Country Living Series

Monday, February 22, 2010

Washing sheets in winter

Washing sheets in winter is a pain in the patookus if you don't use a dryer. That's because there's limited places one can drape an entire sheet to dry. Generally I can't wash more than one person's sheets at a time simply from lack of drying space (I use the stair banister but it won't hold more than two folded-in-quarters sheets at once).

So today I decided to take advantage of the unbelievably mild winter we're having and hang everyone's sheets on the clothes line. Imagine that - hanging laundry in February! It's sunny and 40 degrees and a little breezy, so I expect the sheets will be dry by evening.

Here's our neighbor's horses taking advantage of the sun. What looks like a pile of carcasses is several horses lying stretched out full-length in the sun.


  1. Just curious; do you use an 'old-fashioned' wringer (pinch-roller type) or hand twist to get the water out?

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  2. What, are you nuts? (smile) Nope, don't have a wringer - we use an ordinary washing machine.

    Which isn't to say if someone offered me an old-fashioned wringer washer, I wouldn't take it in a heartbeat...

    - Patrice

    1. Me too, I would love to have a wringer, I have been hand washing little things and drying them on the line but I would so love to be able to have a wringer and do some of the bigger things.