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Do you line dry your laundry?

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ktanne:
Line dry always - I don't even have a dryer any more, I used it so little - but then again, line drying is pretty easy in Perth!  (on Saturday afternoon, the first lot of washing was dry by the time I went to hang out the second lot... sometimes in summer, I dry things on racks inside, so they don't get too hot & stiff!! haha)

One of the things I hated about the UK was never being able to air dry my clothes (even on warm/ dry days, it always seemed a little too humid for clothes to dry properly).  I find dryers hard on both your clothes & your wallet, and I feel like your washing always smells a bit damp... 

sammycat:
Queenslander here.

I usually hang stuff outside. Actually I have no choice at the moment. Our dryer died just before we moved house recently and we haven't gotten around to replacing it yet. But when we did have a dryer I'd use it more than I should've, as I just couldn't be bothered hanging it all up. I especially hate hanging out dozens of small things like undies and socks. (I like to pair the socks up before hanging hence making it extra fiddly and time consuming).

I prefer the feel of towels from the dryer as they're softer.

This past winter was very wet and it was a real challenge getting things dry without a dryer. I have no idea why we didn't just go and buy a new one.  ::)

menley:
Living in the US (and growing up in humid Houston), line drying was indeed seen as something that you would only do if you were poor. If you put wet laundry on the wash, it'd likely still be damp days later due to the humidity!

Additionally, I had the same experience as iridaceae with apartments and homes in HOA areas that prohibit line-drying laundry.

Now, living in central Europe, our washer/dryer combo is a disaster, and while our landlord also provides a separate dryer, it is so low-powered that once I timed how long it took to dry a pair of jeans constantly in the dryer - it was 9 hours. That's ridiculous. So I bought a drying rack from IKEA that can hold something like 25 items, and I do laundry just before bed and put the items on the rack. In the morning, they're 95% dry, and I just toss them in the dryer for 15 minutes to get out the stiffness and that last bit of moisture.

Now that I've had that experience, I will definitely be doing the same when we return to the US, because I've noticed that the clothes just hold up better when they don't spend as much time in the dryer. It will have to be inside, though, because we will still have those same humidity issues.

A question for those who do line dry outside - doesn't it smell bad or get dirt or bird droppings on it? Whenever I've been outside there's sort of an undefinable "outside" smell that clings to my clothes, and we have so many birds and squirrels in our backyard in Texas that I wouldn't trust leaving my clothes out there, even if it were permitted by the HOA.

perpetua:
UK here. I tumble dry in the winter when it's too cold and damp to line dry (a new thing for me, I've only just bought one; before I used the clothes airer indoors but my flat is old and cold and it takes a couple of days for things to dry like that). In the summer I hang it outdoors. I'm certainly not going to spend money on running the tumble drier when the sun can do it for free! Electric is expensive here.

Katana_Geldar:
I've never had a problem with birds or small animals wherever I've hung up washing. Occasionally there are insects I find, small spiders and the like, but nothing more.

As for smells, the only smells I've noticed are maybe smoke if there's bush fires about, and sometimes you'd get ash if they were close but that would be it. And I probably wouldn't put my washing out if there were fires about anyway.

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