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Leaving washing on the line overnight....

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MissTweed Sat 06-Jul-13 20:53:41

I've been on a washing mission today and put the last load on the line at around 4ish. It's not dry and so not likely to be by tonight.

I was brought up being told that 'one does not leave their washing on the line overnight' I know damn well my mum would tut at me for doing so but I really can't be arsed to drag my heavily pregnant arse of the sofa to get it in then hang it back out in the morning!!

Someone please tell me that the neighbourhood isn't going to be whispering about my poor womanhood skills!! :D

didireallysaythat Sat 06-Jul-13 21:13:13

I bought a covered washing line so leave stuff out for days/weeks sometimes.

My grandmama wouldn't put washing out on a Sunday but she was chapel....

Leave it out - its warm !

specialsubject Sat 06-Jul-13 21:22:31

never heard of any of this 19th century nonsense. Don't make work, leave it out until it is dry.

Abra1d Sat 06-Jul-13 21:23:54

I know you're not supposed to do this, but we do if we know it's going to be dry and we'll only have to stick it all out again in the morning. Not if we have guests, though. Fortunately my neighbours are the kind of people who really couldn't care less.

SuperiorCat Sat 06-Jul-13 21:25:27

My only worry about doing this is getting lots of spiders in my clothes

SoulTrain Sat 06-Jul-13 21:27:01

I always say to DH (completely tongue in cheek btw) "look at Jane and her slovenly ways with her pants out over night on the line."

I don't even know where I've heard it from.

Leave it out!!

CheungFun Sat 06-Jul-13 21:27:40

I've only ever heard of this on mumsnet! My washing is out on the line now and so is my next door neighbours. No point in bringing it in only to take it out again in the morning!

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 06-Jul-13 21:28:04

I've just pegged out <looks for lazy tart emoticon>

WeAreSix Sat 06-Jul-13 21:28:09

My neighbour always leaves her washing out. Makes me feel much better about doing the same smile

clothfairy Sat 06-Jul-13 21:28:28

I think this falls into the category of things people wouldn't do in times gone by, like wearing a dress without an underslip. As long as you are confident that no one will nick your knickers I would go for it. I've done it myself a couple of times this summer and I know what you mean, I felt like my Mum and Grandma would be disappointed in my actions smile
It's not going to rain, your time is best spent relaxing with your bump.

mikkii Sat 06-Jul-13 21:28:55

I don't have a washing line. All mine goes in the dryer.

intheshed Sat 06-Jul-13 21:30:56

confused but why aren't you supposed to? I often hang wet washing outside in the evening, if I know it's due to be sunny the next day as I never have time to hang it out before work.

In fact my machine has just finished a load and seeimg as it's the weekend I might <whispers> just leave it in the machine all night shock

HorryIsUpduffed Sat 06-Jul-13 21:31:06

I never do.

For a start, I don't want my washing sopping with dew in the morning, if it is half dry now.

Spider/bird poo issues would also bother me. My line often develops webs overnight.

So my last load of washing came in at eight and is waiting by the back door to go out again first thing.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 06-Jul-13 21:31:09

Sometimes I leave washing out long enough to dry, then have a second rise in the rain. (thorough)

scratchandsniff Sat 06-Jul-13 21:32:11

I've not long hung some out. I know It's going to be hot tomorrow so reckon it makes sense. Easier to do it now than in the morning when DS awake.

GeordieCherry Sat 06-Jul-13 21:35:29

Mine's out & it's staying there!

MrsWolowitz Sat 06-Jul-13 21:36:59

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milkysmum Sat 06-Jul-13 21:37:50

Would certainly do this- for days sometimes!!!

MissTweed Sat 06-Jul-13 22:50:52

I have in the past left some washing out and it rained.....for days...I was determined not the get the washing in until it was dry!! Lol

bigbuttons Sat 06-Jul-13 22:52:47

mine's staying out tonight ;I could not be arsed to bring it in

GibberTheMonkey Sat 06-Jul-13 22:52:55

I hang mine out in the evening. I have time then

I don't get the bird poo thing, birds fly and shit more during the day than they do at night when they've gone to roost (just don't have your line under a tree)

LakeFlyPie Sat 06-Jul-13 22:54:45

I'm just going to hang mine out now grin

Obviously it won't get wet given the current heatwave, but during wetter weather I don't mind if it gets a soaking and takes a bit longer to dry; the rainwater softens the fabric.

nenevomito Sat 06-Jul-13 23:00:57

I pegged mine out at 10. Hopefully it will be dry by tomorrow morning.

HorraceTheOtter Sat 06-Jul-13 23:03:44

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WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Sat 06-Jul-13 23:05:04

I do it all the time, never had any problems with bird poo or spiders and to be honest until I came on MN I had no idea that I was risking the neighbours tutting at me (I'm sure mine don't though). Never had a problem with dew either, it only ever seems to be slightly damp in the morning and then dries in no time if it is sunny or breezy or both.

