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Laundry mathematics: How many airers do you have? Is there an optimum ratio?

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AstridsTardisDisaster Thu 30-Dec-10 00:12:57

4 people: 2 airers
= not quite enough?
always having to wait 24 hours before putting on next load of washing. never catching up.

What works?
I can never bring myself to buy another airer, they are so fucking boring and not cheap.

MyLittleOwls Thu 30-Dec-10 00:14:54

One word.........Dehumidifier

AstridsTardisDisaster Thu 30-Dec-10 00:16:45

i'm not sure that one would get past DH the eco-police.

westlake Thu 30-Dec-10 00:18:29

airer rack on ceiling works twice as fast smile

AstridsTardisDisaster Thu 30-Dec-10 00:23:17

i'll see where one could go, but low ceilings and small rented house.

MyLittleOwls Thu 30-Dec-10 00:24:11

I justify a dehumidifier on the basis that it is not a.........tumble dryer <<faints>>

<<whispers>> but my towels come out of it soooo fluffy and soft

Seona1973 Thu 30-Dec-10 09:51:13

we have 2 and can fit up to 4 loads of washing on them - shirts, polo shirts etc go on hangers and hang off the airer too. socks hang on those clippy things that hang off the airer roo. We have airers similar to this

sarah293 Thu 30-Dec-10 09:52:33

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ethelina Thu 30-Dec-10 10:04:44

I use my line on every slightly nice day even if it's freezing. I have 2 airers but I HATE them clogging up my house. It all goes out until daylight goes then a quick tumble to finish the drying. I love my tumble drier and would use it more if it were free to run.

2 airers, 3 people, 2 cats.

Bonsoir Thu 30-Dec-10 10:06:53

I have one airer and we are five people and wear a lot of clean clothing/like clean sheets and towels.

However, I have a very warm and well ventilated apartment and use my tumble dryer a lot - not to dry clothes but I tumble for 10 minutes to remove creases before hanging to dry.

ethelina Thu 30-Dec-10 10:07:06

Oh man! I've just inadvertently done a ticker haven't I?

<packs bags and slopes off to the other site in shame>

CybilScissorhands Thu 30-Dec-10 10:09:25

I have a wooden pulley in my futility room

I have a foldy airer that I only use in the summer as an add on to the washing line- I loathe airers in a house

I like to tumble dry or drape wet stuff artfully over the radiators

OP-get a tumble dryer for heavens sake

truffleshuffle Thu 30-Dec-10 10:16:58

At the moment I have 2 full airers in the lounge - yes I know people will curl their lip in distaste, I hate them too - but unfortunately we have no tumble dryer and I've got a backlog of washing from when my pipes were frozen. The lounge has a log burning stove so is the warmest room in the house. I do 2 loads of washing a day and put a load on each airer.
I too can't wait until the weather is better and I can put it all out on the line!

Oblomov Thu 30-Dec-10 10:18:16

4 cheap white metal/plastic airers. 2 doubles and 2 triples.
2 adults and 2 children. Is enough.

MickyLee Thu 30-Dec-10 10:22:31

I have 6 dining chairs which all have 3 bars across each back. My dining area is currently a chinese laundry

ChasingSquirrels Thu 30-Dec-10 10:27:35

1 adult, 2 children - 1 airer (takes 2 mid-sized (not full) loads).
If doing sheets then I hang then on radiator airers hung over the top of a door - so they get the full hanging length.

AstridsTardisDisaster Thu 30-Dec-10 11:29:20

Ah but we have a washer/drier.
So if we're drying we're not washing.
It takes forever to dry clothes.
DH would have a fit.
We use it for emergencies only ie. uniform not dry at 8am kind of emergency.

We don't have an airing cupboard or a futility room.

shongololo Thu 30-Dec-10 11:42:16

1 airer, one ancient clothes horse! 5 people.

I put jeans/towels on the radiators. Air stuff over 24 hours an then 10 mins in the tumble drier.

purepurple Thu 30-Dec-10 11:47:47

I have 1 airer and there are 4 of us. I put shirts etc on hangers and hang them off the airer. Socks and undies go on radiators, jeans and sheets and towels go over the bannister. I have a largish landing and have found that the clothes dry quicker upstairs. When stuff is nearly dry (or if I have another load waiting to be dried)I put them on top of the immersion in the airing cupboard.
I do have tp plan what i am going to wash. I alternate stuff that will ned to go on the drier with stuff that doesn't. I also find that as stuff dries I can move it around on the drier and fold it in half to make more space. It's a full time job grin

FrozenChocolate Thu 30-Dec-10 12:49:57

this is the bugger you want. It's excellent, 4 loads of laundry, can put stuff on hangers, folds up flat, it's as tall as me. Buy it.

hocuspontas Thu 30-Dec-10 13:15:59

Just about to link to the Minky tower! You won't need anything else. I've chucked my others away.

cece Thu 30-Dec-10 13:23:22

2 adults, 3 children (one of whom is under 2)

I have this airer from IKEA.

It holds one load (I don't use the lower hanging area unless desperate)

I do one load a day - well overnight as I am on economy 7 electricity. Hang to dry during day and then put away when new load gets hung up the next day.

I never dry to catch up with the laundry as I do one load per day iyswim.

whites
coloureds
black stuff
towels
sheets
then back to whites.

AstridsTardisDisaster Thu 30-Dec-10 13:50:05

ooh the minky could be the answer.

FrozenChocolate Thu 30-Dec-10 16:57:25

similar one here from ikea

Hamface Fri 31-Dec-10 00:12:43

I've got the jml dri-buddy and I bloody love it, doesn't seem to have made much of a difference to our electricity bill and I can get a whole load dry in a few hours. (perhaps someone lovely can link for me?)

Other than that I have a balcony airer which dh mounted on the wall in the box room which provides quite a lot of space and lies flush to the wall when not in use though it never is just the 2 of us though, but we do seem to make an awful lot of washing hmm

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