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Where do you dry your laundry?

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I live in a modern serviced apartment in Zurich and just finished laundrying my clothes. Where do you guys usually place your clothes to let it dry?

PS1: I am currently hanging them in the bathroom
PS2: In our country, we usually put the laundry on the yard or on the rooftops in case of apartment buildings.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Doesn't your laundry room have either a dryer or lines to hang the washing on?
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Does your serviced apartment have a washing machine but no dryer?

Is there a balcony where you can put a clothes rack?
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

In our building we have a tumble dryer where I usually dry towels and bedding. There is also a large drying room with clothes lines.
Items which cannot be tumble dried, I put on a clothes maiden in the kitchen.
Things which have to drip dry, I hang over the bath.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

The laundry area has a tumble dryer and in fact, I used it to dry my clothes, however they is still damp. I don't have a balcony, only a window. I didn't see clothes lines in the laundry area either.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Until you check with your concierge, neighbors, or landlord, it would be wise to keep drying your clothes inside.

Some buildings/communities it is forbidden to dry or air laundry outside, or the days/hours that you are allowed to do so are restricted. In other buildings/communities it is perfectly acceptible to do so, indeed the norm. But to avoid conflict, especially on a Sunday, ask first - and if you can't find someone to ask today, dry them inside.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

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The laundry area has a tumble dryer and in fact, I used it to dry my clothes, however they is still damp.
...put them in again?
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

I usually hang them out on the balcony to disgust of my neighbours. More in public, all the better. Then I would open a bottle of dry red and pull binoculars from etuit scrutinizing intently how many neighbours will be working on reporting me to Gemeindehaus.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Oh well, I'd just make do of the bathroom.

Do you guys know where I could buy clothes lines, hangers, clips, etc.? Can I buy those in Sihlcity (as I am just a 5-minute walk away from there). Thanks!
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

The shops are normally closed on Sunday's. During the week no problem - look for it either in Migros or in Coop. On the other hand, what a clever way of breaking ice between neighbours and become part of the community. Excuse me Frau Wettstein, my name is xxx and I am your neighbour next door. Is there any chance I could borrow a peg or two only for today? Thank you and have a blasting weekend.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Go to the larger Migros or Coop stores to source pegs, hangers etc.

Also, any of the department stores will have what you need.
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The laundry area has a tumble dryer and in fact, I used it to dry my clothes, however they is still damp...
Check the lint filter/trap. It might be full, or it might have a thin film on it from fabric softeners. I had the same problem with clothes still being damp. I washed the lint filter in warm soapy water, rinsed, and allowed to air dry. Clothes were not damp any more.

Or you could do as Richdog suggested and put them in for another cycle.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

In this week's ktipp magazine (a Swiss consumer advice magazine) their legal team answers the question "can I hang my washing out on the balcony because my landlord says not" and ktipp replies that you can - unless in so doing you are causing a nuisance to a neighbour eg your washing blocks your neighbour's lake view etc.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

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...put them in again?

Maybe I'm stating the obvious here. Tumble dryers have a setting how dry you would like to have your clothes. They also have a sensor. But if you put your jeans with your socks either your socks will come our fried and your jeans dry or your socks dry and your jeans damp. So, put clothes in the dryer that take about the same time to dry.
Still, the more economical thing to do is to buy a Stewi, a small indoor clothes drying rack.
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Until you check with your concierge, neighbors, or landlord, it would be wise to keep drying your clothes inside.

Some buildings/communities it is forbidden to dry or air laundry outside, or the days/hours that you are allowed to do so are restricted. In other buildings/communities it is perfectly acceptible to do so, indeed the norm. But to avoid conflict, especially on a Sunday, ask first - and if you can't find someone to ask today, dry them inside.
Nobody can forbid the tenant's drying laundry on the balcony. Source. No need to ask.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

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Well, we're not forbidden to dry laundry on the balcony...but our lease prohibits carrying wet laundry through the flat to hang outside.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Be very careful about drying laundry in bathroom or anywhere not really well ventilated inside- as winter comes this will cause mould which can be VERY difficult and expensive to get rid off.

Carrying sopping wet handwashed laundry which will drip all over the floor makes sense- but washing machine done laundry, properly spun and in a plastic laundry basket can't damage the floor, can it?

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Well, we're not forbidden to dry laundry on the balcony...but our lease prohibits carrying wet laundry through the flat to hang outside.
IMO that's ridiculous. Do they want you to get a lift on the side of the building so you can move your laundry from the laundry room straight up to your balcony?

It's your apartment. What would you say if they contractually made you eat soup only over the kitchen sink because it could drip on the carpet on the way to the dining room/kitchen table?


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Leaving windows wide open (not tilted) during and for a while after drying stuff in the apartment - checking humidity levels with a hygrometer and closing windows only when humidity levels have gone back down to normal room levels - helps this . In windowless rooms, use a very good dehumidifier and you're set. Of course also the unventilated rooms should have a hygrometer in them.
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Re: Where do you dry your laundry?

Sometimes the amount of moisture in the laundry is dependent on the programme set on the washing-machine, even before it gets to the tumbler. You might like to make sure that your machine is properly spinning the clothes at the end of the cycle.

Some laundries have a special, separate, old-fashioned spinner, as well. In a cycle of perhaps just 3 minutes, one can get even more water out of the clothing.

Both these steps can mean that the tumbler starts out with a lesser challenge (= less damp clothes).

Most modern tumblers have settings of how dry you'd like things to get. Those models have a sensor. Sometimes these are in pictogrammes on a scale, showing, for example:
- the sun for totally dry,
- next a cupboard for how dry it would kinda be okay to pack away,
- an iron with one dot for a little ironing,
- an iron with two dots for more intensive ironing.

If the tumbler is old, it may just have a timer and no sensor.

I'd suggest selecting all the small items (socks, undies, light-weight items) to hang up in your home. To avoid the problems of potentially annoying the neighbours, you could use a clothes-rack that is specially set low-down, so that it is not visible above the balcony railing.

As Odile has said, causing moisture build-up and fungus in your flat is a very serious problem, and must definitely be avoided. If you use a clothes-rack inside, you could move it around from one room to the next, to distribute the moisture as the water evaporates. And along the same reasoning, please remember, especially as winter is drawing in on us, to replace the air in your flat completely, at least 2 or 3 times a day. Do this by putting on your pullover, flinging open all the windows to let in a full blast of cold air from outside, for a full 2 minutes, then shutting them again and as the heating warms up the fresh air, have yourself a nice hot chocolate to drink.
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