OnTheNingNangNong Sat 06-Jul-13 23:07:16

I've just started putting mine out over night and it's been great on these lovely few days, Some of my washing was dry by the time I had finished the school run. I am converted.

20wkbaby Sat 06-Jul-13 23:10:39

I've had my washing out so long in the past there are fade marks on my towels. Just got caught by several rogue showers.

Meglet Sat 06-Jul-13 23:16:27

Mine is often left out for a couple of nights. If I don't need it the next day or I want creases to drop out then it requires zero effort to leave it there.

No bird poo or spiders, but the odd bumble bee.

Madratlady Sat 06-Jul-13 23:28:01

I put mine out when we got home at half 10 tonight. It's a nice night so it will start to dry overnight and it'll save time in the morning.

OrangeLily Wed 10-Jul-13 00:20:22

I tried to do this tonight but happened to look outside and my pole had slipped so had to go out and just brought it in at midnight.

The neighbours across the way from us left one load out for more than 24 hours this week.. I was starting to worry something had happened to them!

chipmonkey Wed 10-Jul-13 01:18:36

I have left washing out for very long periods of time. I hope my neighbours don't talk but feck them if they do!

KatieHalfPrice Wed 10-Jul-13 02:08:52

There was a thread like thus recently where a poster said that she purposely puts her washing out at night because that's when she has time to do it. That was a revelation to me as I was always under the illusion that leaving washing out overnight was A Very Bad Thing.

I now put my washing out in the evenings to save precious time in the mornings. I assumed my neighbour was judging me for this as she is the epitome of domestic goddessness and not only brings her washing in, but tge whole blooming washing line. However, I notice that tonight even she has left her washing out so it must be ok.

AdoraBell Wed 10-Jul-13 02:21:00

It only bring it in for the night, makes it sound like a Pet, when it's still damp if I really need it first thing the next morning.

garlicsmutty Wed 10-Jul-13 03:18:47

Katie, I bet you've had the same effect on NDN that Mumsnet had on you!

In built-up areas there used to be a lot of soot and chemical waste in the air - this is one environmental change that's been a glorious success! You had to bring your washing in if it rained, as the rain would leave sooty marks and was often contaminated with chemicals. Overnight condensation could have the same effect. I don't know whether the taboo of which you speak pre-dates the Industrial Revolution, but it seems to me that it might have grown up for practical reasons then.

OrangeLily Wed 10-Jul-13 06:22:57

I wasn't talking about them... Just a little neighbourly concern in case something had happened!

Jan49 Wed 10-Jul-13 08:48:13

I was brought up to think you should never leave washing on the line overnight...but I'm not sure why. I've only ever left certain things overnight - dusters, or a heavy item that's soaking wet like a jacket which isn't practical to hang indoors. I suppose I thought it was get damp overnight, though my grandmother was actually probably more concerned about what the neighbours would think.hmm

Jan49 Wed 10-Jul-13 08:48:55

Correction: "it would get damp" not "it was.."

IamMummyhearmeROAR Wed 10-Jul-13 11:55:55

I do this a lot. My mother doesn't approve but the both her and MIL have been known to repeg my washing so it looks 'bonny'

I once had a neighbour who pegged out her wash on a bright Christmas Eve and brought it in at the end of February. That's maybe a step too far!

Vivacia Wed 10-Jul-13 12:03:58

I always notice when neighbours leave their washing out, not just over night but for three days in a row. I notice in the same way I notice dirty net curtains and untidy front gardens. It's just working class snobbery I think from my upbringing I think.

Personally I don't leave laundry out overnight because I don't like that dewy dampness you get in the morning. You know? Like when you're camping? However, in your case, wanting to put your feet up when pregnant I'd have thought "F*ck the neighbours" and left it out!

TheRealAmandaClarke Thu 03-Jul-14 18:56:06

I have this dilemma right now <serious first world problem>
Massive load of laundry and I'm tempted to put the towels out now to drip overnight because the drier's already on and the clothes horse is full.
I'm gonna do it.

TheRealAmandaClarke Fri 04-Jul-14 08:34:57

Bravo. Total success. Wet towels last night. Bone dry by 7am.

Tyranasaurus Fri 04-Jul-14 10:04:55

The woman behind me always has her washing out when I get up at 6. I always thought she was getting up at 5 to hang it out- but now I know she must be hanging it out under cover of darkness smile

andsmile Fri 04-Jul-14 11:24:47

24 hours society innit! grin ..well this applies to my laundering habits too. It maybe days and get wet/dry several times.

I dont put my knickers out though blush

andsmile Fri 04-Jul-14 11:26:33

just had to google covered washing lines - yet another item to put on my domestic list along with a heated airer, steam mop, and roombar hoover thing.

Thurlow Fri 04-Jul-14 11:27:38

I always leave it out overnight in weather like this. Makes life easier, hang it out in the evening and bring it in the next evening.

echt Fri 04-Jul-14 12:08:35

I can't see the washing line from the house, so…er, it doesn't figure.

Rain is nature's fabric conditioner. grin

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