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To put washing on the line in January?

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OriginalGreenGiant Fri 02-Jan-15 11:36:56

We've fallen so behind with the washing this past fortnight and I've just washed a monster load of towels that had built up. I have about 12 large towels that need drying, and my house is already full of laundry hanging up (radiators and tops of doorways have already been put to use!)

So I've just shoved them all on the (very long, very high) line. It's about 8 degrees here, breezy, blue sky. No direct sunlight on the line but will probably get a couple of hours this afternoon.

My mum is here, chuckling at me, saying what a waste of effort and they won't dry.

I know they probably won't dry completely but surely in those ^ conditions it will do something to the towels, meaning I only have to tumble them for a few minutes this evening.

It's not that weird, surely?

Behooven Fri 02-Jan-15 11:40:11

Even getting them aired will help although they won't dry until you bring them in. Why not, they'll smell nice anyway.

cricketpitch Fri 02-Jan-15 11:42:39

Not weird. I love the freshness of line-dried stuff. They'll tumble dry quicker after a spell on the line as long as it isn't too damp and in the meantime they are not draped round the house.

I put towels on the line in the last week and they froze overnight as I forgot about them. Lovely and fresh when they thawed and dried!

HoggleHoggle Fri 02-Jan-15 11:43:30

My Grandma does this and the woman is always right. So go ahead I'd say!

LapsedTwentysomething Fri 02-Jan-15 11:45:17

Mine is on the line too. I don't expect it to dry much but what a waste of energy to put it straight in the dryer.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 02-Jan-15 11:45:26

I've pegged out today. It's a bright blowy day, I can't resist.

Dumbledoresgirl Fri 02-Jan-15 11:47:10

Your mum is wrong and should be ashamed of herself for not being wiser than her dd.

You are right: even if the towels don't dry completely, with dry, sunny weather you can definitely get your towels to the point where they will only need a hour or so hanging indoors to finish drying. Plus, you are not adding moisture and that horrid damp smell to your house.

It is a fantastic day here. I'm off to put bedding on the line.

usualsuspect333 Fri 02-Jan-15 11:48:35

I've put some washing out today.It's sunny and blowy here.

I use my line all winter if we get bright blowy days.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Fri 02-Jan-15 11:49:50

I'm planning on getting my stuff out, it's sunny and blowy here too.

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Jan-15 11:50:28

It's bleeding snowing here so I won't be doing it angry

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Jan-15 11:51:47

Oh, and I forgot the bit about it also blowing a gale slight exaggeration

livegoldrings Fri 02-Jan-15 11:52:24

I read somewhere that if the ground is dry it is worth putting washing out as it will at least partly dry, if the ground stays damp dont bother.

usualsuspect333 Fri 02-Jan-15 11:52:33

Is it Salmo? envy

BobsTaintedLeftLeg Fri 02-Jan-15 11:54:09

Mines out too.

Even if it gets part dry, I can either bung it in the drier or in the airing cupboard to finish off.
More likely the airing cupboard.

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Jan-15 11:55:54

Yes, great big bleeding flakes of the stuff.

Not lying yet... but it might eventually

OriginalGreenGiant Fri 02-Jan-15 11:56:05

Ok so I'm not that weird then!

I'll bring it in about 4.30 (pending no rain clouds appearing of course) and see what difference it's made.

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Jan-15 11:57:01

In fact, it's a bit blizzard like - well half-blizzard anyway.

piggychops Fri 02-Jan-15 11:58:24

Our washing goes on the line all year round. Even if it only gets 50% dry it's less moisture to bring into the house. We don't have a tumble drier.

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Jan-15 12:00:13


These snowflakes are some of the biggest I've seen in many a year <old gimmer>

CrazyOldBagLady Fri 02-Jan-15 12:03:48

Mine's out right now, sunny and windy here at the moment, so I thought I would make the most of it. I'm sure a few of the heavier items won't dry out thoroughly but they should be ok after a night on the maiden indoors.

yongnian Fri 02-Jan-15 12:07:35

Mines out too, similarly bright and blowy though cold, so whilst they won't dry completely they'll still dry more than if indoors and therefore dry quicker when I bring them in.
If there's nothing actually falling from the sky, I try to get it washing out no matter what.

usualsuspect333 Fri 02-Jan-15 12:08:02

Big snowflakes envy

slightlyglitterstained Fri 02-Jan-15 12:08:10

Last week was similarly bright, and less windy - I did at least one wash each day to catch up and all of them went on the line first. Even a couple of hours is a few pints of water not going into your home.

We don't have a tumble dryer so unless it's raining, laundry always goes on the line. When it's blowy, that gets rid of quite a lot of water pretty fast. It dries faster if it's hot, but basic physics says it'll still lose water if the humidity level outside is low enough, and a bit of wind accelerates this.

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Jan-15 12:08:33

If there's a decent blowy wind and no dampness in the air it's always worth doing.

Nothing quite like the freshness of line-dried clothes!

unlucky83 Fri 02-Jan-15 12:09:51

I stick mine out all year (even I admitted on another thread) unless it is damp it will take a lot out- quicker to dry in tumble/inside.
I had a duvet cover on a rotary airer last year (pegged on more than one line so it dried quicker) really cold and it hailed ...went out to bring it in but found it was almost dry - just had hailstones collected in the middle - just tipped them out and left it ....

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