To peg my washing out over night

(209 Posts)
McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:11:23

I am new to this, but as I am saving any way I can to get out of debt ASAP I bought a washing line. ( saved £7 this week by not using the tumble dryer)

So do I peg out my washing tonight.

I have! I won't have time in the morning and it will probably be dry by the time I get back from school run

stargirl1701 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:13:18


CecilyP Wed 10-Jul-13 20:13:26

I do, though others exclaim in horror about it. I haven't lost anything yet!

mrsyattering Wed 10-Jul-13 20:13:45

I do it, if the forecast is dry smile

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:14:23

Not worried about it getting stolen only if it smells funny and having to wash it again.

notapizzaeater Wed 10-Jul-13 20:14:46

Always do it - more time at night than in a morning

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Wed 10-Jul-13 20:14:48

I wouldn't. Probably irrational, but it's up there with leaving the curtains closed as Common Things You Don't Want The Neighbours To See. Maybe it's down to spending so much time with Grandma as a child.

M0naLisa Wed 10-Jul-13 20:15:02

I've got some washing out there now, i think it would be dry, it went out at 5pm. I just cba to bring it in lol Il prob do it in half hour or so. If not it will stay out overnight!! il be bummed if it rains though cos i need majority of it to go into suitcase lol

YANBU, give it a go, I have just brought last night's load in & will be pegging out another lot in about 1/2 anhour.
I never seem to have time in the morning.

Gottalovecosta Wed 10-Jul-13 20:16:33

I am slightly OCD about washing. blush I couldn't leave it out all night, what if it smells funny? I take it in.

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:16:37

No time in the morning I have to be out by 6am for work.

Amazinggg Wed 10-Jul-13 20:16:45

I thought it got damp and stinky if you left it out overnight? I don't give a toss what my neighbours think so will watch this thread intently.

Go for it. It's very satisfying to be able to put away a clean and dry load early in the day.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 10-Jul-13 20:17:10

I do.

Sod those that think that women who hang out washing over night are good for nothing slatterns! In fact, until I read it on MN I had no idea that it was frowned upon in some circles.

DeathByTray Wed 10-Jul-13 20:17:21

If you are not bothered about possible insects / spider webs to deal with in the morning, go ahead.

Mine is out now and will stay out overnight. I'd left a note for DS1 to put the washer on and peg out washing before I went to work this morning.
I think he did it 5 minutes before I came home so it's still very damp!

Why would it smell funny?

SweetHoneyBeeeeee Wed 10-Jul-13 20:17:56

Defo do it. Thinking it's common is totally outdated imo. People are busier nowadays and were all for the environment and all that jazz, yah?

Onetwo34 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:18:33

Why would it smell? Warm summer air doesn't smell at night!

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:18:51

Insect don't bother me.

heronsfly Wed 10-Jul-13 20:19:08

I've just put some out, it will stay there till i get home from work tomorrow,if it rains it will just stay there until it drys again Im common grin

Wolfiefan Wed 10-Jul-13 20:19:12

I used to but we moved and bats come out to play in the evening. I don't want batshit on my washing!

EmpireBiscuit Wed 10-Jul-13 20:19:39

Ive never tried it. Why would it smell funny?

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:19:45

I really don't know why, as I said I'm new to this

I do if I don't have time in the morning. If this makes me common so be it grin

ParadiseChick Wed 10-Jul-13 20:20:12

Why would it smell funny over night and not during the day?

BMW6 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:20:57

Pffft, mine is out now for overnight drying, and NDN rarely has an empty line overnight or otherwise!

Do not understand any reason why wouldn't (unless is going to rain!).

Tho having said that, I wouldn't put washing out in front garden (well, yard really) even tho south facing so would dry really fast even in winter.

Strange snobbery?

DeathByTray Wed 10-Jul-13 20:21:28

Bat shit by night.

Bird shit by day.

Which is worse?

You decide grin

katydid02 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:21:33

I don't see why not, but then I wake up before my neighbours anyway so it's in before they know! If they do see it and think it is common, well they shouldn't be looking in my garden as snooping is common too!

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:22:00

I wouldn't put it in the front as that's where the traffic fumes are

Letticetheslug Wed 10-Jul-13 20:22:26

I do, go for it!

It's far commoner to have smelly washing ( if you give a shit)

BMW6 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:23:37

Traffic fumes travel you know!! grin

LadyEverard Wed 10-Jul-13 20:23:40

I do if the weather is good, it makes it so fresh smelling but I do live 75yrd from the sea!

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Wed 10-Jul-13 20:23:49

I cannot do it, I feel like everyone knows I did the washing first thing this morning and they know I have been lazy and have only remembered it needs hanging out and none of my neighbours do it.

I see no real problem with it if the weather is nice, other than people stealing things ...

Ezio Wed 10-Jul-13 20:24:15

I do it all the time, nothing wrong with it.

BMW6 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:24:36

Bring back mangles, I say!

Wonderstuff Wed 10-Jul-13 20:24:43

In colder weather you might get a smell, because it would get damp over night, but tonight will be fine! I haven't managed to get a load on today.

Lavenderloves Wed 10-Jul-13 20:26:03

No and no fat no!
It slovenly to do that. Get up peg it out and then bring it in!

I have an overspil line that i ( kindly) offered a neighbour the use guessed it she pegs out at 6.00pm. People think it's my washing!

Lazy lady imo. I've had to bring it in when she clogs up The line for DAYS i kid you not. that women never lived in a shared house

RescueCack Wed 10-Jul-13 20:26:13

I do it. I have just hung a load out. I wont have time in the morning and this way I can get it in after the morning madness is over. I will have another load to hang out by about 10 am and this load will be dry. I do 2 a day.

