Pimp my laundry!
December 4, 2012 12:47 AM Subscribe
So, we just got a new tumble dryer because I just wasn't managing the laundry and getting it dry before it got musty, etc.
I have been preparing for the first wash and dry, and looking at all the labels, and hey presto, almost nothing can be tumble dried according to the labels. A pair of gym trousers can, a pair can't. A tshirt can, a tshirt can't. I haven't had a tumble dryer for years and years, and I am responsible for the household washing, so I'm now stressed about essentially still having the same problem. I'm almost inclined to try on the cold cycle, but M claims that will not dry the clothes.
But also, as I've become stressed about this yet again, the question arises: why can't I cope with this and why do I get stressed about it, when thousands upon millions of households manage just fine.
I have a sneaking suspicion that they don't. But I'm not very confident about my housewifely abilities, so I doubt myself there.
posted by LyzzyBee to home & garden (35 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I do:
2 of us but I go to the gym almost every day with thus probably 4-5 sets of trousers, top, bra and one heavy fleece per week additional. We change our clothes very regularly, anything next to the skin gets changed every day, apart from bras, otherwise they smell.
I do a wash about every 2-3 days
I do all washes except towels and sheets on a 40 degree wash to protect the clothes and save money. Towels and sheets go on a hot wash.
Drying: On the line in the summer, usually fine.
On rainy days / winter: on 2 airers in the warmest room in the house. One next to the rad has underwear, the other carefully spaced other clothes.
Even on a sunny winter day, it is not possible to dry anything in the garden, as it is north-facing and belongs to a tall house, thus there is no sun at all into the garden all day from mid-November, only a few hours before then. I have tried leaving clothes on the line (a whirligig) all day on a cold but sunny and windy day and they are sodden when I bring them in.
The problem with the airer in the house is that even with the heating on, which we don't like to have all the time, the clothes take ages to dry, and often smell slightly or vilely musty. I can't send M to work in smelly clothes and am ashamed if mine are, obviously.
I can get stuff dry if I put it on the radiators around the house. a this looks slummy, I feel, b this relies on the rads being on all the time, c clothes get lines on them from the radiator, d it makes the paint/plaster above the rad damp.
I don't like having the heating on a lot. I work from home, so it seems ridiculous to heat a whole house that we wouldn't be heating if I worked outside the house. I keep myself warm with a small low energy heater in my office. There is room for the airer in my room, which is also sunny, but only just, it would be jammed up against my chair and I would be working in a damp atmosphere. Having the heating on constant just to dry clothes seems wasteful and will be expensive.
a) what the hell can I do about this? Throw everything in the tumbler apart from wool and sports clothes (sports tops dry quickly anyway, that's fine)
b) do other people get stressed by this stuff or is it only me?
c) am I actually just doing this all wrong?