Today’s topic your clothes dryer!

This may shock you but the first clothes dryer was a rope stretched between two trees and the sun. In 1892, George T. Sampson improved on that simple design with a device that used heat from a wood stove to dry clothes. The electric tumble dryer we’ve come to know and love first appeared in the early 20th century.

Try fitting that into your laundry room!

Try fitting this into your laundry room!

A hand-cranked clothes dryer was created in 1800 by M. Pochon from France.  J. Ross Moore, an American inventor from North Dakota, developed designs for automatic clothes dryers during the early 20th century.

His design for an electrically-operated dryer was developed and released to the public in 1938. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens developed the first electric dryer with a glass window in the 1940s.

Early 1940s prototype electric dryer

Early 1940s prototype electric dryer

Here are a couple more fun facts about the appliance, the average home clothes dryer leaves a carbon footprint of about 4 pounds per use and the average load capacity of a dryer in the United States is 11 pounds.


If we assume a tumble dryer might be used 4 times a week, the CO2 emitted in just one week would be nearly 7.6 kg or 396.7 kg per year (which is the same as a Nissan 4×4 taking a one way trip journey from New York City to North Carolina!)  



One of the most common WASHING MACHINE repair problems is the washer not draining after its cycle. This is completely preventable problem!

Any items that may come apart like rugs,  or that have strings even small items can ruin the pump of a washer. Costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs and service fees!

Always try to use a mesh bag for small items. Check the pockets of all clothing Before loading the washer. Overloading causes premature failure of major components. Before loading your washing machine, it is very important to check all the clothes pockets.

Leaving items like coins, nails, screws, pens, etc, in your pockets, can damage your clothes and your machine. It is not uncommon for drain pumps to fail prematurely because of a foreign object getting stuck in the impeller. A forgotten fountain pen can destroy your favorite shirt and your favorite machine too!

Always check your pockets!

Always check your pockets!