It doesn't smell of anything but fresh air. I can't stand drying washing in the house - that IS smelly and damp. No way am I using the tumble dryer in july!

So YANBU, but then I am hardly the benchmark for whether YABCommon. grin

littlewhitebag Wed 10-Jul-13 20:27:05

I would never hang out washing over night - i live in Scotland - there is always a high risk of rain.

BMW6 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:28:19

Campaign slogan - Save The Planet, Bring Back The Mangle grin

Ray81 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:33:16

I do It all the time if its not going to rain,in fact you've just reminded me I have a load to hang out. Will do it now before I forget.

ElectricSheep Wed 10-Jul-13 20:33:18

In the olden days everyone lit their fires in the evening and washing left out overnight would get sooty and smelly from the smogs that built up in the cities.

As for the slattern/snobby thing. wtf??? What century are you in???

kansasmum Wed 10-Jul-13 20:36:02

Yes- It's so warm and dry at the moment mine is often out overnight and dry by the morning.
I am ever so slightly obsessed with hanging laundry out tho' as I lived in the US for several years and hanging laundry out in your garden was not allowed- homeowners assos rules!!!

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:36:31

I didn't even realise washing on the line would be a snob/common thing.

My clothes smells alot more fresher and saving money win/win

specialsubject Wed 10-Jul-13 20:37:25

BTW everyone, this country is going to struggle with electricity supplies soon. The less we can use, the better.

tumble driers must be an absolute last resort.

weisswusrt Wed 10-Jul-13 20:37:34

Night laundry smells mysterious and magical. Day laundry smells like a warm breeze.

iamadoozermum Wed 10-Jul-13 20:38:18

Mine gets covered in spiders webs if I leave it out overnight. It's the only reason I try not to and so end up putting it out first thing in the morning whilst still in my pjs - is that more common than hanging washing out overnight?

Raum Wed 10-Jul-13 20:39:27

Indoor as airer is just as good overnight

yamsareyammy Wed 10-Jul-13 20:40:09

Anyone else think MN is becoming less posh! Hurrah!

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:40:39

What's an indoor airer.

ParadiseChick Wed 10-Jul-13 20:41:37

I always peg out in my jammies!

Jojo3973 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:42:03

I was ironing a load I'd left out all night and a massive moth fell out of a pair of trousers, then ironed something lumpy in dd's cardigan sleeve and it too was a massive moth. Won't be leaving washing out at night again!!

ParadiseChick Wed 10-Jul-13 20:42:35

A clothes horse, a winter dyke...

The metal things that pop up that you hang washing on inside

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:42:36

I tend to peg out in my pj as then all the clothes are washed

cardibach Wed 10-Jul-13 20:42:46

Sorry, don't understand why it might be considered common. Anyone?
ANd spiders make webs during the day, too confused
Just hang your washing out, OP.

ParadiseChick Wed 10-Jul-13 20:43:21

Jojo just stop ironing, problem solved!

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:43:55

Off to google ready for when the rain comes.

youmeatsix Wed 10-Jul-13 20:45:45

i put mine out at night, i hate standing out in the heat doing it, and i get it back in, in the morning before the sun comes round, and i live in scotland, wouldnt do it if it were to be raining though

MrsMelons Wed 10-Jul-13 20:45:46

I always put mine out overnight in the hot weather as I leave for work at 645 so don't have time in the morning. It never smells when dry.

beatofthedrum Wed 10-Jul-13 20:45:49

What? Of course you can. I do all the time. Am neither common nor stinky!

MrsMelons Wed 10-Jul-13 20:46:46

I also pegged mine out in my PJs tonight and the neighbour came to talk to me blush they were short playsuit style ones too blush - we have no fences!!!

cozietoesie Wed 10-Jul-13 20:47:30

I've done 6 loads today (and dried all but two pieces) and have another load on right now. It will be hung out overnight (no rain forecast) and I should just be able to squeeze in another load for hanging out before i go to bed.

Go for it, OP. With this weather, it may be your only chance to wash and dry some of the stuff you couldn't do over the winter. (Curtains etc.)

kalidanger Wed 10-Jul-13 20:47:44

I too don't understand not hanging ones washing out over night. Slovenly?? That's a joke, surely?

But aside from that - I think it's going to rain in London tonight.

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:48:48
ParadiseChick Wed 10-Jul-13 20:49:47

Indoor airers

Surprised you've never heard of them, permanent feature in my house from november to april give or take the odd blowy day!

quoteunquote Wed 10-Jul-13 20:51:06

Three loads out, If I know it is not going to rain over night I always hang it out, (so do my neighbours, not that you can see really),

I leave really early in the morning, and by the time I am back it's really hot and I am busy, and having a home office procrastinating is a really danger, things like hanging out washing are really tempting.

anyway I always hang it out in colour order so it makes me happy.

I turn down the spin cycle when it is dry and hot on the machine as I object to paying for something that I can have for free, it always dry the following afternoon anyway.

and you can never have enough pegs.

I just hung a load out, surely you would be more of a slattern to leave it damp in a basket till the morning? Never found indoor airer good at all outsides always better than in or tumble dried confused

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:53:04

When younger my mum had a coal fire with the ugliest fire guard and 12 radiators to dry washing for a family of 9.

When I moved out DH flat was fully furnished which come complete with a tumble dryer.

Lavenderloves Wed 10-Jul-13 20:56:12

Slovenly is to be excessively casual/ careless / messy.
Not a joke, it's frigging lazy to not bring your washing in.

Good lord.

MrsMelons Wed 10-Jul-13 20:57:49

I have 2 indoor heated airers, they are fab. They are much cheaper than a tumble dryer, I have one you can hang shirts in and then one you hang stuff over.

