Using a Heated Airer to Dry Your Clothes
We are rapidly hurtling towards the Autumn Equinox – this means that the daylight hours will soon equal the night ones. Much as I love Autumn, I feel rather gutted about this. If anyone wants to buy me a SAD lamp, I will love you forever.
Anyhoo, I think my washing line has now gone into retirement for the year. Cumbria is great, but boy does it rain. All washing must now be dried indoors.
When we moved here 3 months ago, I found that we had a washer-dryer which I assumed would solve the winter-washing problem. However, after giving it a trial run, I realised that the machine clearly thought we were too fat as a lot of clothing returned unusally tight.
In addition to shrinking clothes, tumble dryers use a helluva lot of juice and cause me to waste valuable minutes of the day staring in a fascinated manner at the lint build-up on the filter thingymajig.
I found the answer to my problems last year – back then I was still running my cleaning company, so I had several loads of microfibre cleaning cloths to dry every week. I ended up buying a 3-tier Heated Airer from Lakeland, which I like for the following super-helpful-bulleted-reasons:
- I’m currently living somewhere with Economy 7 electricty. This means that everything is significantly cheaper to run overnight (which is why you will find my washer going at 6am). I can put the heated airer on when I go to bed and most of the clothes will be dry in the morning (If I don’t spectacularly overload it).
- Even on normal electricity plans, it costs less than 5p an hour to run.
- I am stingy and refuse to turn the heating back on just yet – having the airer next to my desk (not out of choice, incidentally) takes the slight chill out of the air.
- It has folding shelves so if I only have a bit to dry it will take up less space.
- The 3-tier version will hold up to 15kg of wet washing – I put a load on this morning and it has all fit on the airer.
- You can hang items off it, or lay delicates flat across the rungs. I use it for drying the hubby’s motorbike gloves, but rest them on top of his pants so they aren’t directly touching the heated bits.
- You can hang a big bedsheet or towel over the top of it and make a sort of ‘tent’ which dries the clothes even quicker, however this obviously causes a bit of condensation buildup. It needs to be used in a well-ventilated room.
- Your cat can use it as a climbing frame.
In conclusion; tumble driers suck because they are not really green and they are expensive to run. To avoid that scraggy look of having wet washing hanging off every radiator in the house (which usually buggers up the paintwork behind it too), or waiting a week for clothes to dry on a standard airer (by which point they reek and need rewashing), buy a heated airer.