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wantoscreamatwashingpile Thu 22-Dec-16 21:30:28

Hi I hope this is the right place to ask.

I'm the only person who does the washing and am struggling to get everything washed and dried etc.

We have a tumble drier but everytime I put it on, vent out of the window, it gets turned off and window shut. It's non-stop rain here so washing line isn't really an option.

It's got the point I've put it on tonight and put the vent into the sink as we have no clean towels left and I can't cope with the amount of washing.

I've then been shouted at as there's condensation in the kitchen - well yes, but when I have the window open it get's shut instantly, and I don't know if it's me being dense or if it's that I'm upset about other things, but I just feel like crying. I feel like I can't do anything right. Does anyone else ever feel like this, or am I just rubbish?

Itsjustaphase84 Thu 22-Dec-16 21:34:59

I use maidens. Sp? Against the radiator, thicker clothes on the actual radiator. I rotate the maiden every several hours and and I don't complete one washing load until the other is dry. I also make sure I use good smelling detergent /conditioner to avoid it smelling of wet dog.
I tend to dry in bed rooms and use a bath towel more than once. Not sure how I've managed so far. I hate that awful wet dog damp smell. No its not the dog!!

RhinestoneCowgirl Thu 22-Dec-16 21:37:00

Who is shutting the window?

dementedpixie Thu 22-Dec-16 21:40:59

Tell the arsehole who keeps shutting the window to stop doing it or they won't be getting any of their clothes washed again!!. We don't have a tumble dryer so ours are dried on clothes airers in a spare room

qwertyuiopasdfghjkl Thu 22-Dec-16 21:44:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Puzzledbubbles Thu 22-Dec-16 21:45:07

I find small loads more often works for us in winter, it means I can spread everything over the radiators so that Most of it dries in one evening when we are home.

The clothes dries with the bag over are on Groupon at the moment if that helps?

Or just don't let anyone else in the kitchen smile

specialsubject Thu 22-Dec-16 21:53:02

I don't think this is a washing problem, is it?

wantoscreamatwashingpile Thu 22-Dec-16 22:11:33

Thank you so much for the replies, it's so nice of you all.

It's my dad who's shutting the window. He won't let the radiators be on so I can't use them to get things dry.

I try and get the washing and drying done when he's out of the house but I do unsociable hours and so I'm struggling.

I bought a dehumidifier, do you think if I bought a big drying rack and put that next to it it would suck them dry? Sorry, I can't think of a better way of describing it!

I sound awful, I just don't know what to do! I try to not use the tumble drier, but I just can't think of another option this time of year, and I wouldn't have left the window shut but I thought that maybe that was the problem. I just feel I can't do right for doing wrong.

NeedATrim Thu 22-Dec-16 22:13:58

There's no heating in your house, op,?

wantoscreamatwashingpile Thu 22-Dec-16 22:16:14

There's an electric heater in each bedroom, but not in the rest of the house no

TroysMammy Thu 22-Dec-16 22:18:17

Do you have a launderette nearby? Take your washing, some ear plugs and a book and sit in the warmth and watch your smalls dry.

FoxSticks Thu 22-Dec-16 22:20:10

What about a heated airer from Lakeland. They are expensive but do the trick.

BelafonteRavenclaw Thu 22-Dec-16 22:23:19

Another vote for the heated Lakeland stand. We had one and it worked a treat. And it kept our room warm.

MrsPatterson2014 Thu 22-Dec-16 22:27:24

Second the laundrette suggestion. Appreciate that you may not be close to one. I don't have a tumble dryer so often leave bedding and towels in to be dried. Easy for me though as laundrette is just round the corner.

Thundercake Thu 22-Dec-16 22:33:08

Dehumidifiers are really really expensive to run but would definitely dry your clothes. Sounds a bit like a Cinderella situation, all ok otherwise?

thisisbloodyridiculous Thu 22-Dec-16 23:59:28

thundercake our dehumidifier has been on all day today and cost us less than 10p... and it's dried 4 loads of washing.

Op use your dehumidifier definitely!

Thundercake Fri 23-Dec-16 10:03:59

Stand corrected. Honestly thought they cost about £5 an hour to run.

thisisbloodyridiculous Fri 23-Dec-16 23:56:12

Ours is a 2 month old Ecoair one so older models will probably be less efficient!

mypropertea Sat 24-Dec-16 14:20:50

Can you put a vent through the wall for the dryer? Or get one that goes into a tank?

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