Can You Tumble Dry An Oodie? (what you need to know)

According to the manufacturers, you cannot tumble dry your Oodie. They state that your Oodie should be hand washed or machine washed using cold to warm water with a maximum water temperature of 40 C. They carry on to say that you should only use very mild detergents like those approved for wool/silk.

They also say that the Oodie should not be tumble dried, ironed or washed in with other colours

However, we have uncovered evidence of many people putting their Oodies in the tumble dryer on a cool setting after treating the Oodie to an extra spin cycle in the washing machine. Now we’re not advocating their behaviour, as it goes directly against what the Oodie manufacturers advise…

All we’re doing is reporting on what we’ve been told by scores of Oodie owners. 

Some of the advice we’ve been given is to allow the washing machine to finish spinning and wait around 15-20 minutes before respinning the Oodie to remove excess water and then tumble dry on the cool setting.

However, be warned, we have also had some reports of Oodies losing their softness once they have been dried in a tumble dryer.

What The Tumble Dryer Symbols Mean On An Oodie

Tumble Dryer Symbols On Clothes

Below is a list of all of the symbols you’re likely to find on any clothes that you’re likely to buy. We’ve included the whole list for your information but there’s really only one that applies to the Oodie and that’s the do not tumble symbol (Square With White Circle And A Black X On Top).

  • Square With White Circle
    This symbol means it’s perfectly fine to tumble dry your garment
  • Square With White Circle, One Black Dot In Circle
    This indicates you can dry your garment on normal or low heat
  • Square With White Circle, Two Black Dots In Circle
    This symbol means you can dry your garment on normal or medium heat
  • Square With White Circle, Three Black Dots In Circle
    This indicates you can dry your garment on normal to high heat
  • Square With Black Circle
    This symbol indicates you can dry your clothing on a cool setting. This is the setting that some Oodie owners have been using (we don’t know whether their Oodies became rough and lost their softness though).
  • Square With White Circle And A Black X On Top
    This is the symbol you will likely find on your Oodie and it indicates that you should not tumble dry your Oodie at all.

How To Dry An Oodie Without A Tumble Dryer

If you want to ensure that your Oodie remains almost as soft and comfortable as it was when you first bought it, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on both washing and drying. 

They tell us that the Oodie is made from a synthetic flannel-fleece and sherpa-fleece material and that it should not be tumble dried or subjected to any heat at all (which includes the temperature of the water it is washed in).

They also say the Oodie should not be ironed as this can cause damage to the material. 

So how can you get your Oodie dry? Below we have listed several ways to dry an Oodie that won’t subject it to any heat:

Dry Your Oodie On The Washing Line

Once you have carefully washed your Oodie and given it an extra spin to remove as much water as possible, we suggest hanging it on the washing line. As long as the weather is dry and not too windy, a good blast of fresh air will help to dry your Oodie.

We suggest turning your Oodie inside out before hanging it on the line as this will help it to dry faster.

Use A Clothes Airer To Dry Your Oodie

If the weather’s too bad for outdoor drying, hang your Oodie on a clothes airer (or clothes horse as they used to call them back in the good old days). Simply hang your Oodie on the clothes airer in a room in your home and allow it to dry.

It might help to place a dehumidifier close by to absorb any excess moisture in the air. Or, if you don’t have a dehumidifier, place an electric fan close by to simulate a breeze and create airflow. It’s also a good idea to open a window to remove any excess moisture from your home.

SEE ALSO: The Best Dehumidifier For Drying Oodies

If you have a heated clothes airer, it’s OK to use this for drying your Oodie as long as you do not plug it in or apply any heat to the oodie at all.

Retractable Clothes Line 

If space is at a premium, the retractable clothes line might just be the answer to your Winter wash day drying issues. 

There are several of these on the market but they all work using the same principle. A wall mounted box with a nylon line that can be extended out and secured to a point across the room. 

You can then hang your Oodie on the line. Once the Oodie is dry, the line can be unsecured and it will then retract into the box until the next time you need an indoor clothes line.

SEE ALSO: Our Recommended Retractable Washing Lines

What Happens If You Tumble Dry An Oodie?

Always check the wash care labels

We always recommend reading and obeying the care label on any garment and in this case that means not tumble drying your Oodie. 

With that said, there are plenty of people out there that do tumble dry their Oodies on a low setting.

However, the manufacturers will have had a good reason to recommend that you do not tumble dry your Oodie. 

We know that the Oodie is made from a synthetic flannel-fleece and sherpa fleece material which is likely to be polyester based. 

Let’s look at the reasons that Oodies should not be tumble dried;


Tumble drying, even with no heat at all can cause wrinkles due to the tumbling movement. These wrinkles can be difficult to remove without heat. 

And as we already know, the Oodie should not be subjected to any heat.


If, as we suspect, the Oodie is polyester based, or even one of the other man-made fibres, it is likely to shrink if subjected to too much heat. 

Which is why the manufacturer recommends a cold water hand wash or at the very maximum a cool wash at no more than 40 C.

Loss Of Softness

If the Oodie is subjected to heat in a tumble dryer (or washing machine) it is likely to lose its softness. 

The Oodie is described as “fluffy” and it’s that fluffiness that’s at risk if you don’t follow the guidelines about washing and drying your Oodie.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to put An Oodie in a tumble dryer?

 According to the manufacturers of Oodie, it is not safe to put the Oodie in a tumble dryer. Many people dry their Oodies in a tumble dryer on a cool setting without any adverse effects but it is not recommended by the manufacturer.

How can I dry An Oodie without a tumble dryer?

You can dry your Oodie by hanging it on a clothesline, we have found turning it inside out helps to dry it faster.

How do you make your Oodie Fluffy again?

According to the manufacturer, you need to hand wash your Oodie in cold water and allow it to dry naturally to preserve its softness and cuddliness. If you have lost those qualities, try soaking your Oodie in cold water for 30 minutes and then put it on a spin cycle in the washing machine (just spin and drain), and then dry naturally.

How long do Oodies take to air dry?

In fine weather, the Oodie will take anywhere between one to two days to dry. It is recommended that you turn the Oodie inside out to speed up the drying process.

Why do Oodies say not tumble dry?

If your Oodie says do not tumble dry, it can be for several reasons including; damage to the material, wrinkles that will be difficult to remove without heat or shrinking.

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