paul wheaton wrote:I was reading something recently suggesting a clothes dryer from real goods. I looked .... it looked really lame and really expensive.
I've been using a clothes drying rack indoors and outdoors for a few years now that I got from ikea. A quick search shows that they appear to not sell it anymore.
paul wheaton wrote:Backwoods home mag has a picture of laundry outside covered in frost. And the article talks about how it is "freeze dried".
I usually dry my stuff inside not far from the heater. On racks.
Freeze dried clothes ..... anybody tried it?
Scott Billups wrote:I do it all the time here in Western Ma.
While the wet clothes are also warm, I put them outside on the line. The ice-cold air is also very dry, so while the water in the clothes is still liquid, it evaporates quickly.
Once the water in the clothes freezes, the rate of evaporation plummets. It'll stay that (whatever it is) level of frozen water in the clothes for a long while.
I typically bring my clothes back inside to thaw, and if needed, put them back out to dry more.
Sometimes, the second trip outside isn't needed (close enough to dry to leave inside to finish).
If the back-n-forth doesn't appeal to you, you can leave them outside in the cold. The sun hitting frozen clothes creates microclimate that melt & evaporate the water in the clothes, very slowly (a day or so).
Yes, freeze-drying laundry works!
Cheese McCoy wrote:As far as I know, when you hang wet laundry out in temps well below freezing, the ice crystals will simply sublimate with enough air movement. So wind/airflow will cause the freeze drying if its very low humidity (winter in canada works well ). I dont think any clothes can get lower than ambient humidity levels unless you add energy.
Greenhouses for clothes anyone?
The same here Stacy. What we call 'winter' is more rain, sometimes wet snow, but not a time to use the clothesline outdoors. That's why I have a clothesline indoors too (in the storage room).
Stacy Witscher wrote:My big problem is that it isn't that cold here. Winter days are usually above freezing, and about half are overcast and/or raining. We dry in front of the woodstove, but the woodstove overheats the house. It is bothersome.
Gwen Lynn wrote:Good idea about the chairs. My dining room chairs have wheels (no carpeting on floor, chairs roll easily) and I have 5 cats. There's a chuckle in me just visualizing that fracas! Cats getting hung up in the futon for everyday sleeping mattress here, freaking out trying to run, chairs rolling, fur flying. Oh my!
I'm bringing the mattress pad in when it gets dark. If still damp, I'll hang it in the garage, I have a clothesline out there. I usually don't even bother to wash this thing unless the weather allows...but our weather is just hopeless these days!
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