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Drying clothes in -3

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AnAirOfHopeInAManger Thu 06-Dec-12 12:21:49


My dryer has broken and i have to wait for new parts. So my question is how do i dry clothes when it is -3 outside? Will the clothes dry?

I have a clothes horse but its small and i have a lot of washing to do. I have no idea how to dry it all blush

Any tips or help greatfully welcome

nannyl Thu 06-Dec-12 12:39:19

do you have a laundrett nearby?

they have giant dryers that will take much more than a normal domestic ones

noisytoys Thu 06-Dec-12 12:50:56

I use a big airer with a dehumidifier next to it and the radiator turned on it takes about a day to dry a load

AnAirOfHopeInAManger Thu 06-Dec-12 14:15:28

a day sad

newtonupontheheath Thu 06-Dec-12 15:03:33

I hang clothes over door frames, on hangers... Over the bannister... On curtain poles... Whack the heating on and voila! Heat rises so I keep it upstairs all crowded and stay downstairs until I think it's dry-that way it doesn't annoy me too much!

We have a dryer but I'm trying desperately not to use it as I'd rather have the heating on!

specialsubject Thu 06-Dec-12 18:42:50

if it is windy and not raining, clothes will dry outside. If it is really cold and still the water freezes on the clothes, and then you can shake a lot of it off, eskimo-style!

if it is still and damp, or raining, no.

AnAirOfHopeInAManger Thu 06-Dec-12 18:58:01

I put a load out on line as it was dry and windy but -1 and they dried smile

I also put some on maid, in airing cupboard and on the radiators and on hangers in doorway and turned heating up on full blush

I can report the clothes on radiator bried the fastest in an hour smile

Clothes on maid took the longest.

I have a 3 year old with s&d and a one year old muck magnet.

Not looking forward to tomoro I want my drier fixed.

spottymoo Thu 06-Dec-12 20:22:24

I have two clothes airers open the windows upstairs airers are on landing I can dry 2 loads a day on them.

Bedding goes over the banister and dries in a day

PigletJohn Thu 06-Dec-12 23:21:34

there's a lot to be said for a tumble drier

a modern vented one uses about 60p worth of electricity to dry a full load of 7 or 8 kg of cotton, and about 30p for a smaller or synthetic load

some of the better condensors use less, but they cost significantly more to buy. The really economical ones use one-third the electricity, but cost three times as much to buy, which rather defeats the idea of economy.

PigletJohn Fri 07-Dec-12 08:38:08

Btw wet washing draped around the house or on radiators is the main cause of condensation, damp and mould in UK homes.

If you don't use a washing line or a tumbler, I'm sure a closed room with a dehumidifier will keep the damp down.

Another cheap way is to hang it over the bath with the door and window shut and an effective extractor fan running.

A bathroom extractor runs for about 50 hours on 1kWh of electricity (currently 14p)

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