Do you hang the washing out on a cold day?

(35 Posts)
hiddenhome Tue 05-Feb-13 10:44:20

It's sunny, it's windy, what more could a girl want? grin

It's not gonna dry is it?

<shivers with cold>

PostBellumBugsy Tue 05-Feb-13 10:49:39

It won't get bone dry, but on a day like today where you've got some sunshine & a brisk wind, you'll certainly get the heavy wet out of it.

LoonyRationalist Tue 05-Feb-13 10:58:12

No, it's just not worth the effort. Nothing more demoralising to me than having to hang washing to dry twice.
However I don't have a tumble dryer, if the other option was to tumble then I probably would yes as it wouldn't need to be rehung.
November to March I hang all my washing to dry in the spare room (with a humidifier). Rest of the year I try to wash only on dry days.

lljkk Tue 05-Feb-13 10:58:36

I would.

PigletJohn Tue 05-Feb-13 11:00:51

sunny and windy? yes it will.

rubyrubyruby Tue 05-Feb-13 11:01:26

Mines out!

specialsubject Tue 05-Feb-13 11:02:09

yes, it will dry if it doesn't rain or snow. (Obviously!) Put a coat on and go outside.

even if it isn't bone dry, a few litres less of water will be released into your house. That's good.

I presume that LoonyRationalist means DEhumidifier!

herewegoloubylou Tue 05-Feb-13 11:02:10

And mine.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Tue 05-Feb-13 11:03:19

Mine dried outside in under an hour yesterday. I was shocked as I didn't expect it to dry at all

Had same thought this am, except the sun doesn't rise above our house in winter, so decided against it. You could put it out on clothes horses so you don't need to re-hang it.

squaredog Tue 05-Feb-13 11:09:45

If the footpads become dry, I always reckon the washing will......

ShatnersBassoon Tue 05-Feb-13 11:12:36

I do. Even if they don't dry completely, it's less time in the tumble dryer so money saved. Plus the whites always benefit from a bit of sunshine.

LoonyRationalist Tue 05-Feb-13 11:12:51

Thanks SS yes dehumidifier - a humidifier might be just slightly counterproductive!

cupcake78 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:22:58

Yes, just for an hour or so. Especially towels and sheets. They dry loads faster when you bring them in and smell lovely!

mejon Tue 05-Feb-13 11:30:23

The weather was like that here on Saturday and I got a line-full almost dry. Finished it off overnight on the clotheshorse. Don't bother if it's very windy though - my king-sized sheets ended up under the car last week and needed another wash!

hiddenhome Tue 05-Feb-13 12:04:40

Nearly dry, but the sun has gone in now.

ThenWeTakeBerlin Tue 05-Feb-13 12:41:26

I did yesterday. I brought them in when they were 90% dry and then hung them up by my heater.

MrsPennyapple Tue 05-Feb-13 12:45:26

Yesterday was windy and sunny here, so I hung it out - was bedding so takes up loads of room if drying in the house. It was so windy that it came off the line twice, so I gave up after a couple of hours and brought it in, but that time outside got it mostly dry, and it was only on the airers inside for a couple of hours.

If it's enough to dry the pavements, it's enough to dry the washing.

I don't find the dehumidifier gets it dry any faster, am I doing it wrong?

misscph1973 Tue 05-Feb-13 12:56:26

I hate drying washing indoors, it's bad for the house and your health (think condensation and mold) and it takes up space. So I dry outdoors all year, although in winter it doesn't really dry, it's just not in the house during the day. I take it in at night to dry overnight in the bathroom (I hang it on hangers from the shower curtain pole).

I never had a drier as it shrinks clothes and uses too much energy.

BornToFolk Tue 05-Feb-13 13:09:04

I do. Unless the air is actually damp, it's going to get a good blow and freshen up at least. My mum hangs it out in all weathers, she's brought in clothes that have frozen stiff on the line before!

DeathMetalMum Tue 05-Feb-13 13:18:55

Mine was out this morning from just before 10 til about 12 as its now raining here. It is half dry so the full load will be dry and ready to put away by tonight (apart from my maternity trousers with their thick waistbands).

magimedi Tue 05-Feb-13 13:27:02

I don't find the dehumidifier gets it dry any faster, am I doing it wrong?

My dehumidifier sits in a small room & with it running full time, jeans will dry in about 5-6hours, big bath towels in about the same time.

spiderlight Tue 05-Feb-13 13:34:15

BornToFolk I remember my mum hanging a line of trousers/jeans on the line to freeze and then shaping them so they looked as if they were all chasing each other grin I put some washing out today and it did dry a bit before I admitted defeat and tumbled it, having shaken about half a ton of hailstones out of it all.

MrsPennyapple Tue 05-Feb-13 13:44:14

Ok, thanks magi mine is just in the bedroom with the door closed, but the room is reasonably big.

tinygreendragon Tue 05-Feb-13 13:50:26

My sheets are almost dry after being out for an hour or so but the rain clouds are coming in so just brought them in to put on the radiator for another 10 mins and they'll be fine.

nipersvest Tue 05-Feb-13 13:51:57

mine is out all the time except when it's raining. no tumble drier here so my garden and wind are my best friends grin

gnushoes Tue 05-Feb-13 14:10:03

Mine is out too. Got two loads pretty dry yesterday.

AmandaPayne Tue 05-Feb-13 14:15:26

Yes, yes. I am obsessive about line drying and get stuff out whenever possible. I had a sheet dry in 45 minutes in the high wind last week - it was held on by about 8 pegs, but it doesn't dry that quickly in hot sun even.

As others have said, things don't always get cupboard dry, but it's a lot of water not evaporating into your house. We only have a small washer/dryer, so you can't really tumble sheets and things as they come out too screwed up. I sometimes give towels or kids clothes half an hour to finish them off.

derektheladyhamster Tue 05-Feb-13 14:18:40

I've managed to wash and dry all the bed linen and a single duvet on the line. (although I did have to rescue the duvet when it blew off the line)

fab drying day here, windy, dry and sunny

sazpops Tue 05-Feb-13 14:45:31

Yes, put it out. If nothing else it will smell lovely! I'm lucky to have a huge airing cupboard that I can fit a large airer in so I can hang mine in there and it dries in no time. The only thing I don't hang outside are undies - it takes so long pegging and unpegging socks and pants, can't be a***d

bran Tue 05-Feb-13 15:02:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

nipersvest Tue 05-Feb-13 15:05:26

just use extra pags bran, my towels have just been on the line with 5 pegs to each towel, they're more or less dry after 2 hours.

hiddenhome Tue 05-Feb-13 15:28:07

I'm pleased that others get theirs out all year round too smile

The sun has returned and I've stuck another load out now. The first load is now dry after being in front of the fire for a couple of hours.

I hate the house being full of laundry. I have a laundry obsession and do between one and three loads a day blush

DoctorWhoFan Thu 07-Feb-13 20:11:54

I do, even if they don't dry, the worst of the excess water comes off, and they've been freshened up. Then I stick them on an airer in the spare room. I try not to use the tumble dryer cos it's just too expensive.

My MIL has put hers out in the dead of winter too, and only taken them in if it's rained or snowed LOL!

twinklesparkles Fri 08-Feb-13 11:33:44

Just about to put some out smile first load of line washing for the year smile

Nice and sunny, tiny bit of wind, not freezing.

smile hoping it'll be ok

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