We’ve all had it happen to us, we open up the dryer to grab clean sheets to put on the bed only to find a tangled up ball.  Once the sheets are untangled, they are a wrinkled mess and the expectation of crisp and clean sheets are a distant memory.

This is a problem readers ask me about very often.  I know just how frustrating this is because it used to happen to me all the time until I came up with this simple solution.  I’m going to back up a bit and tell you a little bit about my sheet washing process.  I have a simple cleaning routine (go here if you’re new here) and Saturday is Sheets + Towels Day.  That means I wash all the sheets and towels in the house on Saturdays.  This might sound like a lot, but I do this on Saturdays because everyone is home and can help with the process.

Here’s how I keep the sheets from tangling up in the dryer.  Ready?

  • When I move the sheets from the washer to the dryer I make sure that the sheets aren’t tangled up by untangling them a bit as I put them in the dryer.
  • Place the wet sheets in the dryer with 3 dryer balls – the dryer balls help to keep things from getting tangled and they cut down on dry time.
  • Here’s the trick:  Put the dryer on time for 20 minutes.  Once the 20 minutes are up, open the dryer, pull out the sheets and untangle them.

Repeat this until the sheets are dry.  I find that I only need to do this one or two times and the sheets are dry and ready to go – without being in a jumbled mess.

Want to see some more of my laundry tricks and tips?  Head to this post – Essentials for Laundry.