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Leaving washing out over night

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Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 15:58:57

I didn't get the memo so put the washing in the drier, went out and it was blazing sunshine all afternoon. Grr. Just put a wash on and realised I have to dry it. Not sure pegging out at five will dry it in the hour or two but as I think we're forecasted lovely hot weather this weekend I thought I'd just leave it overnight. Any reason this is not a good idea?

badRoly Fri 05-Jun-15 16:00:58

Apparently the world will end according to some but I left mine out last night and Armageddon hasn't hit Cornwall yet winkgrin

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 05-Jun-15 16:01:16

No reason at all, I do it all the time, makes the most of the early morning good weather. I often find it's dry by about 8am. In fact I'm going to stick another load in the WM now.

Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 16:10:45

I woke up to very heavy rain and then hail stones but I was more worried about insects all over the clothes confused.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 05-Jun-15 17:28:53

I routinely peg washing out at night. It'll still dry.

M neighbour does it now too.

dalmatianmad Fri 05-Jun-15 17:36:55

Don't know why but I think it's really lazy leaving washing out all night confused
However, my old Irish neighbours only puts hers out in the evening hmm

Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 17:39:20

Hardly lazy when it was only pegged out at 5pm and won't be dry.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 05-Jun-15 17:43:41

Well, since I posted I have indeed washed and hung out another load. I think it's more efficient use of time and good weather, not laziness. Never had an insect problem either.

Pancakeflipper Fri 05-Jun-15 18:07:18

I have accidentally left out washing before and the spiders were delighted, they loved it. Webs all over it.

Bunbaker Fri 05-Jun-15 18:08:37

I have left washing out overnight before. However, round here the sky has gone really dark so I have brought my washing in.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 05-Jun-15 18:09:28

I do it to avoid my neighbours lunchtime barby q, the grill stinks of rancid fat burning.


TheCowThatLaughs Fri 05-Jun-15 18:10:40

Someone I worked with was describing the horrific housekeeping habits of her neighbour, including "she leaves her washing out all night" I didn't know what to say. I often leave mine out. I didn't admit to it though for fear of being branded a slattern.

PoshPenny Fri 05-Jun-15 18:20:01

I think it goes back to the olden days when no respectable woman worked after marriage and kids and were expected to spend all day buffing and polishing the house and cooking their man a tasty meal for when he got home from work. Leaving your washing hanging out overnight indicated you were a lazy slattern and you were judged accordingly. Not so relevant in these days of womens emancipation when we are free to go out to work as well as do the housework, cooking and washing....

Sparklingbrook Fri 05-Jun-15 18:24:48

Nooo. It always smells funny if you leave it out at night.

Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 18:26:05

Blinking heck. It's dry already!!

rookiemere Fri 05-Jun-15 18:54:59

I often do it as not home until late afternoon and as in Scotland it takes a wee while to dry.

Mind you I seem to spend most of my time dashing out to rescue it when it starts raining unexpectedly, as not predicted in BBC weather forecast at all. Did I mention I lived in Scotland?

Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 18:59:42

grin. I can't believe mine has dried so quickly.

DeathMetalMum Fri 05-Jun-15 19:00:47

I put rowels out at 7pm last night as I went out yesterday before the cycle was finished. Brilliant dry washing when I brought it in at 8.30 this morning. I have recently become a convert to overnight on the line it takes days to dry in the house when the heating isn't on.

slicedfinger Fri 05-Jun-15 19:02:07

It's amazing when that happens, isn't it. I pegged out a load of school polo shirts at gone 5 yesterday, and they all dried!

slicedfinger Fri 05-Jun-15 19:02:54

Good god, I can't believe I just posted that. I am turning into my mother. I'm meant to be working. blush

Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 19:08:58

I was only saying to my husband today how our shopping is different now we have kids. Today was food, bath towels, kitchen knives. Used to be yummy treats, fancy pants, odd diamond....I'm officially old.

FlysInDreams Fri 05-Jun-15 19:14:17

Just about to put mine out grin

Sparklingbrook Fri 05-Jun-15 19:17:24

I am about to get mine in. Don't want any insects/cobwebs and it smelling funny. grin

Daffodilliesanddaisies Fri 05-Jun-15 19:26:06

Our washing machine is faulty and a cycle takes 5.5 hrs at the moment. If I'm not going to have time in the morning to peg it out before work I will put it out over night. Sometimes if I can't be bothered to get it in I leave it out and it's usually dry by the morning.

Justusemyname Fri 05-Jun-15 19:32:22

Daffodil, if it's faulty don't use it. Mine went badly wrong earlier in the week, cut out, cut off the power and when the power went back on it was burning and smelling. Could have burnt the house down. Five hours is ridiculous.

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