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Airers, Tumble Dryers or Washing Lines?

Updated on May 11, 2015

Since November 2014...

Since November, I have made do with a string washing line which breaks after just two weeks.

So I decided to go shopping, I want to be able to dry my clothes without having to cover all my radiators and cupboards and any other "hangable" spaces and now I've ran out of string, it seems I need to take drastic action.

So I'm faced with a dilemma:

Airer, Tumble Dryer or Washing Line?

I must point out, I live in a first floor maisonette so by washing line, I don't mean one of these:

No, instead by washing line I mean...

The single rope washing line, often found in my flat to be tied around pipes and light fixtures and window handles...

They serve me well at just 89p.

But walking around your own flat, bobbing and weaving your own washing?

That isn't for me.

So, what about a tumble dryer? Straight up, out of the question. Though they're considerably lighter than washing machines, they'd still be a struggle to get up the stairs and with a £100+ price tag, I'd expect them to wander up the stairs willingly, all by themselves.

There are always the laundrettes, I guess... but they cost around £1 per load per machine... again, not cost effective in the long run.

And what about Airers then?

Airers are so flipping fancy.costing anywhere between £1 for this:

I own one very similar to this. Though the one I have cost £1, it is very poor quality, the photo is an ikea branded one so is probably much better quality.
I own one very similar to this. Though the one I have cost £1, it is very poor quality, the photo is an ikea branded one so is probably much better quality. | Source

And there are some airers which costs up to £40, no word of a lie, I've seen an airer which cost £79.99 on Amazon...

You'll never catch me paying that, but you may find me paying up to a modest £20 for something like this:

This is the £79.99 one, it's hardly any better though you can tell it's heavy duty...

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Overall, I may have bagged a bargain but I also bought a headache.

I chose the airer, it is most practical because you can fold it down.

I think I'll leave the shopping up to my girlfriend in future...


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