Monday, August 12, 2013

The {Dryer} Bar Method

As I get busier, I spend more time looking for ways to automate and make my life easier. A huge portion of that has been the introduction of Pepper into my daily chaos. She has stream-lined my existence so very much. A personal assistance is a luxury that I am incredibly fortunate to have, but it isn't reasonable for most. I want to introduce you so 6 inches of solid make-my-life-easier happiness.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

This is the Bounce dyer bar. It's an adhesive static cling eating monster that attaches to the side of your dryer and saves you from having to use dyer sheets.

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Now I know that putting dryers sheets in the dryer is not a big deal, but they were causing...errr.. different issues in my house.

Let's start this by saying that I am cheap. Once I get into a habit of frugality, I can't stop it no matter how much sense you try to bang into my head. My mother has always torn the dryer sheets in half and only used half for every load. I, in turn, started to do the same when I got my own washer and dryer, because, as I said, cheap. They turn into fairly small sheets of cling-y-ness and get lost in the shuffle of clothing. Instead of ending up in the garbage where they should have been, they would end up attached to clothing or somewhere on the floor. They never seemed to make it into the trash bin.

Here lies the problem. The big dog? He thinks those things are delicious. He looks for them and eats them as quickly as possible. I cannot tell you how many times I've seem him chewing on something invisible only to open his big boxy mouth and find a piece of a dryer sheet sneaking its way down his throat.


Anyway, hubs begged me to use whole ones so there would be fewer pieces all over the house, but I was, you know, hard-headed about it. While walking through the store one day, I saw the dryer bar on the shelf. It was more expensive than a box of dryer sheets, but it just seemed so simple. I imagined the angels singing from the heavens about the miracle of clothes drying that this was going to be.

It was simple. I attached it to the wall of my dryer. I turned on my dryer.

I greatly reduced the chance of my dog dying of dryer sheet asphyxiation.

Furthermore, there are only two of us and we don't do that much laundry, so one bar lasts us nearly 6 months.

In case you haven't noticed, I LOVE good products. They make me the happiest. I didn't know that we were still in need of evolution in clothes drying, but this thing has definitely made the process simpler.

And less lethal to box-faced dogs with a penchant for un-digestables.

As always, it's hip to be square (and dry!), kids.

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