Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fun with Laundry in the Winter

Yes, I'm a geek, but I happen to think frozen jeans fresh off the line from outside are hilarious!


  1. What happened to your post, "Question Du Jour"? It shows up in my watched blog list but cannot be found.
    Love the humor above!

  2. I've heard of people going around without pants, but that's the first time I've seen pants going around without people!

  3. That's funny! I always like carrying in an armload of perfectly flat towels.

  4. Don't your fingers get really cold hanging them out?

  5. Great photo, Wendy! And I must admit, I'm glad I'm not the only one who does these things. :)

    Enjoy hunkering down for the snow tomorrow!

  6. My mom used the clothesline almost all year round. When she brought the clothes in, my father's workpants used to "stand up on their own" :)
    Thanks for reminding me about that!

  7. 10th Ave - It was fun trying to get all of the stiff, frozen clothes in the basket so that I could bring them inside ;). Folding the towels was a little like folding up a piece of cardboard :).

    4Bushel - The clothes thawed really fast when I brought them in, and I almost didn't get the picture, but all of the jeans (some of the shirts, and the towels, too) were standing when I brought them in. It reminded me of that portion in my book where I talk about laundry and clothes standing in corners - but for a very different reason :).

    Marygee- Ha! Ha! Yep, it's nice to know that there are more of us "laundry geeks" out there ;). Lovin' the snow, by the way ;).

    Darius - it's back up.

    FARf - Have you heard the Dr. Seuss story about the "pale green pants with no one inside them"? Great story ;).

    Frogdancer - not at all! It was pretty close to the freezing mark - right around 32°. Which is not so cold, actually ;).

    Jess - Not really. Hanging the clothes out was pretty easy. It was prying them off the line, where they'd frozen, that was actually a little more difficult and resulted in cold fingers.

  8. Great picture. on another topic, did you ever write about how you constructed your bike generator? SJ in Vancouver BC

  9. Do clothes dry when it's below freezing? I assumed that the water won't leave the clothes if the temp is freezing or even close to freezing. I have a neighbor who uses and interior drying rack in the wintertime -- the clothes get dry, and in the process humidify the interior air of the house. (This can be sketchy, of course, as too much interior humidity is never a good thing, even in winter.) But I guess my main question is, you can dry clothes on an outside clothesline when it's 35 degrees, or even below?


  10. SJ - Re: the bike generator, we bought the kit from that's listed on my side bar. Then, we bought a couple of batteries and a charge controller. We already had an inverter.

    Deus Ex Machina took the back tire off the bike and connected the belt. The belt is attached to the generator, which has two wires going out of it that connect to the charge controller. The charge controller has two wires that connect to the battery and two wires that connect to the inverter. We can plug whatever we want to run right into the inverter.

  11. Steve - the clothes will dry in below freezing temps, but not if the air is moist. So, most of the days that we've had recently the clothes just freeze and don't dry completely. So, when I bring them inside, I hang them from the drying rack. What's nice is that when they freeze, the fibers expand and the clothes end up really soft.

    If the air outside is dry, though, even if it's below freezing, on a sunny day with a little wind, the clothes will actually dry and not freeze. The dry air wicks the moisture right out of the clothes.

    Around February/March, when there's a lot of snow on the ground, I've put my clothes out on the line and they get completely dry. Right now, it's not cold enough and the air is still too moist so the clothes freeze.