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:58:12

I've just pegged mine out


kalidanger Wed 10-Jul-13 20:59:03

Lazy to leave washing out while it dries? What?

JoyceDivision Wed 10-Jul-13 21:03:14

Our lane is the night time pegging out brigade grin

Better than rushing to peg out before work and school run in morning, and it being sat overnight damp and going a bit stinky.

Ready to be ironed and put away when get home. I've pegged out about half an hour ago, will iron tomorrow eve when back from work

threepiecesuite Wed 10-Jul-13 21:05:15

I've never owned or used a tumble dryer in my life <poor>
I just be organised and wait for stuff to dry. If it's damp, wear something else. It seems to have worked out ok so far.

My washing is out overnight. And 2 airers (except I call them maidens)

VitoCorleone Wed 10-Jul-13 21:08:28

I dont for 2 reasons.

1) if i did it would probably rain overnight and id have to wash it again

2) last time i left the washing out at night somebody stole DPs tracksuit bottoms

mrsjay Wed 10-Jul-13 21:10:37

I put a washing out at 6 this evening I will probably leave it I was out on saturday night and I was too drunk late to bring it in it was dry sunday morning, no it doesnt smell funny for the poster who asked

Crikeyblimey Wed 10-Jul-13 21:11:06

I have recently pegged mine out overnight due to being confident tomorrow is going to be fine.

My mum would have been horrified!!!

However, she had her garage converted into a garden room and had a line in there where she would peg washing out overnight. So I can only assume she was ok with it as long as nobody could see it smile

aquashiv Wed 10-Jul-13 21:13:46

Does the night smell then? I like the night air? I don't do it but I think now I just might luckily not overlooked by anyone so I might even do it in the nude too and scare the bats wink

McButtonwillow Wed 10-Jul-13 21:28:07

No! It will be all cobwebby and spidery in the morning. I put mine out first thing in the morning for that reason.

Flossie82 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:30:40

Doesn't really matter if it rains, the rain will soften the clothes...

cardibach Wed 10-Jul-13 21:37:19

Still not getting the lazy/slovenly thing hmm
Why is it lay to put washing out at 8pm and collect in at 8 am but not lazy to put it out at 8am and collect in at 8pm? confused

HamsterDam Wed 10-Jul-13 21:38:14

i leave it out overnight. mostly its already dry by the time i go to bed but im too lazy to bring it in. i do sometimes worry the neighbours will think im common not really sure why must be an old fashioned thing that's been passed down.
also leave my curtains closed and have no blind in the kitchen so if they can see in there they already know im a lazy slob anyway.

raisah Wed 10-Jul-13 21:40:29

I hang mine up on an indoor airing frame overnight & then put the frame outside before I leave for work.

I hang my bedsheets over the banisters overnight so its practically dry & wrinkle free in the morning.

DramaAlpaca Wed 10-Jul-13 21:42:07

I'm always leaving washing on the line overnight, but my line can't be seen by my neighbours and I wouldn't give a flying fig what they thought anyway.

My last load of towels has just been brought in after being on the line for three days because I couldn't be bothered to get them & it has been so sunny.

Proper slattern, me grin.

ParadiseChick Wed 10-Jul-13 21:46:17

Maidens? Never heard of that! Makes my winter dyke sound awful but it's dyke as in wall

BonaDea Wed 10-Jul-13 22:01:38

Why would it smell funny? Washing pegged out over night smells freshest Trufax.

Wolfiefan Wed 10-Jul-13 22:09:57

OMG! If I put out my washing in the nude I think the poor bats may die of shock. (Protected species too!)
The birds stay well clear of prowling cats but the bats do a figure of eight round the garden at twilight. Lovely but I'm not keen on getting bat guano out of my knickers!

Ezza1 Wed 10-Jul-13 22:12:08

Airers? Maidens? Its a clothes horse!

I put my washing out at night, couldn't care less what the neighbours think. Bloody line snapped one night though so was a bit miffed at that.

Naoko Wed 10-Jul-13 22:14:22

I don't, but not because I think it's slovenly (it's not) or because it'll smell (it won't) but because I'll be asleep and thus won't be able to go and fetch it in if it should unexpectedly rain. Probably not much chance of that tonight though so go for it!

Floggingmolly Wed 10-Jul-13 22:19:13

Is it seriously considered common to hang washing on a line at night???? shock. I'm obviously as common as muck, but can someone please explain why?

cozietoesie Wed 10-Jul-13 22:23:42

Check your weather forecast about 19.00 before you put on that last load. Just pop in your postcode and bookmark the resultant search. Extremely accurate - certainly for the next 24 hours.

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Jul-13 22:24:35

Is it seriously considered common to hang washing on a line at night


LilacPeony Wed 10-Jul-13 22:25:26

I always do it when we have nice weather in summer. The clothes never smell weird at all.

ShirazSavedMySanity Wed 10-Jul-13 22:28:26

Why have I never ever hung my washing out at night? Why has this idea never even entered my head? That would save me running around like a headless chicken in a morning trying to get everything done?

PosyNarker Wed 10-Jul-13 22:32:55

It's considered common to peg your washing out and not be arsed to bring it in at night I thought? (i.e. It's dry but still out there).

As to putting it out at night, I'm in Scotland so most of the time with the dew point, temperature etc. it's just not very efficient - you get much better drying through the day.

I've never hung my washing out at night, but have stuck the clothes horse up overnight on many am occasion (in fact it's a bit of a fixture outwith the 5mins we get good weather.. )

eddiemairswife Wed 10-Jul-13 23:02:26

Mine is out now. It's dry but I can't be bothered to stumble around in the dark to bring it in. I'll even leave it out if it rains before it is dry. It doesn't seem to smell so I don't re-wash it. I must be really, really common.

