re forced to live in close quarters with clothes that are especially dirty: camping trips, ski trips, relay road races, summer hotel stays, etc. Even better, you can throw dryer sheets into luggage, sleeping bags, and drawers to keep clothes smelling clean throughout your travel or at home. Watch the video above for a few easy dryer sheet hacks. Your friends and travel companions will thank you.

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Ultrasonic Dryer Does the Laundry in a Fraction of the Time
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​Heating laundry inside a standard 220-volt clothes dryer is a huge energy drain. But one scientist just found a brilliant way to reinvent the dryer, making it simultaneously faster and more energy-efficient to do the laundry.

Ultrasonic humidifiers use high-speed vibrations to turn water into steam, so Ayyoub Momen, a staff scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, turned that method on fabric. It’s one of those ideas you picture bursting into the brain of an engineer who sits upright in the middle of the night, scribbling on as fast as he can on a piece of paper. The result is a battery-operated system that takes fabric from soaking to bone dry in a fraction of the time of a heat-pump dryer while using a fraction of the energy.

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Currently, the prototype is a silver dollar-sized transducer (a piece of metal connected to a battery) that dries a wet piece of fabric in about 20 seconds. Neither the fabric nor the transducer get hot, like with a regular dryer.

The bad news: you can’t buy one at the Home Depot (yet). The good news:

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Hotpoint BHWD149 Washer Dryer – White

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