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Why are clean clothes scratchy, and air dried clothes scratchier and stiffer than those dried in the dryer?

Asked by jca (35994points) September 18th, 2010

I don’t use any fabric softener at all. I find that if i air dry my clothes they are extra stiff, whereas if i just dry them in the dryer they’re somewhat scratchy but not that stiff.

why is that? and why are clean clothes scratchy but when they’re worn for the day they soften up?

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chocolatechip's avatar

What exactly do you mean by “scratchy”?

I think it has to do with wet clothes holding creases in the fabric together. When the clothes dry, the creases remain, making your clothes appear “stiff”. I’ve had this happen to me before.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Yeah, I don’t enjoy wearing clothes that just came off the clothesline. I have to tumble them in the drier first. I think it’s the weight of the wet cloth that pulls it down while drying, which kind of makes it stiff. Like if you had a wet washcloth sitting on the side of the tub for a couple days, and then you pull it off.

truecomedian's avatar

Towels that are air dried are more absorbent because of this.

blueberry_kid's avatar

When I was in Mexico for a while, this happend alot. But… One; I got useed to it. Two; When you air dry your clothes, its turns hard and itchy because in a drier , its heated and dried in motion with lots of other clothes. And oxygen is being hit with the seperated clothing out in the open, where as them being packed together in a drier.

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