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A Minor Gripe [Nov. 4th, 2010|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
The worst thing about washing clothes by hand is not having a spin-cycle. What I need right now- and I doubt if you can buy them (except in junk shops)- is a mangle.  
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-04 06:25 pm (UTC)
I've been drying clothes by spinning them in the dryer (it's only the washing machine that's disconnected) then putting them on radiators. If it were summer I'd be hanging them out on the line.

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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2010-11-04 08:16 pm (UTC)
Riiiight - grovels - so it's space for sheltered hanging that is beating you?
That's why I was still using a mangle in 1971 - the laundry had been equiped in the early 60s, and assumed a staff of two that would spend an entire day washing, mangling etc.
There was nowhere sheltered to hang things, and the expense of spinning was prohibitive in an area where electrical supply was - er - variable
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2010-11-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
Riiiight - have you got any of those radiator "rails" (that hang over the radiators) ers, or are you putting the stuff straight onto the radiators?
Me, I hate radiators, and deeply resented being forced into a house that had them - but, if you can find rails that fit them, they do dry things fairly well - because you've then got some air circulating - sorry, I haven't the vocab to explain the physics of it, but it's getting the right combination of air and warmth that speeds drying
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-05 08:30 am (UTC)
I'm hanging clothes directly on the radiators. I believe I do have some of those rail things- or did- but heaven only knows where they are right now.

I don't like having to use the radiators, because it means switching on the central heating when it's not really needed. We like to keep the house cool- and find most other people's houses uncomfortably hot and stuffy.
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