McNewPants2013 Wed 10-Jul-13 23:07:34

Pegged it out and I don't care if I am common, because I am common folk.

I'm not lazy as I am out of the door at 6am ( should go to sleep but the fan is driving me nuts)

Floggingmolly Wed 10-Jul-13 23:10:00

But whyyyy PosyNarker?? Who actually looks over the fence and keeps tabs on the contents of next door's washing line? Mrs. Bouquet?

Dogsmom Wed 10-Jul-13 23:13:43



Enough said.

SanityClause Wed 10-Jul-13 23:18:13

I do if it's going to be fine.

But bear in mind that colours will be exposed to a lot of sunshine, but not much heat, so it may cause them to fade more quickly. So, perhaps only hang out whites overnight, if you can help it.

I love hanging washing out when it's fine. It's one of life's little pleasures.

Bumpotato Wed 10-Jul-13 23:19:13

I was once told it was bad luck to leave your washing out overnight. I'm not superstitious though did get my washing nicked once when I left it out.

yummumto3girls Wed 10-Jul-13 23:28:24

I do it, by morning it's dry and I bring it in and therefore clothes don't bleach in the hot sun this time of year and don't go as stiff as cardboard from the sun. It obviously depends on the weather (and my washing line is hidden in the garden!)

shufflehopstep Wed 10-Jul-13 23:32:51

I don't because if it starts raining you probably won't hear it until it's too late. Also, what about the morning dew? it will still be damp.

echt Thu 11-Jul-13 07:28:22

This thread has made me realise that I've left some washing out for three days now.grin

In the Australian style, the washing line is not visible from the house, nor can the neighbours see it. So I tend to forget. I'm always careful to put dark clothes on the inner line so as not to bleach in the sun. Even in mid-winter, with clear skies it got up to 16 today.

I think I'd better check...

catsmother Thu 11-Jul-13 07:54:39

Common ?? Lazy ?? WTF ?!?

I hang my washing out - at whatever time it's suited me to have washed it, and providing I can still see to do it. Then I take it in when it's dry. If that means it stays out overnight so be it ..... shock horror .... sometimes it stays out for 2 nights because it's been rained on while I've been out so it needs to dry again.

Who the heck actually cares what their neighbours do (or not) with their washing. Like, is there a washing police out there making notes, logging what time it went out, what time it went in and so on?

mrsjay Thu 11-Jul-13 08:09:59

don't because if it starts raining you probably won't hear it until it's too late. Also, what about the morning dew? it will still be damp.

well you leave it till the dew dries iyswim , we dont really have the weather do do it a lot anyway but the times i have left it out It was dry by mid morning

mrsjay Thu 11-Jul-13 08:11:35

Who the heck actually cares what their neighbours do (or not) with their washing. Like, is there a washing police out there making notes, logging what time it went out, what time it went in and so on?

Have you met my upstairs neighbour she is the miss marple of washing hanging out, I heard her gossip to another neighbour about somebody over the bac far too lazy to take her washing it and it was followed by a tut grin

MadeOfStarDust Thu 11-Jul-13 08:22:36

How odd... I do my washing when I get home - so it either goes on the line overnight right now, or would need to be washed again in the morning...

I am not an advocate of indoor drying since it increases mildew and icky moulds if you don't have great ventilation...

Drying on the line overnight is great for linens and cottons anyhow - you bring it in in the morning , slightly damp from the dew and it irons a dream - unlike putting out before going to work - when you get home stuff is crispy and needs steam ironing or spraying.

Less work if you hang it overnight - always works with me...

echt Thu 11-Jul-13 08:38:16

Rain is nature's fabric

Lj8893 Thu 11-Jul-13 08:58:48

My washing was left out overnight, mainly because I put it out late afternoon and it was still a bit damp at 9pm.

Why would I bring damp washing in? I will leave it out for the rest of the day just in case its got damp overnight or "smells funny" and will bring it in when I get home from work.

I may even wack another load out tonight!!!

Oooo I'm common as muck me, whatever will the neighbours think!

Bicnod Thu 11-Jul-13 19:34:13

I do this and I am extremely posh grin


formicadinosaur Thu 11-Jul-13 19:37:18

I do. Best thing anyone told me to do.

SelectAUserName Thu 11-Jul-13 19:48:00

bear in mind that colours will be exposed to a lot of sunshine, but not much heat, so it may cause them to fade more quickly

Not that much sunshine, surely? Isn't it, errr, dark at night?

Plomino Thu 11-Jul-13 19:49:22

I must be both a lazy slattern and common then , because I do it all the time . But then doing 5 - 7 loads a day means the lines always being used. And it smells of nothing but proper fresh air , which is much better than that cheap smelling fake jasmine and linen bollocks.

Sometimes I'm even a drunken lazy slattern too , because I do it with a glass of wine next to me . It's one of the few moments of peace I get .

ravenAK Thu 11-Jul-13 19:56:33

Oooh yes, pegging out on a warm summer's evening with a glass of wine.

I have a massive load of dds' frocks in at the moment...loads of little knickers & socks too - looking forward to it!

fruminousbandersnatch Thu 11-Jul-13 20:03:45

If the neighbours think I'm a slattern for hanging out my washing at night then let them. If they're so bizarre that this occupies their thoughts it's unlikely that we'd become friends anyway.

I think sanityclause must live in the Arctic Circle?

TeaAndSconesTwice Thu 11-Jul-13 20:35:24

I do it, only with the weather like we have now, it smells fresh, not bothered what the neighbours think.

I have 2 half loads out there at the moment. smile

McNewPants2013 Thu 11-Jul-13 20:39:08

Well my washing wasn't subjected to a zombie attack or smell, so tonight I am pegging it out again.

