Winter Laundry and what do you do?
What do you do in the winter with your laundry?
I'm choosing the Sixth Circle since laundry is a household chore.
I just got back inside (as I write this, it's Tuesday, 12 January 2021). It's sunny, above freezing, and there's a slight breeze. I live in Hershey in Central Pennsylvania. We have real winters although nothing like points further north.
I hung out the laundry.
I hang laundry outside year-round. I do not expect most of my laundry to dry in the winter in one day. It depends.
Sheets? Yes. Undergarments? It depends on the fabric. Sweaters? Again, fabric makes the difference. An orlon or acrylic sweater dries in a flash. A cotton sweater takes all day and all night. A flannel shirt? A good breeze makes the difference.
I vary how I hang my laundry. Fortuitously, my clothesline was installed perpendicular to the prevailing winds. A stiff breeze will dry almost anything. I work with the wind, facing laundry so the wind blows it open, works down the sleeves and pant legs, airing and drying every part of the garment. Shirts in particular should be hung so the wind bells them.
Should socks be hung by the toe or by the opening? Polyester socks dry fast. Cotton doesn't.
Much of the laundry won't dry. I bring it inside in late afternoon. Then, after putting away what is dry, I break out my big wooden, Amish-made drying racks. Careful placement ensures garments dry with fewer wrinkles. Some items are almost dry and finish by the time we go to bed. Other items (cotton sweaters) take overnight.
Hanging the laundry outside first strips most of the moisture out. The laundry dries inside much faster. It smells fresher.
I can dry wet fresh-from-the-washer laundry on racks but it takes much longer and it doesn't smell as fresh. The racks are also inconvenient, taking up square footage in the living room.
What do you do with winter laundry?
Do you let it accumulate for a sunny day?
Do you hang it out and let it freeze-dry over several days?
Do you give up and use the dryer?
Do you select garments based on how easily they dry? Synthetics dry fast. Cotton holds onto every drop of moisture.
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