Leaving washing outside overnight

(22 Posts)
Rivercam Tue 10-Jun-14 16:35:41

I've just got around to putting some washing out, and realise it probably won't get dry this evening. It's only sheets, pillowcases etc, ( plus some other bits and bobs)so I could tumble dry them, but that seems a real waste in this glorious weather. I can't really be bothered to get them in and hang them out again tomorrow.

Is is really slovenly to leave them out, or practical? Hands up - who would leave the washing out, and who would bring it in?

GotAnotherQuestion Tue 10-Jun-14 16:41:57

The only problem with leaving it outside is: spiders or rain.

Traditionally old fashioned views are that it is slovenly practice but let's be practical here. It is summer after all!

Mcnorton Tue 10-Jun-14 16:43:34

Leave it out if its not likely to rain. Spiders can get in your washing in the daytime anyway.

Wolfiefan Tue 10-Jun-14 16:44:55

Don't leave it out if you have batty visitors to your garden! Bat poo is poo like no other!

lljkk Tue 10-Jun-14 16:45:26

earwigs, too, if under trees.
I leave ours out occasionally, no regrets.

HecatePropylaea Tue 10-Jun-14 16:49:44

Washing smells beautiful left out overnight.

Even if it rains, it dries again and washing that's been rained on smells even better.

specialsubject Tue 10-Jun-14 17:14:43

leave it out. Tumble drying in this weather????? Are you made of cash?

are you in the UK? If so spiders are not an issue.

expatinscotland Tue 10-Jun-14 17:18:42

Leave it out.

Meow75 Tue 10-Jun-14 17:20:06

If it's sunny now, I'd be very surprised if it's not dry before you go to bed. Unless you go to bed at 6pm.

Even if it's not totally dry when you bring it in, I bet 5 minutes in the dryer will sort it later.

I hung out a dark purple duvet cover this morning and, no word of a lie, it was dry in 10 minutes.

LemonBreeland Tue 10-Jun-14 17:22:10

I'm just about to hang some out that I won't have time to put out in the morning.

BackforGood Tue 10-Jun-14 17:24:38

Forecast rain here (well, it started an hour or so ago) so I'd just bung it in the tumble drier.

Needadvice5 Tue 10-Jun-14 17:26:43

I hate washing being left out over night but my old irish neighbour hangs hers out in the evening and brings it all in the morning??
Desperate to ask why? is it an Irish thing?

hollyisalovelyname Tue 10-Jun-14 17:42:08

It's not an Irish thing. It's just daft.
I hate the smell of clothes that have been left out in the rain..

Rivercam Tue 10-Jun-14 22:06:55

My garden is fairly shady in the evening which us why i didn't't think it would dry. However, I went to check it and it has dried, apart from the odd bit.

Thank you for all your replies. I honestly expected the mumsnet consensus to be that it wasn't the done thing.

dementedma Tue 10-Jun-14 22:09:46

I often leave mine out for days.
It will either dry eventually, or you will have to give in and drag a saoking wet heap back in.
I work full time and cannot be on hand to monitor the washing so it often gets rained on. Nobody died yet.

bigbuttons Tue 10-Jun-14 22:11:50

I've left mine out tonight. It's sunny here tomorrow, any dew dampness will soon dry off.

DramaAlpaca Tue 10-Jun-14 22:14:08

There's nothing wrong with hanging out washing in the evening & leaving it overnight. I do it all the time as I don't have time in the morning. It's just a practical thing. I can't think why it would be seen as slovenly.

Johnthedog Tue 10-Jun-14 23:35:33

If you have white laundry out, moths are attract to white and you may bring them into the house.

Needadvice5 Tue 10-Jun-14 23:48:02

for me it's not to do with moths or spiders,it just seems lazy!

Freckletoes Tue 10-Jun-14 23:50:17

I'm with dementedma mine regularly stays out through the rain! No tumble drier so everything is hung out! Can't understand this obsession with spiders, earwigs and moths getting in it?! Do people not open their windows in the summer-you get a massive influx of beasties then!

Johnthedog Wed 11-Jun-14 01:31:15

Yes - leave windows open and end up with holy jumpers!

Monty27 Wed 11-Jun-14 01:33:32

I do it all the time smile

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