Driers are a bit of a pet peeve of mine. After growing up in Texas, where EVERYONE uses a drier ALL the time, even when it's 100F outside, then going to Germany, where NO ONE uses a drier, even when it's -10C outside (they set up clothes racks inside, and plan ahead - takes two days!), I've been convinced there are better alternatives than using all the energy of a drier that are far more environmentally friendly. Some modern conveniences really bring an advantage to our quality of life, but the ability to have "soft, fluffy" towels should not be one of them at the cost to the environment.
Here in Hong Kong, I'm so grateful I have an outdoor, south-facing clothes hanger that I use all the time. I work my laundry around the weather! In good, sunny weather, the clothes are done in a couple of hours! And they do smell nice and fresh after some time in the sun (I'm thankfully not on a road). I do hate putting them inside, because indeed there is almost no place to put them in a HK apartment.
About the dehumidifier creating extra heat -- if we use it, then we only put it on at night, and close the bedroom door. They're also then done after a few hours.
I do sympathize with someone living in a serviced apartment, though. When we did, we didn't have control over the AC and couldn't open the windows, and the clothes simply would not dry. On top of that, the little clothes rack I got from Japan Home really sucked. Again, Germans are completely on top of good, functional clothes racks.
Anyway.... just wish people would give up on driers and use the outdoors more, would save a lot of energy, especially that that goes into making them. :/
Use outdoors? Might not be an option for everyone as it really does smell bad out there quite often outside
Last edited by Trance Omega; 19-10-2013 at 10:19 AM.
Do the clothes really end up smelling bad? I remember my gossipy neighbor lamenting about how bad everything smells outside and how I would *never* want to grow some tomatoes on the roof... but honestly, my clothes are absolutely fine and I love the smell of sun-dried clothes!
I do strongly believe, though, that it simply takes a bit of planning and foresight to manage drying clothes without using up so much energy. People -- except Germans -- have just become accustomed to not doing that anymore.
I will admit, in the UK there are certainly issues with getting clothes to dry inside in the damp winter. Plenty of painful experiences with that...
Luckily i don't need to plan my week around laundry. The days the dryer is on is only Mondays and Thursdays when our cleaner comes and it cant be guaranteed that there would be good weather with no pollution on those particular days.
Yep - afraid I can't be bothered to plan around the weather either. Clothes come out of the washing machine, into the dryer and then into the drawer - all close to each other and not lugging my washing up 2 flights of stairs and onto the deck - where I would have oodles of space to dry it if I really wanted to!
Had never got used to using a dryer regularly until I bought one recently. Had always hung clothes on a rack and they smelled awful when it's humid, which is almost 3/4 of the year (I was used to it though). Use a dryer all the time now and love how there is no clothes hanging inside and the clothes always smell so good (read don't stink).
Last edited by JT06; 21-10-2013 at 06:15 PM.
We use TWO dehumidifiers + one or more fans in the study to dry the clothes hanging over the clothes drying rack - and have done so for years.
It is "space saving" and co$t effective - i.e no separate heated clothes driers hanging on the kitchen wall & ONLY useful for drying washed clothes!
On temperate days - the washing hangs on the clothes drying rack on the balcony - with a quick blast of air from the dehums if not fully dry by nite-fall.
Is hanging clothes to dry outdoors ok given the humidity and pollution? I've been a bit gingerish about this idea so far