Is it Rude to Take Someone’s Clothes Out of the Drier?

Whether you have roommates and share a washer and drier, use a laundromat, or o your laundry in a shared facility in your apartment building, there are times when all the driers are taken up… and a few of them are ready for another load of clothes, except for someone’s clothes that are still sitting inside the machine.

Is it rude to take someone’s clothes out of the drier in these situations? Or is it acceptable? Read on below and explore the answer.

Is it Rude to Take Someone’s Clothes Out of the Drier?

Though opinions, and rules (at laundry facilities) vary widely, it is generally considered unrude to take someone’s clothes out of the drier. The catch is that the clothes should have been sitting there for a few minutes first.

In other words, as long as you have given the owner of the clothes plenty of time to remove their clothes, and they haven’t, there is little to nothing rude about nicely removing their clothes and placing them in a basket.

How Rude Is it?

Taking someone’s clothes out of the drier rates 3 out of 10 on the rude meter. The only reason this action doesn’t rate lower on the rude meter is that there are times that people take people’s clothes out of driers before they are finished drying (or even the minute they finish drying and the machine has barely stopped spinning).

Why is it Not Rude?

Removing clothes from the drier isn’t rude so long as you have given the owner of the clothing proper time to remove the laundry themselves. If you have waited for the clothes to be moved, and need the drier, removing the clothes isn’t rude.

That said, if you remove the clothes and throw them on the floor or something like that, you’re actions are obviously rude. If you remove someone’s clothes from the drier you don’t need to fold them but you can at least nicely place them in a basket or in a neat pile somewhere proper.

Other Options to Do Instead

If you are considering other options to do instead, here are a few to try on for size:

  • Call, text, or message the owner of the clothes
  • Wait for the owner to come and retrieve their clothes
  • Stand in front of the machine tapping your foot all night waiting for your turn
  • Come back later and see if the drier has been emptied

Common Questions

What to do with someone’s clothes you took out of the drier?

When you take someone’s clothing from the drier, placing them in a laundry basket is the polite thing to do. If there is no basket available, putting them in a neat pile on a counter or tabletop is also acceptable.

When is it ok to remove someone’s clothes from the drier?

It is ok to take someone’s stuff out of the drier if it has been done for several minutes and no one has come to retrieve it. Ask yourself what someone else would do if it was your clothing in the drier, and how you would like them to behave (and then do that).

When is it wrong to take someone’s clothes from the drier?

It is wrong to take someone’s clothes out of the drier when they are not dry yet, or the machine has not stopped spinning. It is also wrong to take someone’s clothes out if they are present and attempting to take the clothes out themselves (or are about to).