MamaChubbyLegs Thu 11-Jul-13 20:39:42

I am doing this right now! In fact, mine and DP's pants are hanging from the tree, not even on a line grin

We live in a nice area, but I'm as common as see-through leggings wink

Literally dont care what my neighbours think!

everlong Thu 11-Jul-13 20:43:21

I suppose I might.

But why not the morning?

McNewPants2013 Thu 11-Jul-13 20:49:35

Everlong I have to be out at 6am and already get up at 5:15 so it either getting up earlier or peg out when I can the night before.

IfNotNowThenWhen Thu 11-Jul-13 21:01:47

My neighbour complained about my washing being pegged out on the line. In my garden!
(He monitors my behaviour via his binoculars)
He thinks it's Sodom and Gomorrah over here.
I dont have a drier, and even if I did, I would use Natures drier.
Hang your washing out wherever and whenever you like.
My neighbour is being treated to my giant pants right now.

mrsjay Thu 11-Jul-13 21:07:27

i have just put my towels out i had crispy towels the other day I told dds it was exfolliating grin

mrsjay Thu 11-Jul-13 21:08:21

it is supposed to be 15 degrees over night here id hang washing out in that anyway

spanky2 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:14:12

Earwigs crawl in. (shudder)

mrsjay Thu 11-Jul-13 21:19:23

you just shake the buggers off grin

DrDre Thu 11-Jul-13 21:23:22

I put it out overnight all the time. Don't have time in the morning! It never smells funny.

everlong Thu 11-Jul-13 21:25:08

Ah I see OP. In that case if the forecast is clear I would definitely do it!

bishboschone Thu 11-Jul-13 21:27:17

I do this all the time !

LilacPeony Thu 11-Jul-13 23:47:32

How would earwigs crawl in unless the washing was touching the ground?

pookamoo Thu 11-Jul-13 23:55:55

Earwigs can fly, lilacpeony

I hang mine out in the evenings, bring in after school run, in which time I have usually had to do 2 more loads.

purplemurple1 Fri 12-Jul-13 06:56:45

Yes peg it out, in the autumn/winter you can hang it up in the house overnight so no need for the tumble dryer then either.

LilacPeony Fri 12-Jul-13 09:19:45

Oh can they? I probably knew that once as i remember seeing them in my parents garden as a kid, but i had forgotten it!

SallyCinnamonandNutmeg Fri 12-Jul-13 09:52:04

Mine often stays out overnight although often this is just because I have forgotten to bring it in. Has never smelt funny. I think it's fine to do this.

miffybun73 Fri 12-Jul-13 10:59:27

I always do in summer smile

DuelingFanjo Fri 12-Jul-13 11:14:37

"Common Things You Don't Want The Neighbours To See"

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chrome100 Fri 12-Jul-13 11:21:55

Why wouldn't you? I just leave mine out til it's dry. I get in from work, do a wash and by the time it's hung out it's lat evening so I just leave it overnight.

Crikeyblimey Fri 12-Jul-13 16:45:55

I used to work with a woman who was mortified that the google earth picture of her house showed she had easing in the line!!! smile

Chocolatehunter Sat 13-Jul-13 00:18:00

I tried it for the first time this week, only because the weather was so nice and when I went outside after the sun had gone down, to collect my washing my cottons were dry but heavier items like jeans were still damp. The next day before breakfast I checked and they were fine, I've had a good sniff to see if they smell and they do, but only that lovely fresh outside smell. I probably wouldn't do it unless the weather was guaranteed to be lovely, but it worked this time. Plus it's better than putting your washing out on a weekend and getting your neighbours BBQ smell all over the washing

EBearhug Sat 13-Jul-13 00:54:56

One of my mother's little foibles was that it's slatternly to leave your washing on the line overnight. I felt very rebellious the other day when I left a load of towels out there, because they were still damp when I would have brought them in.

It'll be fine in the current weather, but I wouldn't do it much of the year, simply because there's too much chance that they'll be soaked in rain by morning. In fact, it's been really nice being able to hang washing out at all this year. There were months over the winter (which I was beginning to thing would never end,) where I hadn't been able to hang a load out at all, as the weather was so rubbish for so long. Though I'm not appreciating it so much I'm doing extra loads of washing just for the pleasure of hanging it out. smile

softlysoftly Sat 13-Jul-13 00:58:19

Thanks for reminding me I forgot to bring my washing in!

Argh spiders

I put some out at 8pm this evening. It'll stay there til it dries.

I can't afford to run the drier and there's nowhere in the house to dry it as all the rads are off for summer. So it goes on the line rain hail or shine.

If it's still wet 2 days later I accept defeat and pop it in the drier but even then its usually drier than when it went out so still saves me money.

OrangeLily Sat 13-Jul-13 01:08:20

IfNotNow grin at big pants

Why did he complain?

I've started putting a load on after dinner, hanging it on an airier overnight, then in the morning hauling the whole thing into the garden. I put pegs on if its windy.

Needs must though as the puppy jumped up and chewed my whirlybird lines and I have nowhere to hang any washing.

justanuthermanicmumsday Sat 13-Jul-13 01:25:50

I'm a stay at home mum and i do so much washing its crazy. i get sick of it sometimes and refuse to hang it. It's takes a while hanging 3 loads you know. Last few days soo hot i have hung it in the evening and left it overnight, come morning it's so dry its stiff.

What are people on about why would it smell? Foxes don't pee on clothes they pee on the ground. bird poo more likely in the day, so where does smell come into it?

OCD is an excuse. I have OCD wash hands a lot, and yet i don't think hanging clothes over night is unhygienic . It's worse to leave it wet in a basket for the morning. That's more likely to smell. Besides tumble dryer running in this heat is stupidity!, also makes my utility room and kitchen sooo hot i can't stand it.

