Am I the only one who spends so much time shuffling washing about to get it dry?

(31 Posts)
grants1000 Tue 05-Feb-13 17:17:12

I feel like all I do is shuffle washing about the house to get it dry! No yumble dryer, don't have the heating on all day every day as that would be joke expensive. I have a Sheila Made but not everthing fits on and dries in time for the next lot, with two boys who are muddy from school every day. Otherwise it just sits there in a suspended state of animation, neither wet nor dry. Can't go outside obvs and I havea drying rack, but it could be days before its dry, so I shuffle from the drying rack to the Sheila Made to the radiotors when on and have just realised I must spend so much time doing this, what am I doing wrong, beside having no tumble dryer, even just for the pants, socks, towels, bedding etc.

So bored of the wash.

alemci Wed 06-Feb-13 15:43:31

You can put it out if it is bright and windy but otherwise it is more hassle than it is worth. last week i pegged out towels as it looked bright and sunny then suddenly it tipped it down but then it was dry again so eventually they dried.

Mintberry Wed 06-Feb-13 15:32:12

Hi OP, am in the same situation as you but find that as long as it isn't below about 5 degrees with no wind that they do dry outside, they just take longer. I have some outside drying as we speak.
But our flat has a damp problem, so I don't want to add to it by drying clothes indoors.
In the colder months I find they can smell a bit dodgy as well if you dry them inside because we don't want the windows open letting the blizzard in air circulate with a little person living here!

derektheladyhamster Wed 06-Feb-13 14:54:05

I have a small tumble dryer, all underwear (I only have m&s cottons grin) goes in, as does anything that can be tumble dried. It's dry within 35-40 mins. The rest goes on a clothes horse and because it's not full it's dry with 24 hrs.
The heating isn't on all day.

On dry winter days, towels/bedding/shirts are hung outside to dry.

I can't stand having washing hanging around the house.

SCOTCHandWRY Wed 06-Feb-13 14:44:00

Average cost to run a dehumidifier in a room to dry laundry is about 76 pounds a year, average cost to dry in a tumble dryer for a year is 85 pounds.... With the dryer you can leave most of it un ironed.

Dehumidifiers cost more to run than you think, they are not the cheap option! Per hour they cost less, but take longer to dry the washing iykwim.

An A rated modern tumbler will dry a load for 14-20p, depending on what type of clothes you are drying.... A Lakeland type heated drying rack will dry a load of washing for.... 14p!!!!

It costs about 20p an hour to iron with a steam iron, now maybe I am a rubbish ironer, but it takes me longer to iron a load of line dried washing in the summer than to tumble dry and fold it straight into the drawers, tho I do have an washing machine with 1600 spin which helps a lot grin

What I am trying to say is - there is such a lot of anti tumble dryer sentiment, some of the solutions are no cheaper and more importantly IMO take up time and space and are a lot of faff for no real gain (other than the ability to smugly say I don't use a dryer they are SO environmentally unsound shock).

Why make life difficult for yourselves if you have the space for one?!

<puts on newly tumble dried, unironed flame proof suit>

BoffinMum Wed 06-Feb-13 11:57:51

Clas Ohlsen do a heated airer that's cheaper than Lakeland's.

grants1000 Wed 06-Feb-13 09:39:41

Yes I am thinking tumble dryer for my birthday in March, seriously, it would make me so happy to do the sheets, bedding, towels, pants and socks, nearly dry the school shirts and hang them up to finish off no ironing. I have just battled with a large duvet cover over two breakfast bar type stools and it pisses me right off. It could be tumbling away now, getting all dry, warm and soft............

I'm really not a big fan of dryers! About 2/3 of our stuff says not to tumble dry, and having had things damaged in the past (they shrink, or unnoticed leather patches shrink and crack, or they go wrinkly) I tend to follow the instructions on this.

reliablemillipede Tue 05-Feb-13 22:54:20

Would also suggest getting a tumble dryer!, you will find the space to put it if need be !, my friend had hers in the garden shed for years before she renovated her kitchen, they are really not that expensive to buy, ok, running costs have to be taken into consideration, but I can honestly say I would rather do without my bed than my dryer !

We rarely tumble dry or put things on radiators, it all goes on the Sheila Maid. Any overflow goes on a rack over the bath, and in the rare event that that is full we have a foldout rack. Most things dry in 24 hours, teatowels etc. much less and jeans etc. may take longer.

