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I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Drying washing on rainy days

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Until I found the blogging world, and began reading about the lives of other people all around the world....I never realised just how many people use a dryer for drying their clothes. Clothes dryers are very expensive to run....I thought it was normal to hang your washing on the line to let the sun dry it. I understand now that some people really do need a dryer.....

But this is what we do when it rains day after day.......

We have a few mobile clothes lines which I hang our washing on under the back veranda; between my back door and mums front door....This is actually a mixture of ours and mum's washing. 

We also hang washing in the garage with permanent ropes tied in the rafters. The rope is tall enough to even hang sheets and towels.
If it gets too cold to dry the washing outside on the veranda....we then bring the clothes lines inside and in winter they go in the rooms that are being heated by our gas heater. 

Clothes dryers are sooooo expensive, and while I am trying to cut down on our power usage, there's no way I'm planning to use my dryer.....Oh, and I would also have to empty all the glass jars out of it first....lol

Do you use a dryer all the time to dry your clothes? 
Is there somewhere you can hang your clothes without using the dryer? 


  1. we were so lucky to have a clothes line already installed under the eaves when we moved in. We have not owned a dryer for three years now and don't miss it. well - once when we had guests from overseas and their laundry didn't dry and they had to take home damp clothes :)

  2. I have two clothes airers and a 3mtr hanging line in my laundry. On rainy days I put each load in the dryer for 10minutes to get it partially dry before I hang it all in the laundry. There are 10 of us but 1 has recently moved out. I can't let the washing build up as it takes too long to catch up on it all. I find that by drying it partially it will be dry by the next day ready for the next lot of washing.

  3. I do both line-drying and machine-drying, depending on the weather. When it's very humid, I have to use the dryer to be sure clothes get totally dry, or they will smell musty and I end up having to wash them all over again...not much of a savings there! But I've always loved the smell of line-dried clothes and sheets, so I do that whenever possible.

  4. I am so lucky to have an extendable line under our high set home that gets lots of wind.
    No harsh sun on me when hanging out clothes.
    No having to race to get clothes off the line when it rains.
    I do use the dryer in the Monsoon season when necessary and sometimes to fluff the towels up before hanging them out. My dryer is getting old and tired but I'm hoping it will keep on for a while yet.

  5. Machine-drying all the time seems to be a very American thing, although it's starting to take hold here in Australia. Not a good trend!

    We have a few clothes airers that we put on the covered deck during wet weather, and bring inside at night. In winter we put these in front of the slow-combustion heater, and they dry very quickly.

    The rest of the time, we use the good ol' Hills Hoist. Those things seem to last forever, and do their job perfectly well. Newer fancy outdoor clothes lines only last 10 years or so before they corrode or break!

  6. Oh, forgot to mention, we do have a machine dryer. We use it when something needs drying quickly (a school uniform or a work shirt), and sometimes use it just to finish off clothes that haven't quite gotten fully dry on the clothes rack during long periods of rain. We don't use it much, though.

  7. I didn't want a dryer due to the expense but here in the subtropics it can get so humid when there is no sunshine - clothes just will not dry fast enough and they start to smell horrible. Took 2 years but I finally gave in and bought one after all that January rain here on the Mid North Coast :( Dreading the bills and hoping for more sunshine!

  8. We don't own a dryer so I have no choice. Which for the most part doesn't bother me.
    I don't have anywhere where I can hung up some lines under cover in this house. I did in my last house and I loved it.
    But I have found if I stick to my one load a day I can usually get our clothes dried in two days inside if I rotate the clothes properly. I have a system too hard to explain lol.
    I wouldn't mind having a dryer just for those times when it all gets a bit too much, but I know that I wouldn't be disciplined enough to only limit the use.
    If worse comes to worse I can always bundle everything up and take to the laudry mat anyways.
    Nothing better than lined dried sheets though!

  9. cant remember the last time we used our dryer, glad i'm not the only one that uses it to store clean jars and plastic containers that i want to reuse :)

  10. We currently do use a dryer in winter although I'm certain that we could rig up a system in the basement that would work to hang the washing over those snowy months. Our electric bill has just nearly DOUBLED (not from usage, but from cost of power rising), so I'm pretty motivated to stop using it if I can avoid it.

    We currently line dry for approximately 6 months of the year and love it - in fact, it's one of my favourite chores!

  11. I do both. First I run the clothes through the dryer for a few minutes, then pull out the lightweight stuff that has de-wrinkled and put it on a rack in the bathtub or on hangers on the shower rod to finish drying. Then I run the dryer a few more minutes and repeat. I just let the sheets finish in the dryer because they are so fast. The only time I get an iron out is for sewing.

    Since I have an electric dryer(doesn't work with gas dryers), another trick is to vent it into an old pair of pantyhose straight into the house in winter, putting that warm moist air to work to help heat the house. Then vent it back outdoors for summer. Lucky for me, I only wash 1-2 loads per week.

    brenda from ar


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