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What do you do with your wet washing when it's raining and the heating is off?

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Worried123456 Tue 22-Oct-13 10:55:40

The energy hikes sound terrifying so I know I must use the drier less. What do you do with the washing though? I could put it on the radiators but they are off?! Is it cheaper to turn the heating on then use the drier? Or do I get an airer and just wait for it to dry? The house isn't very warm (but I have a jumper on!) so it would take rather a while!?

DameDeepRedBetty Tue 22-Oct-13 10:58:46

It would take a couple of days to dry if the weather's the same as here today!

I would have thought the drier would be more efficient than turning the heating on, all the heat is being used on the clothes rather than some going round the house.

TheCrumpetQueen Tue 22-Oct-13 10:59:58

I would use the dryer

Ruprekt Tue 22-Oct-13 11:01:52

Launderette without hesitation. I can get 3 loads dried in 45 mins for £2.20! smile

RedPencils Tue 22-Oct-13 11:02:03

Anything that hangs on a hanger I hook over doors. Creases drop out quite well too
An airer for stuff that's too small for hangers (DCs clothes mostly)
Towels, bed linen thrown over the bannister
We have had our radiators on for a couple of hours a day so I have airers which sit on them for socks and undies.

Most stuff takes a day to dry

My next door neighbour puts washing out every single day so long as its not raining. So long as there's a bit if wind it will dry eventually.

evertonmint Tue 22-Oct-13 11:05:24

I have one of those old fashioned pulley ceiling airers and things dry much quicker on that than on a normal floor standing airer. And the laundry is off the floor and out of the way so you don't mind it taking a little while to dry anyway. Genius product!

EuroStar2013 Tue 22-Oct-13 11:07:55

"What do you do with your wet washing when it's raining and the heating is off?"

Well at least if you cry all over it it won't get any wetter.

I do as red pencils does - and iron as soon as it's dry enough

holidaysarenice Tue 22-Oct-13 11:08:53

I don't wash it until the rain stops!

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 22-Oct-13 11:10:05

I'ms ure it's cheaper to turn the drier on. And healthier for you too without all that moisture in the house.

We have a conservatory and just hang them all in there, windows open and doors closed to the rest of the house. Best use of the conservatory in winter months grin

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 22-Oct-13 11:11:16

Oh and it takes two days to dry in the conservatory. I guess it'd be similar inside the house. Our heating is off as well.

UsedToBeNDP Tue 22-Oct-13 11:11:20

I use the tumble drier

slightlygoostained Tue 22-Oct-13 11:17:24

Could you do half & half and get it part-dried on the airer then a quick go in dryer to finish off if you need to get the next load done? Don't have a dryer here, so will try to get it out for a few hours then bring in to finish off if it's showery (obviously can't do that at the mo as rain is continuous) - makes a big difference.

I also try to make sure heavy slow drying stuff gets done on any good drying days. If we don't have to wash e.g. jeans & towels, then they can wait a few days till they can dry outside.

Also, make sure it has enough room to dry properly - better to have some stuff properly dry & ready to put away than all of it still a bit damp.

shelley72 Tue 22-Oct-13 11:17:55

I'm having this problem too. Have had clothes over airer for two days now and they're still not dry. I do at least one load a day. At the moment I have caved and put the tumble dryer on and just switched the heating on for an hour to see if I can get that and this morning's load dry before I put another wash on.

Last night I ordered a heated airer from Lakeland so will be interested to see if that makes a difference.. We don't have much space, and I am getting fed up of damp washing in the living room. It's going to be a long cold winter.

ArthurCucumber Tue 22-Oct-13 11:22:35

We've got the same problem. Today, I've got a load on the airer and am hoisting the fecker in and out the back door in between showers to avoid too much condensation.

waikikamookau Tue 22-Oct-13 11:22:50

I don't like a tumber dryer - it shrinks the clothes. I put washing on the line every day. and get angry at the rain.

Worried123456 Tue 22-Oct-13 11:34:28

Thank you for all the replies! I have put anything I have that will go on a hanger, hanging in the airing cupboard, put the towels on a rather makeshift washing line DH once strung up to dry our tent in the garage and put the smaller bits into the drier for a short zap.

Am v interested in the Lakeland airer, Shelley72-can you do a review for us when it arrives!?

Bluecarrot Tue 22-Oct-13 11:43:26

I've washing that's been drying for 4 days now! We recently purchased a drier but only used it for towels and bedding so far. Most of our clothes say don't tumble dry on them, so have decided to switch heating on for a few hours today to get them to dry faster.

aaaahyouidiot Tue 22-Oct-13 11:44:41

We have a small bathroom and the only heating in it a storage heater. I bought a dehumidifier and I put all the clothes on airers, even standing one in the bath. Smalls get hung on one of those pound shop multi hanger things. Storage heater on. Then I shut the dehumidifier in there overnight. Dry clothes by morning smile

aaaahyouidiot Tue 22-Oct-13 11:46:00

But yes, I use the outside line all year round. You just need to be careful when it snows because snow+heavy wet washing=buggered washing line grin

Dogonabeanbag Tue 22-Oct-13 11:46:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BjorksNorks Tue 22-Oct-13 11:47:00

I've bought an Ebac dehumidifier, the washing is on the airer, heating off and the clothes are dry enough to just finish off in tumble dryer after a day or two depending on how thick the item is. It's amazing how much water it sucks out of the air.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 22-Oct-13 11:48:39

bluecarrot I tumble dry clothes that says not to tumble dry. Same with washing everything in a normal cycle when it says delicate or hand wash only. I reckon clothes are cheap enough to not worry.

Also, another thing I do in winter is to tumble dry the sheets and towels first before resorting to tumble drying the clothes too. (We need to do a load every other day, so even with a conservatory, sometimes things don't dry fast enough in winter).

usualsuspect Tue 22-Oct-13 11:48:56

I just put mine on an airer, open the window in that room and shut the door.

usualsuspect Tue 22-Oct-13 11:51:25

I use radiator dryers for the stuff I need to dry quickly.

Even if the heatings only on for a short time, they tend to dry over night.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 22-Oct-13 11:57:53

Towels you have to put in the dryer, they will take forever otherwise with no heat of any kind.

People have said on threads like these before that a dehumidifier works very well and dries washing out pretty quickly - and is cheaper than running the drier or the heating.

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