How low do you go?

(42 Posts)
HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 11:15:47

It is 3C here today but sunny (well winter-sunny IFKWIM) - is it too cold to put washing out and expect it to dry?

What is the coldest you have put out washing at?

diamondee Sat 02-Feb-13 11:29:04

If I have to put a coat on hang the washing out it's too cold for me

magimedi Sat 02-Feb-13 11:52:12

If it's sunny & a bit windy I'll put it out for a bit, especially bedding, as I like the fresh smell it then gets.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 12:27:53

I put it out but it is very chilly!

I'll bring it in when it stops glowing in the sun (it's whites)

CointreauVersial Sat 02-Feb-13 12:28:46

Mine only goes out in the summer.

Otherwise it goes on the rack in the utility room.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 12:36:26

my bedding's already on there (asthmatic so bedding is dried indoors)

CrazyOldCatLady Sat 02-Feb-13 13:26:15

I find washing dries quite quickly in the right sort of cold - and the quickest drying is when it freezes solid. So, pretty low : )

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 13:44:37

thanks to the blustery breeze, much of it is nearly dry already and I feel a little bit as though spring is getting near grin

NotInMyDay Sat 02-Feb-13 13:47:43

I heard a good tip once that said if the ground (i.e. slabs or concrete not grass) is dry then washing will dry. Might take ages but it'll still be drier than it was.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 14:02:29

good tip - just checked, path is dry

Really warm blush I hate getting cold hands from hanging it out when it's too cold out. I also don't really like the smell it gets outside (although we live rurally confused) so much prefer it tumble dried! I only hang stuff out out of guilt blush

specialsubject Sat 02-Feb-13 14:25:18

I've dried three loads of washing outside today - including big towels. It is sunny and windy, doesn't matter if it is cold.

only one planet, folks - turn off the tumble driers.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 14:30:13

no tumble drier

LadyInPink Sat 02-Feb-13 14:37:24

Hell no, if it's sunny it will definitely dry (or as near as dammit). I hang out at every opportunity as we have a damp house and tumble driers are expensive to run all winter. I hang out even if cold and grey out and it's usually 80% dry when I bring it in and then dries in an hour or so over the airing rack.

Today is sunny although a bit cold and mine was dry within an hour!!

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 02-Feb-13 14:40:44

If it's sunny, then the humidity is pretty low, so it should dry OK even if it's freezing.

I remember in the Little House on the Prairie books, Ma would bring clothes that had frozen stiff like boards, and iron them like that.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 14:46:39

katy awesome clothes-drying fact there. I'm impressed!

shirts and t-shirts were dry - except ds pe top. towels were dry also.

fussychica Sat 02-Feb-13 15:41:33

As soon as DH puts my line back up after working on the patiohmm - fed up with indoor drying on the VERY rare days when outdoor drying is actually possible.

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 02-Feb-13 16:40:46

I almost never dry my clothes outside. I know it's lazy and awful of me but I'm American and I just... I don't know. I just can't do it. If it's really sunny and warm and I have nothing better to do and I happen to think of it, I'll dry clothes outside.

Terrible waste of money, I know.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 16:59:40

probably being a bit dim here but why does being American mean you don't put clothes out to dry katy

CremeEggThief Sat 02-Feb-13 17:31:27

How do you all get washing dry in an hour or two? confused

It has to be 25° or hotter for any I hang out to dry that quick! I only hang out between March and very beginning of October, usually, and only if I'm nearly 100% sure it won't rain and I still expect it to take at least four hours. Dry to me means bone dry though- straight from the line to the drawer/wardrobe. Do some of you finish off inside?

I have always lived in houses with north-facing gardens though, where I don't think it's worthwhile putting it out before about 10.30 a.m., so that might make a difference.

DeathMetalMum Sat 02-Feb-13 17:49:18

North facing garden but had washing out about 50% of this year so far anything above freezing and it is out. I put some out a few weeks ago and could see the water evaporating out of the washing (like mish when you breathe). I do finish off inside, on very cold days I usually put half outside half in and what is in has dried by the time I get the washing in from outside so less washing hanging around.

DottyDot Sat 02-Feb-13 17:53:50

we have to put ours out - no tumble drier and no inside space to dry it! So we hang it outside but under a carport <classy> and then finish it off over various radiators - they're enough to finish stuff off but not dry everything entirely.

Sometimes the washing can come in fairly crisp with the cold though... grin

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 02-Feb-13 18:25:20

HellesBelles, washing lines are relatively rare in America. Growing up, I didn't know anyone who did it. In fact, thinking back, I'm not sure I remember knowing anybody who hung their washing out to dry, although I do remember seeing clothes lines.

