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Hang out your washing at night

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vintageteacups Fri 03-Jun-11 00:37:16

If you find it tricky getting all your washing done before it creates a mountain, do a load last thing after tea during the warmer months and hang it out over night. It'll be almost dry by 9am so you can take it in and then get the next lot out.

This has saved me so much time - my washing machine does't have a quick wash at 40 so it's really annoying having to wait 2 hours for a load to do. Hanging a load over night saves loads of time.

SoloIsAHotCougar Fri 03-Jun-11 00:39:22

I do this too (but hang it over an airer indoors) and then put the next load on a 9 hour delay to come on in the morning.

reddaisy Fri 03-Jun-11 00:41:36

I thought about this today as I have hardly any time in the morning to hang out the washing before work and my machine has a long cycle too. But thought it wouldn't be a good idea but couldn't think why?! Maybe I will try it now!

vintageteacups Fri 03-Jun-11 00:43:11

I've also said this before but if you put your whites out when there's a full moon (or even any moonif it's a clear night) it's supposed to make them much brighter.

My friend told me that and I've read it since. Seems to work a treat but don't know why.

SingingSands Fri 03-Jun-11 00:43:25

But only if you know it's going to be a dry night, and that the birds are not going to crap all over it at the crack of dawn! And don't even get me started on the spiders and cobwebs...shudder!

However, all that said, DH hung a load out at 8pm and it IS forecast to be dry tonight so it should be fine - it's all his own clothes so if there are any spiders or bird crappings on it, I don't have to care!

VforViennetta Fri 03-Jun-11 00:49:21

I do this often, hang out a load in the evening and have a washer full to hang out in the morning. I find full on sunlight to get lots of stains out, especially on whites.

But then again I'm a slattern and often have about 10 loads to do till it's clear, I can't remember the last time I had no washing.

I did think the sunlight thing was a myth, but no it really does work, only for organic stains though, does bollock all for pen.

VforViennetta Fri 03-Jun-11 00:51:48

Oh hell singing, I went out to get the washing in awhile ago and ended up with a massive pale gross spider in my hand after taking a sheet off the line, I was literally shuddering for days.

BooyHoo Fri 03-Jun-11 00:52:05

i do this atm. i got way behind so have a backlog and am catching up by hanging one in teh morning and one in teh evening.

SingingSands Fri 03-Jun-11 00:53:53

I'm shuddering now, just reading that!

LordOfTheFlies Fri 03-Jun-11 18:35:12

Eurgh no. I hate brining it in at evening( leave it out as long as possible)
Have to shake it in case there are moths,they give me the vapours.Yuk Yuk

ragged Fri 03-Jun-11 18:44:56

Doesn't work where we live!

needsatrim Fri 03-Jun-11 18:47:15

Last time I did that all our jeans and best shirts were knicked.
We have since moved areas, nevertheless would be cautious in future.

mummakaz Sun 05-Jun-11 19:41:40

I have left the washing out over night but it was covered in spiders and webs so won't do it now sad

crispyambulance Sun 05-Jun-11 23:23:12

a full moon makes whites brighter? grin

i leave washing out all night as it catches the sun first thing, shock at neighbours nicking it

vintageteacups Sun 05-Jun-11 23:35:21

I know the full moon thing sounds a bit hmm but it wasn't me who said it - it was my friend and my nan!

crispyambulance Sun 05-Jun-11 23:39:28

grin i'll try it

thekidsrule Mon 06-Jun-11 12:10:28

do this all the time,i am not a morning person and the thought of hanging washing out first thing fills me with dread

so much easier though my neighbour keeps on about it gets damp,no its damp when washed then dries when out but he dosent get it

Thornelius Wed 08-Jun-11 13:38:14

Someone said it was common to leave washing out over night! sod what other people think, if your washing needs drying then what else can you do, My machine is on all day everyday and I leave it out over night!
I think my neighbours must be nudists as they never hang washing out, day or night! haha

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 09-Jun-11 17:59:08

I often do this - the mornings are far too chaotic. Dry stuff comes in when I get back from work and a new load goes out, if there is one.

Actually I'm luing through my teeth. DP often does this - laundry is his job grin

SuePurblybilt Thu 09-Jun-11 18:01:18

I can't see moonlight making much difference. Perhaps more likely there will be a frost/lower temperature on clear moonlit nights - frost and cold very good for whites. As is sunlight.

Still you never know - it could be the pixies grin

bitsnbobs Fri 10-Jun-11 15:41:56

I would do this but had an incident with a stray cat peeing on my bath towels so never again!

YankNCock Fri 10-Jun-11 15:44:38

Is it only me that finds that the washing smells funny after being out all night? I've only ever done it by accident.

Mind you, I lived down in that London before. Perhaps oop norf my washing wouldn't get the narsty smell hanging out overnight.

Moot point anyway, it keeps sodding raining.

IslaValargeone Fri 10-Jun-11 15:47:01

I have only ever done this by mistake, and found it has little night crawlie creatures on it ugh.

Meglet Fri 10-Jun-11 15:48:50

I put mine out at night even if it rains. Much nicer than tripping over the clothes airer all the time.

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Fri 10-Jun-11 15:59:56

No can't leave it out all night it smells bad when you bring it on!

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