Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Drying Laundry!

I'd say about seven eighths of this laundry dried today, despite the remaining snow! The remaining eighth was frozen when I brought it in after taking this shot. Here's the rest of the laundry, on the balcony indoors, which gets lots of heat rising from the wood fire and the oil stove. We are very lucky in being able to dry things 'naturally' all year round.
How do you dry your laundry? Do you have any favourite methods, or "do"s and "don't"s?

24 comments:

TheMadHouse said...

I have loved this last week as I can line dry again. Sun shine and line dried clothes make my heart sing. In the winter I hang where every I can!!

Lululiz said...

I fess up, I use a condenser dryer here in England. We only have a tiny garden and with the rather large dogs, it would be inviting disaster if I tried to dry it on a line outside. France is a different matter, the garden is huge. I don't have a dryer there, so everything gets dried outside. And there is nothing like the lovely smell of laundry when it comes in from the garden.

Sherri B. said...

Floss, you know this supbject is near and dear to my heart. I love seeing every sort of clothsline and believe anywhere the clothes can dry is fine by me. Thanks so much for sharing your line with us.

Maria said...

I'm sure I once read somewhere that hanging washing out when it is frosty brightens your whites ! No wonder I forget things, my mind is awash with useless information !

melanie said...

I love to dry ours outside, you can not beat the smell of line dried washing. If I can not dry it out, due to weather, I simply use the tumble, though for things like jumpers ect.., I let them drip dry. :) xxx

Kissed by an Angel said...

We line dry in the summer and tumble dry in the winter!!! I prefer the tumble dryer - softer towels!!! Naughty me!!!
xxxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything goes in the dryer, except for some lingerie. Outside clothes lines are not permitted where I live. It would not be safe to hang laundry outside here anyway, due to many trees with birds and squirrels. I really prefer using a dryer, as everthing is softer.

~Tonja~ said...

Hi Floss...Oh I love the smell of clothes that have been drying out in the fresh air...
Just want to let you know also that my sweet package arrived today...thank you so very much for all the sweet goodies and the extra goodies too...I love it all...I just loved how you wrapped it all up...how cute is that...Have a Blessed day...
Sweet Blessings...
Tonja

Andi's English Attic said...

After nearly 22 years of marriage I took delivery of my first tumble dryer last autumn. It's been used a lot since then and I no longer have to hang damp clothes on airers all around the kitchen. I like the smell and warmth of the laundry room when the dryer is on. Weird, eh? The turnaround of clean clothes is faster, too.
I line dry when weather permits and emergency 'non-dryer' items are dried on the Aga over night. xx

Isobel said...

Hi Floss!
I do love to dry my clothes outside, now that I finally have a drying lne all for myself it will be a lot easier when summer comes. I have a wash-dryer machine and I can tell you it really helped when Joe-Joe was born as it was in the middle of winter.
xx

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Vintave tumble dryer at the mo - my rotary dryer has fallen apart during the heavy snow and I am set for a new one, may try a straight line this time, I too love the smell of laundry dried outside but our garden is North facing so it doesn't dry well - I sometimes drape it over bushes as I have seen them do in Africa and it dries quicker than the rotary!

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

Hi Floss, I dry on the line when possible. Although I try to bring them in and finish them off in the tumble dryer. The washing comes out softer unless a really breezy day. The dryer also saves on ironing. I don't mind ironing though, I find it quite therapeutic. I always iron tea towels no matter where I have dried them - they seem to dry the dishes better after an iron! SueXX P.S. Do you remember that daft post I did about making my family put their clothes on straight from the dryer and run around to save on ironing?

mise said...

I dry children's dresses on the Velux windows - they look so sweet there, hanging on their hangers from the opening bar, and dry beautifully in the sun.

Thecraftytrundler said...

I like to hang my washing out. there is nothing nicer than fresh, wind dried washing!! In the winter, I have to tumble dry for a while, but will hang out every chance I get!! I love pretty peg bags too, one of my other makes!
Just to let you know, Floss, but I have just posted about the lovely magazine I have received from Luisa, in the ' No frills swap'. Sorry it's taken so long, but I got there in the end!! Thanks for a great swap : )

Sharon xx

Sarah said...

I have three loads on the line drying nicely in the sun as I type. The best thing about summer for me, is the way washing is so easy to dry. Really it gets me so excited. Is that sad or what?!!

Kelly said...

I'm a naughty girl! Because of my shift work I want instant results so often bung what I can in the dryer! Lucky for me my lovely Dad bought me a large American top loader washing macine and matching dryer so I don't get too many wrinkles and can do loads at once!
I do try to line dry in the summer when I'm around though :)

*Ulrike* said...

Oh I love the sunshine on my clothes! I guess that is why my dryer has lasted 24 years, and my daughter is using that one now. Even when it is so cold outside and some may be frozen on the line that when I drape the laundry about inside the whole house will smell fresh. Rainy days are bummer days, so I try to hold off if I can for the sun for that great smell!

Joy said...

My electric dryer. I love it. I grew up hanging clothes on the line. I don't put bras or my husbands socks in the dryer. I hang them in my laundry room to dry.
Our community won't allow us to have outside clothes lines, or I would probably try it sometimes.
♥ Joy

Juanita Tortilla said...

Well Floss, unfortunately for me, I have a scheduled wash day to use the communal wash room downstairs, in the basement of the building. I also have no garden to speak of.

There hardly is any good ventilation down in the basement, so we rely on the dryer.
Although, during summer, I do hang out my wash in the balcony for a good sunning and quick dry.

In an ideal situation, I would love to have a space to naturally dry my laundry, like yours! It makes perfect sense to make use of all that heat that is coming up from the stove and wood fire.

Elizabethd said...

I only use my drier if I really have to. I much prefer to have clothes dried in the wind and the sun, smelling of fresh air!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Finally Spring is arriving... and so all the clothes can dry outside again! Just love the scent of fresh air!! Have a great day!

A Country Girl said...

I line dry as much as possible but dry a lot indoors too, hanging froma high kitchen ceiling or a clothes horse in the boiler cupboard. It gets finished off draped over radiators. I love not having washing all around the house though so love 'a good drying day' as my mum would say!
Tumble dryer is an absoulute last resort.

CraftyHelen said...

Hi Floss - I dry outside whenever possible, and have a long line plus a rotary drier. When the sun shines I wash everything in site! On a wet day it hangs on an airer in the laundry room.xx

Polka Dot Daze said...

Hi Floss, I am pretty fanatical about getting clothes dried naturally. But I have to admit now I have three kids I have had to surrender to the drier more often. Although once I got rid of the guilt, it's actually quite liberating to use it (every now and then), because I used to pretty much refuse to use it.