In some areas, clothes lines are actually forbidden. Where I lived as a teenager and where my father lives now, for example, it is forbidden to hang clothes. This is usually down to HOA's (Home Owner Associations) rather than any local governments. And, in recent years, some people have challenged these HOA rules because they think it's absurd.

But, to put it bluntly: until pretty recently, I think clothes lines were seen as something only poor people did.

BoffinMum Sat 02-Feb-13 19:09:40

Mine never seems to dry unless it's about 12C or more, or windy, so I have given up attempting this in the winter.

Dyson needs to develop a more efficient system IMO.

That's what I was thinking, Cremeegg confused
I can't put clothes away unless absolutely bone dry and it takes a good few hours in perfect sunshine with lots of wind to get it even vaguely like that confused

I think it comes from growing up in damp houses and having to put on damp clothes some mornings sad

CremeEggThief Sat 02-Feb-13 19:26:13

Whispers, glad it's not just me smile.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Feb-13 19:27:21

I put clothes out today. It was bright and sunny here but still cold. They weren't totally dry when I brought them back in but they'd had a good start. And it means they'll need less time on the clothes horse to finish off. I have a combined washer/dryer but very rarely use the dryer.

specialsubject Sat 02-Feb-13 20:13:46

the American thing is scary. Bill Bryson rants about the unwatched bars in TVs, the lights left on all night and so on (and parts of the UK are as bad) but to use a drier because it LOOKS BAD to hang out washing?

just made up the bed with the clean bedding, first outside drying in a few weeks. Smells lovely! (and no, I don't have a tumble drier)

landofsoapandglory Sat 02-Feb-13 20:17:42

I put some bits out, that can't go on the tumble drier, yesterday. They smelt lovely when they were ironed today.

I love the smell of outdoor dried washing!

Leafmould Sat 02-Feb-13 20:27:29

Mrs tiggywinkle says if the yard or pavement is dry, put it out. But if the ground is not drying, then your clothes will not dry either.

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 02-Feb-13 20:28:30

My reasons for not hanging out washing have nothing to do with how I think it looks. I'm just not in the habit of doing it.

It may sound absurd to think it looks bad, but to put it into some perspective: until very, very recently, energy in America was quite cheap and people didn't really worry about carbon footprints until recently, either. Nearly everyone in America could afford to own a dryer and to run a dryer. Dryers make clothes fluffy and soft and less wrinkled and there was really no reason why anybody wouldn't just use a dryer.

If someone hung out clothes, it was probably because they couldn't afford a dryer and those would pretty much be only the poorest people. When I saw a clothes line, I assumed that was an impoverished household and I felt a bit embarrassed for them, having to hang their personal possessions for all the world to see like that.

Obviously, things are very different here. I see clothes lines outside even the very nicest houses in the poshest neighbourhoods. It's a cultural preference to hang clothes out on a line.

hotbot Sat 02-Feb-13 20:57:09

There is nothing fresher than hung out to dry clothes, I hate using the dryer!

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 02-Feb-13 21:20:21

I've grown to like the smell, but I still prefer to tumble dry. It's a cultural thing, I guess.

HellesBelles396 Sat 02-Feb-13 22:21:52

the fluffy and uncreased reasons are why I miss having a drier. to be fair, when I had one, I lived in a fourth floor flat with a baby and storage heaters so it was the only practical way to set clothes. I do get quite a lot of satisfaction from seeing my clothes on the line but, because I'm at work all day, I worry about putting washing out at 7am in case it rains while I'm out. I wouldn't do that until it's light at 7am and light at 6pm anyway.

BerylStreep Sat 02-Feb-13 23:43:46

Katy, that is really interesting.

BTW, can anyone explain fluffy and uncreased in a dryer for me? Any time I use my dryer, my clothes are vv creased. I take them out of the dryer straight away, but they are always the same.

craftycottontail Sun 03-Feb-13 00:30:22

I tend not to put mine outside until it feels like Spring!

I use a clothes horse when I do though as don't have a line - if you don't like to get cold hands could hang out the washing inside on the horse then just move it outside.

HellesBelles396 Sun 03-Feb-13 09:30:29

my friend does that in her car port - she has a wooden airer though - no risk of flying away.

you might be leaving them in the drier too long - does it have a dryness sensor?

loverofwine Sun 03-Feb-13 09:35:01

I've got a cover for my line. it's like a little tent so you can hang stuff out even if it is raining or possibility of rain. it's bloody brilliant.

BoffinMum Sun 03-Feb-13 09:50:08

Beryl, you need to halve the amount of clothes you are putting in there, so three is room for them to spread out while drying.

Mine goes out in all temps if it is sunny and there aren't showers about. If its cloudy or the humidity is high I don't put it out until it is warmer.

Even if it doesn't dry all the way getting rid of some of the moisture is a good thing.

Mrstiggywinkle sounds very wise indeed!

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