Where is your Sheila Maid? Ours is above the stair which is actually a brilliant place as all the heat from the house goes up there. smile

DeathMetalMum Tue 05-Feb-13 20:30:47

Hang up important items on a coathanger on the curtain rail in front of a window with an open trickle vent upstairs is better as heat rises. I have discovered this this winter and has been very helpfull. Dp's large t-shirts go here as they take up lots of space some are quite thick most are dry by the end of the night others the next morning. (We do have a curtain pole without curtains on atm as recently moved and there were blinds installed as well as a curtain pole but kept it up for this reason.)

Yamyoid Tue 05-Feb-13 20:01:56

Dehumidifier helps and I use the dryers in the launderette for towels and bedding.

SCOTCHandWRY Tue 05-Feb-13 19:57:51

Buy a tumble dryer, no I mean really ! They are not as expensive to run as you might think.

If you dry on a rack without a dehumidifier it's not great for your Health, a dehumidifier is a good idea from that pov, but rack and line dried clothes tend to need a lot of ironing, and an iron is a very energy hungry thing!

I worked out once, that the energy taken to dry an 8kg load with my dryer was approximately the same as drying it outside then ironing it all with a steam iron.

I'd rather tumble and not iron grin of course if you don't tumble, and don't iron either you'll be quids in!

DorisIsWaiting Tue 05-Feb-13 19:49:07

We bought a dehumidifier, I do 4 ish, washes on a saturday hang them on the curtain rails and over an airer in one room, then stick the dehumidifier on for the day. They are usually dry in under 12 hours and the room doesn't gets damp either!

bran Tue 05-Feb-13 19:48:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

holidaysdistantmemory Tue 05-Feb-13 19:43:50

Me too, another job before going to work is to move the washing onto the freed up radiators. Tedious. No dryer here, and heating on for bare minimum. Have airing cupboard but full of boxes with dry towels, bedding etc. Have a fear of damp. I try to open the windows upstairs whilst having my brekkie, bit of air around helps. Put my sheets on the washing line yesterday for the first time this winter, used loads of pegs, got home from shops and there was such a gust that they were in a tree next door, grgggg! Serves me right for trying.

KindleMum Tue 05-Feb-13 19:29:57

I always put my washing through an extra spin cycle after it's washed. Gets more water out of it so it then dries quicker. I really notice the difference and I figure it must be tons cheaper than a tumble dryer.

Beamae Tue 05-Feb-13 19:27:29

We have been saved by our cheapo dehumidifier from Argos. In a room with the door closed without heating the washing is almost dry overnight.

coldcupoftea Tue 05-Feb-13 19:23:22

You need a lakeland heated airer- I got one after seeing it recommended on here, now 3 of my friends have them too! Seriously, MN should get a sponsorship deal, they are mentioned on here so much...

I used to do this until I got a Lakeland heated airer. I love it and we have our dining room (previously decorated in drying clothes) back.

PixieHot Tue 05-Feb-13 18:05:18

I love my Lakeland heated airer and my dehumidifier. Washing actually dries now grin.

cyanarasamba Tue 05-Feb-13 17:59:24

If you can find space for a dehumidifier in the room where your clothes airer is I'd recommend one. I put mine on for 2 hours after hanging up the wet things and its all dry next day.

smable Tue 05-Feb-13 17:55:55

I find the best way is that anything that can go on hangers is hung on the curtain poles and everything else on the airer obviously it's not the best look hanging wet clothes in the window but with 4 kids it's the only way

grants1000 Tue 05-Feb-13 17:54:51

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/21736/Dry-Soon-3-Tier-Heated-Tower-Airer

Maybe I need this?

grants1000 Tue 05-Feb-13 17:49:36

Outside? It's been like living in a snow globe today!

And if I put washing out then went to work all day/to a meeting and it rained, I'd be back to square one. It's no problem in the Summer as have a good sized garden. I have a utlity room with the boiler in it but it still takes an age to dry, all layered out, no overlap etc etc. All that faff of turning them over etc etc bores me. Don't have an airing cupboard either, I would do it we ever got the main bathroom done. Plus in the summer the boys are in shorts which don't need washing everyday like now with their muddy school trousers and jumpers, I think they roll in it. I could get another airer for the main bathroom, maybe.

Acandlelitshadow Tue 05-Feb-13 17:49:27

The only weather mine gets its indoor shoes for is rain. It then comes inside to go on airers in the bathroom and dries by the next day although to be fair it's often helped on its way by having the heating on this time of year. I very rarely tumble dry and it smells great. It's even been drying outside the last day or two. Summer is icumen in grin

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