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Air Dried Clothes
Sun 11-Jul-10
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Danny
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Yaaay! Kate's got her crayons out again. I LOVE IT when you do that, Kate! Are you a Virgo by any chance?

Growing up, my mum ran a B&B with seven bedrooms. That was a lot of bed linen to wash in the high season and it did not always fir on the line. So sheets were draped over shrubs and bushes. I still do that.

The pleasure of bringing in the dry washing and burying my face in that magical sun-dried aroma is one of the small but significant joys of life.

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Sun 11-Jul-10
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We have a tiny kitchen with no room for a dryer so we always air-dry our clothes. Normally things take a few days to dry but I love it in the summer when the clothes horses can go in the garden and everything is dry in a few hours. We've been looking into getting a dehumidifier to help speed up drying in the winter.

Anyway, that reminds me, there are 2 clothes horses in the garden right now so I should probably go and check on them. They have been known to blow over in the wind but it's been so still today that's unlikely.

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Sun 11-Jul-10
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What a hoot this thread has turned into, Kate and her Mr Spock ears being OCD about peg colours made me giggle so much.  And, is everyone here 5ft and under?

I wish I could hang washing on a line but the idea of trying to get down the stairs with a heavy basket does not bear thinking about.  So I dry my washing in the spare room's built in wardrobe, all hanging up until it dries.

I'll try that again!

Sun 11-Jul-10
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TA, yup 5ft 1" here! Big_Laugh

 

Kate, ove your coloured peg OCD, can relate to that!

 

We, or rather I've has a great blustery drying day today, all bed sheets done & dusted by lunchtime. My prop keeps the line in as it's kind of circular (maybe like a question mark??!) but with just a notch to hook the line into, it seems once it's in so to speak, it's in!

 

I have a peg bag which I hang on the line while I'm hanging out the washing but lately my little helper insists on handing me random coloured pegs (kate!) while tugging at the contents of the washing basket.

 

I'll never forget, I was once at OH parents house & his step-mums mother was there, she is now 102, and she told me how back in the day her mum use to say 'ooooh what a lovely hanging' now she says it too....I guess it can be lovely if you co-ordinate all the pegs and double up!!Smile 

 

 

Sun 11-Jul-10
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Random coloured pegs!

Oh my!

I feel weak just thinking of it.

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My idea of heaven would be to find anOCD cleaner for the house.

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Sun 11-Jul-10
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Sandy, if you ever find that cleaner, would you give me their name?BrightSparklyStuff

Kate, with you being the artist that you are, I would expect nothing less, then maybe arranging them in the order of the color wheel...Big_Laugh

I think I figured out a solution to my tippy clothes line prop. I took 2 pieces of long skinny wood and screwed then together near the top, about 6 inches down. Then I scissored the 2 sides apart, and trapped the clothes line in between the top part of the 2 sides. So no matter which way the wind blows, one side of the prop is pushing against it. Seems to be working, I guess i'll see how it goes...

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KateUK said:

Well, the shocking pink, turquoise,yellow and lime green pegs look so jolly on the washing line, so the boring dark blue pegs get to hang up the boring black socks.
When I'm hanging up my multicoloured socks the blue really looks rather lovely...so my OCD peg habit is actually probably down to aesthetics.

We won't mention the control freak side of it at all.

Off to hang up some washing now, I think today is a lime green day as some of the washing is red.


 

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Michelle from Oregon said:

I think I figured out a solution to my tippy clothes line prop. I took 2 pieces of long skinny wood and screwed then together near the top, about 6 inches down. Then I scissored the 2 sides apart, and trapped the clothes line in between the top part of the 2 sides. So no matter which way the wind blows, one side of the prop is pushing against it. Seems to be working, I guess i'll see how it goes...


 Michelle, you're amazing.

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Mon 12-Jul-10
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Oh Brightspark, you are too kind...Big_Hug

I always tell my stores when I go to remodel them, "don't tell me what I can't do, tell me what I can do!".

But honestly, I find talking to all of you really helps the thinking process, everybody adds bits, pieces and ideas, and eventually a fix comes together.Magic

 

So, I do have a question. So far everybody has remarked about how wonderful air dried clothing smells. No matter how you wash your clothes, what detergent you use, fabric softener, etc, you allways get the same air-dried clean clothes smell.

So, what is that smell from?

Is it simply air smelling like air? Sunshine? Is that what fabric really smells like before we get in the way? Theories? Ideas?

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Mon 12-Jul-10
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I think the smell is different in different weathers, certainly the best on sunny days. Cool windy days not the same at all. Cold windy days when rain is about but not falling leave a very distinctive smell indeed on washing.

Wool smells when wet, but not so much when dry- linen has a very characteristic smell. My family always laugh at me about the smells I pick up- big nostrils....they are to scale with my feet.

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Mon 12-Jul-10
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Only an idea, Michelle, but perhaps washing that is dried indoors or in a drier has a smell that we are used to. So, in fact, we don't notice a difference.

(A bit like when we eat garlic, we all have to eat it, then we can't smell it!!!)

When the washing is hung outside, particularly if it is a windy day, and you live in a fresh area, then a new smell is applied to the washing, one that you're not accustomed to, and, being fresh, it's a pleasant aroma.

There could be a chemical reaction answer to this - the ions in the air may have an effect on the fabrics, maybe.

Ooh, much too complicated, Michelle !!!!!!!! Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh

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Mon 12-Jul-10
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Michelle from Oregon said:

you allways get the same air-dried clean clothes smell.
So, what is that smell from?

Is it simply air smelling like air? Sunshine? Is that what fabric really smells like before we get in the way? Theories? Ideas?


 

I have read that it isn't a traditional smell--very old books (diaries, novels) don't mention it. It is only once the industrial revolution started that people started commenting on the wonderful smell of clothes dried outdoors. So it is a result of air pollution... Doh

Having said that, I love the smell of line-dried clothes!

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I can't help with washing line props, as I use a rotary drier, but it sounds as if Michelle has solved the problem.

I double peg the edge of large things (sheets, duvet covers) no matter how many pegs go in the middle. I put 2 pegs together at each corner. It makes it much less likely that flapping in the wind will loosen the corner, and if it does shake one peg loose the second should hold. I got this from a friend about 30 years ago, and she got it from her mother.

I use a shoulder bag for the pegs--I find that one that hangs on the line is always in the wrong place with a rotary drier.

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Barbara - I bought a waist-tied peg bag from Lakeland, which has an opening both left and right hand side. Just like you, too, I put two pegs on each end of heavy washing, including jeans as well as the sheets and duvet covers; large towels, too.

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