Wed, Dec 22, 2004, 11:11pm (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@TAKEOUTmindspring.com says:
<snip> Around here you hang that shirt in the open for about an hour and
it's dry -- at least in the summer time.
OTOH my sister, who lives in a place where the Banana Slug is the state
animal, needs a lot more help to dry clothes. When we lived in Ireland
we learned the value of a drying closet first hand.
When I said "in the open", I meant in the open in the house, as
opposed to say, putting it in a closet.
I've never lived in Ireland, but I've lived in several other
countries, and traveled in more, and in every one, you leave a wet
shirt, or whatever, hanging in the open overnight (say from a shower
rod), and it's dry next morning. The only "closets" I saw were for
hanging clothes after they were dry. When you're traveling, works very
well with a wash and wear suit, wash and wear shirt, change of socks and
underwear. Makes for minimal hand baggage. Wash your suit, shirt,
change of underwear and socks, every night, in your hotel bath or sink;
then a couple of hangers, and a small piece of rope to hang them from.
Carry the extras, along with your shaving gear, in one small handbag.
In places with cold winters, it's pretty standard to hang the
clothes outside. Yep, they freeze, solid, but beat the ice out of them,
let 'em warm up a bit, and they're dry. If you've ever brought in
frozen stiff clothes, with a stiff wind blowing, and a way minus wind
chill factor, you know why that isn't my first choice of drying methods.
The big thing is, don't hang them out sopping wet, wring them out first.
If they're too wet, you could break them, after they freeze.
Sanity is vastly over-rated.