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Trouble drying clothes?

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Trouble drying clothes?

Postby gayleygoo » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:16 am

Anyone else having a nightmare getting clothes dry? One of our two clotheshorses broke over the Summer and I haven't got round to replacing it, and one wash of clothes has been hanging on it since Saturday, still not dry! In fact, they're now starting to smell a bit funky :-? I can't possibly wash them again, I've got four washing baskets overflowing as it is, waiting to be washed but with nowhere to dry them. Cloth nappies are impossible, they stink before they dry.

Trouble is, we haven't got heating oil in yet to heat the house and dry stuff, and it's just not cold enough to light the fire either. I've been opening windows to let the fresh air in but I don't think it makes a difference if it's damp air :roll: and to top it off the house is starting to stink of damp clothes drying about the house, and the smelly piles of washing. No amount of insense or essential oils seems to help and I hate walking into my house from outside.

I'm purposely not washing DH's uniform so when he asks why he's got nothing to wear I can explain it's the lack of heat to dry anything, so washing is limited :twisted: In fact, severely limited today as he seems to have taken the fuse out of the washing machine :-? So, apart from ironing and hairdrying our clothes dry each morning, anything else I can try?

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby Shaunie » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:22 am

What about one of those plug in heated airers? I was thinking of getting one for the towels in the bathroom because they're not getting dry fast enough & starting to smell.

I do use my tumble dryer occasionally to bridge the gap between nice outside drying weather & using the over radiator airers for drying in the winter so not much help with no heating on yet like here!

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby Louise » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:24 am

Get one of these - http://www.lakeland.co.uk/21736/Dry-Soo ... ower-Dryer

Its a lifesaver for me. It holds the nappy wash and 1 or 2 other loads depending whether its the children's clothes or ours.

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby babyroo » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:26 am

I hate this time of year when it's too damp outside but the heating isn't on. I am thinking about one of the airers Louise suggested.

Last year we bought a dehumidifier which did help with getting stuff dry faster.

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby Rox » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:32 am

If your washing is going smelly and its not drying then i would light the fire - even if its only for a short time, shove the clothes in *safe* distance of it and it should help it along, just a bit of dry air in the room will help dry them off, you dont need to keep it on to dry them totally.

Dont forget to turn your clothes too, help them dry quicker.

Also, dont forget... if its not raining shove your airer outside, the breeze will dry them faster too - even if its not warm. Apparently my granny used to hang hers out all year round, if the pavements are drying off, your clothes will too she used to say.

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby Rox » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:34 am

babyroo wrote:I hate this time of year when it's too damp outside but the heating isn't on. I am thinking about one of the airers Louise suggested.

Last year we bought a dehumidifier which did help with getting stuff dry faster.


:giggle: its not? ours has been on/off all year - summer skipped us. We have been back onto 'timer' heating for several weeks now, the fire will get lit soon (coal) and then that'll be on everyday until Feb

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby babyroo » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:37 am

Rox wrote:
babyroo wrote:I hate this time of year when it's too damp outside but the heating isn't on. I am thinking about one of the airers Louise suggested.

Last year we bought a dehumidifier which did help with getting stuff dry faster.


:giggle: its not? ours has been on/off all year - summer skipped us. We have been back onto 'timer' heating for several weeks now, the fire will get lit soon (coal) and then that'll be on everyday until Feb


:hohoho: :hohoho: you need to move down south then :D i was hoping to keep it off for as long as possible this year to save money, but hubby will have different ideas and our log-burner has broken so it's unlikely

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby Louise » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:40 am

babyroo wrote:
Rox wrote:
babyroo wrote:I hate this time of year when it's too damp outside but the heating isn't on. I am thinking about one of the airers Louise suggested.

Last year we bought a dehumidifier which did help with getting stuff dry faster.


:giggle: its not? ours has been on/off all year - summer skipped us. We have been back onto 'timer' heating for several weeks now, the fire will get lit soon (coal) and then that'll be on everyday until Feb


:hohoho: :hohoho: you need to move down south then :D i was hoping to keep it off for as long as possible this year to save money, but hubby will have different ideas and our log-burner has broken so it's unlikely


Yep, you definitely need to move where its warmer. :lol: No heating on here yet either, am hoping it will be off until November.

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Re: Trouble drying clothes?

Postby Bluebell » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:42 am

I've noticed our clothes are taking longer to dry too, I think because the weather has got cooler but we haven't got the heating on yet. We now have 2 airers for nappies instead of 1 as we need to wash most days now we have 2 in cloth and they're taking more than a day to dry.

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