Rachel posted about Irish Laundromats so I thought I’d share about an ordinary day doing laundry in Ireland for those who are interested. My little washer holds about half the clothes as the one my mom has in America, but it works for me. When I first moved here I found it really interesting that the washing machine is generally in the kitchen and fits under the counter. A handy fact that I have come to love since I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking, cleaning or sitting by the woodstove reading stories to my children.
I try to do at least one load of laundry each day, minus Sunday, rather than let it pile in heaps. Some days I get behind and have two or three loads waiting, often depending upon how much my baby boy has decided to spit up or my toddler has spilled on her clothes during meals. A typical cycle takes 1-2 hours, but I discovered a quick wash setting that only takes about 20 minutes and works fine for lightly soiled items. Here in Ireland very few people have dryers that I am aware of. Every morning, rain or shine, I look out my window and see my neighbor’s house with clothes drying on the line. Ms Peige does the laundry for her daughter and grandchildren every day, she must get up really early or else put the clothes up the night before because I get up between 5-7am and it is always up. She has a nice overhang off the garage that keeps the clothing covered, whereas mine and my neighbor on the other side have our lines in the back garden fully exposed. During the summer I hang my clothes out most days but I must admit that I am one of the spoiled ones who has a dryer in my shed. On rainy days or when I have too many clothes to fit on the line or rack I splurge and use the dryer. Unfortunately, unlike the dryers back at mom’s house, my dryer takes a lot longer to dry, a typical load takes two to three hours on high heat. I generally set it at 120 minutes (the longest time setting) and then check the clothes, often I have to reset it for another 60-100 minutes. Another way I dry clothing is on a rack inside. It typically takes about two days for a load to dry when I hang it in my entryway near the heater. I can’t leave the rack in the other rooms because it adds too much moisture to the room which foster’s mould growth on the walls, but the entry gets plenty of air movement and is fine just so long as I don’t have company coming over.
Today is a gorgeous day, 16⁰C/60⁰F right now with a slight breeze; perfect for hanging my clothes on the line…I almost wish I had more laundry to do today…not really.