Only prob I've had were bees. Give it a good shake or the insects make go in house with you lol. I was sipping tea then hear pd buzzing from my laundry basket i ran out the kitchen looking for husband to sort the problem out lol.

What's all this snobbery about hanging clothes at night? It's hilarious!

tulipflowers Sat 13-Jul-13 01:26:46

My first post I ever read on here was saying people are lazy for leaving on over night.. And I kinda of agreed with them, from a nosy neighbour point of view.
But I get up late (maybe I'm not a morning person) and only seem to put washing on after work. I have always used my tumble dryer.. I'm now converted after this thread. I will hang my washing on line at night from now on smile

Mimishimi Sat 13-Jul-13 05:33:25

I do it. Our apartment is east facing so I want to make full use of the limited amount of sunshine we get on our balcony without waking up well before dawn to put the wash on. It usually dries a bit faster too.

nellyjelly Sat 13-Jul-13 05:42:03

Only in hot weather as it dries overnight.

glastocat Sat 13-Jul-13 05:46:56

Here in Oz it is the done thing apparently to hang your washing out at night as daylight sun would fade your clothes. I am wondering now if people here think you are a lazy slattern if you leave clothes out to dry in day time. grin

mixedmamameansbusiness Sat 13-Jul-13 06:05:06

Until this thread I had no idea this was an issue. I am a slattern though but I would say yes peg it out overnight.

Avondale Sat 13-Jul-13 06:06:54

I was brought up to believe it was common but in this weather, I've been doing this. And so have my neighbours. Just don't tell me Mum! smile

Whothefuckfarted Sat 13-Jul-13 08:26:14

I do it.

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 08:37:18

I had a whole line out last night drying and I'm about to put on another load on the assumption that the current line is dry.

However, my newish neighbours took all theirs in when it grew dark. That wouldn't worry me if it weren't for the fact that I realized that I have never, ever, seen them hang out any underwear. Of any description. Not even socks.

I'm now becoming a little sensitive not only about night time drying but at the fact that I put out a part line of undies. I suppose it's possible that they've given up underwear for the duration but I'm now wondering if I should be being more discreet about knickers? Perhaps we're being judged right now over breakfast.

Mia4 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:26:46

I hang mine out o/n when it's hot, I hang it out after work and leave until the morning when i change for some new. If it was spring it could get a bit damp if there's a lot of moisture in the air but in summer-no problems. Always smells great and i get spiders during the day so no difference between day and night smile

Make your own choice. The worse you can do in this weather, imho, is use the dyer if you have a line. My neighbour never uses her line, just the dryer, I find that lazy, unecomnomical and wasteful when the weather is hot enough to dry.

Mia4 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:28:54

cozietoesie I put my underwear on an airer which sits outside in the suntrap where the neighbours can't see. In my old place i never gave a damn and used the line for thongs and my french maids outfit too but next door now is a pervy man and just seeing my denim shorts got a lot of lewd comments so i use the sun trap now so he can't see anything he's comment on.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sat 13-Jul-13 09:55:23

I did loads of washing yesterday, the last lot went out at tea time but when I could be bothered to go and get it in it felt damp, the forecast was good for today so I left it out there, its still there now smile will get it in after the sun has been on it a while and it will smell lovely... I love doing laundry and drying washing outside <get a life emoticon>

shufflehopstep Sat 13-Jul-13 10:06:40

cozietoesie I never hang underwear out. I'm also unnecessarily judgemental about others who do it - particularly my next door neighbour. Which is doubley ridiculous as the only person who would see my underwear is my neighbour who, as discussed, hangs her own underwear outside, so wouldn't bat an eyelid hmm.

mia4 I don't have a tumble dryer - they're expensive and not environmentally friendly. Also we have a kitchen the size of a matchbox so no room. I hang my washing up on airers inside most of the time but I love the smell when it's been hanging out.

Mia4 Sat 13-Jul-13 10:33:34

shufflehopstep they are expensive and not very friendly that's why i never understand y neighbour- she's a 'fast lady' though, if it takes more then 30 seconds she drops it, doesn't do it or throws it away. Really wasteful person, much as she's lovely.

We use airers inside when we have to but i also love putting stuff out either on the line or i use some airers outside because the smell is so much nicer.

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 10:37:11

What do you mean 'throws it away' Mia ? Are you saying that is it take too long to peg out she dumps it?

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 10:37:50

....if it takes.....

Sorry - I was so amazed by that post that my typing followed suit.

freddiefrog Sat 13-Jul-13 10:38:16

I always leave a load out overnight when it's forecast to be nice the next day.

I also stick a load in the machine before I go to bed

The load I've left out is always dry by the time I get up the next morning so I can hang the load that's in the machine straight out

kalidanger Sat 13-Jul-13 10:47:21

I did a load late last night, hung it out and it was dry by 8am, probably sooner.

It's 'night' for about five minutes at this time of year and MAD to not take advantage of that.

Slovenly, my fat arse grin

purplewithred Sat 13-Jul-13 10:48:13

I'm traumatised! What will my neighbours make of
- my undies flapping wantonly in the breeze at all hours of the day and night
- complete lack of male undies on the line <sorry RL friends if that was an overshare>

YoniBottsBumgina Sat 13-Jul-13 10:56:32

If you're worried about spiders and moths, just shake the clothes well when you take them off the line. I hate spiders and this has never failed for me.

SoupDragon Sat 13-Jul-13 11:05:24

Mine is on the line right now. It has been there for approximately 24 hours because I forgot to get it in before it was dark.

I couldn't give a stuff about whether other people think it is "common" - I think that says more about them then it does about me smile It's far preferable than a clothes horse in the house draped with laundry.

