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Wonderful weather for washing!

Line-dried washing! Photo: PA

You may have noticed that I have developed something of an obsession with washing recently. It goes hand-in-hand with the arrival of Spring, as I am a firm believer in the merits of line-dried washing. As soon as the weather allows, the tumble drier is unplugged and the peg-bag takes pride of place.

The smell of fresh air and the sand-paper feel of towels - you just can't beat it! That, plus the fact that I have two sets of kiddies school uniform to turn around on a daily basis and so tumble-drying can turn into a costly exercise!

Peg it out! Credit: PA

So I've done a bit of research, and I've put together a list of what seems widely agreed to be the best conditions for getting your washing dry! Please note - there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support any of my claims! So, here goes:

The best weather for drying is sunny, warm and dry, with a moderate breeze. In fact it is more important to have a good breeze than it is to have direct sunlight. The breeze will "iron out" the wrinkles for you and speed up drying time. It is best to avoid extremely windy weather, however, unless you are happy to retrieve your smalls from your neighbour's garden!

Good for drying socks! Credit: PA

However, clothes will dry in a variety of weather types and even in the shade. Cold weather drying does require that you put the clothes out first thing in the morning and collect them before the evening dampness moves in.

And here's an added bonus! Sunlight is a natural sanitizing and bleaching agent. It's perfect for killing insects, bacteria, and other germs!

So there you go - by my reckoning you'll have no excuse - give the tumble drier a rest! Here's your forecast for tomorrow just incase!

If you do manage to get your washing out tomorrow - please send me some pictures - and lets keep the spirit of Spring going!

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