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Will my washing suffer from being rained on?

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Smurfgirl Wed 15-Jul-09 15:45:25

My mum was horrified when I mentioned I had washing out in the rain and she said I should re-wash. I usually bring in if its raining but this was a quickie rain shower and I was watching tv busy.

Will anything bad happen to my clothes if they get wet in the rain? My mum says that rain is dirty water so the clothes will get mucky again.

southeastastra Wed 15-Jul-09 15:46:14

really? i heard that rain water softened the washing.

alarkaspree Wed 15-Jul-09 15:51:06

I've always been surprised when people say they re-wash their washing when it's been rained on but lots of people do, apparently.

Rain starts as evaporated, i.e. pure, water. During the process of turning into droplets and falling from the sky it picks up impurities from the air. So by that logic you should also re-wash your clothes if they have been out in the air.

If your washing is completely soaked by rain, it's probably worth spinning it again in the machine, otherwise it will take a very long time to dry and might smell musty.

Smurfgirl Wed 15-Jul-09 15:53:59

It literally rained for 2 minutes and then was sunny and breezy again, it smells fine.

My mum thinks I am a slattern when it comes to laundry anyway so I think she has very high standards.

ItsAllaBitNoisy Wed 15-Jul-09 16:37:09

In Ireland, thats just the main rinse. grin

Notalone Wed 15-Jul-09 16:40:27

I usually leave mine out until it dries again - I have also found for some reason that really stubborn stains that refuse to budge on a 60 degree intensive wash often come out when clothes are rained on. If anyone knows the science behind this little fact I would love to hear it smile

dreamteamgirl Wed 15-Jul-09 16:46:52

I have found that again- always wondered if it is acid rain or something? smile

God, I would NEVER rewash clothes just cos they had been rained on!! Some people have to much time on their hands!!

OrmIrian Wed 15-Jul-09 16:54:08

No. The record in this house is 3 days I think including several natural rinse and dry cycles. Smelt v nice afterwards.

southeastastra Wed 15-Jul-09 16:58:09

ha notalone, maybe the staines are bleached out from the sun?

neversaydie Wed 15-Jul-09 18:23:14

Just an extra rinse so far as I am concerned.

Once out my washingi stays until it is dry - I really cannot be bothered with constant in and outing.

satonthesofa Wed 15-Jul-09 18:26:55

I also find that things need much less ironing after a 'special' rinse!

SparkyToo Wed 15-Jul-09 22:54:44

I don't worry about it too much either - though probably isn't the cleanest rain in London!!

ChristieF Fri 17-Jul-09 12:07:15

I don't think things need re-washing although we live near the sea not industrial area. If rain is good enough to water plants with why would it dirty clothes?

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