Not sure why it would smell funny and I've never had an insect problem despite forgetting to bring the washing in on many occasions.

kalidanger Sat 13-Jul-13 11:09:46

Oh, I'm not saying there wasn't a web on mine when I went to check it but the world didn't end that I noticed. Then I had a Biscuit Boist for breakfast smile

YoniBottsBumgina Sat 13-Jul-13 11:12:49

I agree with catsmother. It gets put in when i have a spare moment, put out asap after it's finished, and taken in when it's dry. I hang everything out, knickers, washable san pro included. I couldn't care less what anyone thinks, it's not lazy, just sensible.

I think it's worse to bring it in at night if it's damp - worst thing you can do with damp washing is leave it folded or scrunched in a basket! Mildewy smells ahoy!

Surely the thinking about it being "lazy" comes from the times when washing machines weren't automatic and you would need the whole day to dry it? Hence lazy if you didn't do the logical thing and do it first thing. With modern machines it takes less time to wash and they tend to part dry clothes with the spin cycle, plus it's the done thing to wash clothes more often now, so it's no more logical to wash first thing in the morning. Plus people have more to do now, working /studying etc rather than just having the house to worry about.

Maryz Sat 13-Jul-13 11:19:32

Yet another thing that I do that I never realised was wrong shock

I am a slattern.

Doesn't it smell worse if you leave it in the washing machine overnight?

vintagecakeisstillnice Sat 13-Jul-13 11:21:51

I love hanging mine out over night
We have a night blooming jasmine so all the clothes come in with a very delicate smell, its fab.

Re:hanging undies out, we tend to let washing pile up, so if there's a big load to hang out I see using pegs on undies & socks as a waste so chuck them in the tumble dryer for 20 minutes (hangs head in shame) but not bras, they go out grin where else would the robins nest? grin

Mia4 Sat 13-Jul-13 11:26:41

poster cozietoesie: Yes, she's bee known to wear something once and throw rather then wash, it must cost her a fortune though she buys a bit in primark so it's not as expensive for t-shirts and things. She has the view that things that are white don't last long anyway before going grey or shrinking. I think it's just not sorting her washing (relying on colour catchers) and tumbledyring doing it tbh.

Though she has started offering to myself when she's done so it does get recycled or freecycled y myself in the end. Still wasteful on her part though,

tallulah Sat 13-Jul-13 11:54:31

The load I left out overnight was dry when I got up this morning, and the load I washed overnight was ready to go out.

We've got 3 washing lines (house was previously rented out - I assume they had one each) so knickers and socks and bras go on the bit at the end of the garden which is surrounded by high bushes. People could still see it if they looked out of their bedroom windows, but if they haven't got anything better to do that's their problem.

DD's knickers go in the sunniest bit right in the middle. She's 6, so I'm sure she doesn't care, as she flashes them enough when she's wearing them grin.

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 12:13:31

....she's bee known to wear something once and throw rather then wash....

Words fail me.

Mia4 Sat 13-Jul-13 12:32:27

Yup, wasteful. As i said it's not so bad now they get freecycled or passed to myself or another but before it was disheartening when i realised why she had so many back bags (mind you she doesn't recycle either but that's another story) when there was nothing wrong with the clothes that a good wash, bleach or sun wouldn't cure.

bishboschone Sat 13-Jul-13 12:42:54

I have a underwear hanging thing . It's brilliant!

EBearhug Sat 13-Jul-13 13:37:38

I have to admit I do feel a bit judgemental about my neighbours' washing. It is completely irrational, but they don't match their peg colours, and it makes me feel uncomfortable. It's entirely my own problem, and I've never felt so strongly I've felt the need to leap over the wall and repeg it "properly", but I still don't like seeing it. It's just wrong to my mind. (And if they got new pegs all in one colour, it wouldn't happen anyway.)

(And I know I'm not the only person who can be a bit obsessive about hanging washing up in the proper order. smile)

HawaiianSunset12 Sat 13-Jul-13 13:42:52

I don't leave washing out overnight as there has been no need to. Wash in the morning, peg out by 11am and it'll be dry by bedtime.

carameldecaflatte Sat 13-Jul-13 13:42:58

Yanbu I often put the washing out the evening before (and cross my fingers for good weather) because we only get sun on the garden in the morning, and I'm busy with ds and drinking copious amounts of tea first thing.

YoniBottsBumgina Sat 13-Jul-13 14:50:33

People match pegs to clothing colours? grin

My collection of pegs is so old and mismatched, half faded in different degrees, that I doubt I even have two in the same colour...

MummyDuckAndDuckling Sat 13-Jul-13 14:58:21

I'm away from home tonight and I've just put a few loads out on the line that will be out overnight but dry for when i return tomorrow smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 13-Jul-13 15:00:21

I've started doing it since I increased my hours at work.
We've got a north facing garden, so it wouldn't dry if I hung it when I got home at 5.30pm
I only do it properly warm weather though, as it does get a wee bit damp smelling otherwise

Clicketyclack Sat 13-Jul-13 15:06:57

Of course its fine to peg the washing out at night-why on earth not?hmm.

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 15:27:34

In fact, Clicketyclack if you're minded to hang out copious numbers of undies, it's probably darned near obligatory! (So that the neighbours' sensibilities aren't challenged thanks to the cover of darkness.)


OrangeLily Sat 13-Jul-13 17:56:00

I'm going to have to have to do this tonight as DH has sprung a bit of a trip on me so need to get things washed and dried before tomorrow smile <unstealthy boast>

Does the washing stay exactly where you put it or does it have tend to get a bit battered about during the night? I just can imagine opening the curtains and my garden being covered in washing.

shufflehopstep Sat 13-Jul-13 20:43:00

EBearhug That's so funny. When I still lived at home with my mum and dad, they had different coloured pegs and I always tried to match them with the clothes and never had two different colours of pegs hanging one item. I just have plain wooden ones now so it's a lot easier. grin

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 20:48:59

Sorry, shuffle, it's not easier. Wooden ones absorb and transfer any colour leaching from anywhere. You shall require a chart to say what has been used and where.


apostropheuse Sat 13-Jul-13 21:04:30

I'm a little bit washing-obsessed. It's genetically passed on through the female line in my family.

