Friday, 11 July 2008

Winter Washing


One of my first posts on this blog was about washing. It was late summer or early spring and I was happily hanging out my washing outside and having it dry and ready to bring in at the end of the day. What a joy! The only thing I really really enjoy about summer is being able to do that LOL.

It's mid-winter here now and I'm still hanging out my washing. But now, it is pegged or folded over a clothes horse and placed over a heater vent. The picture above shows one of my three clothes horses. You can see the heater vent at the bottom. This window also faces west and so any afternoon sun comes streaming in, aiding in the drying process. It takes about a day and a half to dry. It seems winter laundry baskets are always full of washing that needs doing.

It is times like this I am sorely tempted to just throw what I can in the dryer! I hate using the dryer. The cost of electricity that it requires horrifies me. But I am starting to think I need to get on top of the washing that seems to be piling up LOL.

11 comments:

fmll said...

I can get mine dry throughout a day if I get them on the line in the morning. But then I normally forget and the next morning they're all damp again.

Yup, only great thing about summer is line dried sheets!

Tracy said...

I think in the suburbs I had more success. Where I live now there is just no dry air to be had. It is the one draw back of living in the hills I guess.

Terri said...

I do the same thing in the winter and it does take a bit longer but certainly saves on electricity!

flmom said...

That's a familiar sight in my house no matter the time of year! We have a variety of issues that prevent us from drying laundry outdoors. I only put bedding and towels in the dryer. It makes an incredible difference on the electric bill!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I would so much like to get in the habit of hanging my laundry out to dry (and it's summer here, so I should). Of course, I'm the sort of person who would forget I'd hung the laundry out, only to remember at 11 p.m., decide to get it in the morning, and wake up at 3 a.m. to the sound of a roaring storm flinging my intimate apparel across the garden ...sigh.

Tina said...

I think that's a great idea! I hang my clothes horse in front of the radiators during winter too, to save money.

You have to be careful not to have too much of a damp atmosphere in the home though...it can make mould appear and can be unhealthy if it's too damp too often. I'm sure you know all this!

Love, Tina :)

Tracy said...

I've never had a problem with mold Tina. Our house is probably large enough, that to have two clothes horses in two completely different areas is absolutely no problem.

In any case, it's nice to know we're not the only ones whose house looks a little like a Chinese laundry at times LOL.

Our Red House said...

I love the feel of washing dried outside, and we usually dry it in winter on an airer over one of the heating vents. However, with the house full of painters and boxes I have been using the dryer more often than usual lately (it used to live in the garage we used it so rarely).

Kate

Rel said...

I have actually hung some towels outside today! Here's hoping the sun hangs around a bit :)

Fi said...

lol!!! This is such a familiar sight. We have four of these and in winter they are constantly in use. We do not own a clothes drier, so it is clothes airers all the way. In summer, I often have them sitting in the middle of the back yard to handle the excess that doesn't fit on the line.

Tracy said...

We're lucky that way Fi. I have enough line space outside to fit 5 or 6 loads...not enough pegs, but enough line!