My washing is colour co-ordinated on the line. The pegs I hang the clothes out with must match. I would rather die than put two different coloured pegs on one item of clothing. Adults' underwear is NEVER put on the line, but children's underwear is. Socks are hung up in pairs. You get the picture grin

I'm the font of all knowledge with regards to laundry etiquette. A veritable guru. However, even I would say that there's nothing wrong with hanging the washing out overnight in dire emergencies! (Or even if you just want to.)

I have to point out that I was in my forties before I realised that the world wouldn't suddenly combust if I did this occasionally.

My mother may be turning in her grave though. shock

Wbdn28 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:06:00


So it's a no from me grin

apostropheuse Sat 13-Jul-13 21:08:39

orangelily Are you going on a wee surprise trip perchance? grin

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 21:35:43

OK - I'll fess up to hanging socks in pairs. blush

apostropheuse Sat 13-Jul-13 21:46:46

cozietoes Well done on hanging your socks in pairs.

You now need to work on the appropriate drying method for your knickers and bras, i.e. NOT outside.

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 21:55:36

I could do like the old mother did in (I think) The Assistant - put them outside but shroud them in something else?

I must say, this is all bringing out unforeseen sides to a lot of posters. Who would have guessed. grin

OrangeLily Sat 13-Jul-13 22:08:22

I am going on a surprise trip sad unfortunately its got cold here and I can't be arsed taking stuff in tomorrow before we go so I have taken it in! I really want to try this outside at night thing!

I am a total slattern though and use different colours and sizes of pegs willy nilly grin All over the place.

londone17 Sat 13-Jul-13 22:26:48

Nothing wrong with it. Im all for making life easier.

sagfold Sat 13-Jul-13 22:36:21

This thread is a real eye opener - who knew there was so much to laundry.

Now wondering what my neighbours must think of my mismatched 3-5 day hangouts in all weather. (ashamed sad )

thismousebites Sat 13-Jul-13 22:37:57

Think there was a similar thread last summer.
Yes, go for it. so what if your neighbours sneer. Your washing will be dry by morning, theirs will still be in the laundry basket waiting to be pegged out in daytime.
What difference does it make?
Make the most of this fab weather and peg on.

SirChenjin Sat 13-Jul-13 22:41:34

My washing is out now, and by the BBC Scotland's weather report, should be dry by the morning ready for my next load to go onto the line.

Some of you are weirdy weird when it comes to housework and laundry.

I've been away for a week, got back to notice DH left a pair of my knickerson the line when he got the washing in before we left. They must be dry by now!! grin

DramaAlpaca Sat 13-Jul-13 23:28:29

I've just come back inside from pegging out a load on the washing line by torchlight.

It'll be nicely dry by lunchtime tomorrow.

EBearhug Sun 14-Jul-13 03:01:40

Socks are hung in pairs - with the heels pointing the same way.

Sometimes, I wish I could get so obsessive with all the other chores. For a fortnight or so, till everything is sparkling clean, and then go back to normal.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sun 14-Jul-13 03:17:33

News flash. Your neighbours don't care about your washing. They seriously could not care less about your washing if they tried. Your washing is deeply boring and mundane to your neighbours. It is even more boring than their own washing ... and that is saying something, because their own washing bores them rigid.

When was the last time you noticed your neighbours' washing? Never, right? Unless you're Hyacinth Bucket, of course. In which case, it probably fascinates you. But then you have way bigger problems than just the rights and wrongs over washing left out overnight.

Peg it out. Leave it out. Dance naked amongst it whilst howling at the moon. Your neighbours do not care.

SoupDragon Sun 14-Jul-13 08:29:49

Your neighbours do not care.

Unless your neighbours are some of the posters on this thread.

Cravingdairy Sun 14-Jul-13 08:53:42

We live in a flat and we aren't allowed to dry washing in communal areas including our own terraces/balconies! It's frustrating as the sun we've had would have done a lovely job on the reuseable nappies. Enjoy your pegging all!

Cravingdairy Sun 14-Jul-13 08:56:42

Hawaiian: I don't leave washing out overnight as there has been no need to. Wash in the morning, peg out by 11am and it'll be dry by bedtime.'

Amazingly I have other things I need to do in the morning and I suppose one or two others are the same.

cozietoesie Sun 14-Jul-13 09:41:35


With the heels pointing the same way?

I'm willing to lay a small wager that you iron your knickers.


apostropheuse Sun 14-Jul-13 11:37:05

Well of course the heels have to hang the same way. EBearhug is perfectly correct - it's the law.

I had high hopes for you up until that comment cozietoes.

I must point out that just because heels are hung pointing the same way it does not mean that the hanger of the socks is anal about ironing! I don't iron socks, underwear or even bedding (shhh don't tell anyone).

cozietoesie Sun 14-Jul-13 12:15:03


pookamoo Sun 14-Jul-13 19:04:46

Hawaiian: "I don't leave washing out overnight as there has been no need to. Wash in the morning, peg out by 11am and it'll be dry by bedtime."

I have about 6 loads to do... you can't get all that done in one day!

IfNotNowThenWhen Sun 14-Jul-13 21:49:18

Soz OrangeLily-missed your question.
Why did he complain? Because, apparently, hanging your washing out on the line is against the rules of the flats we live in.
He said "Imagine if we ALL hung our washing out?!
I imagined. I still don't get it!

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