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    Re: How to wash/dry clothes when drying outside isn't an option?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr X View Post
    I do try to but right now all I have to do is even brush against something I don't like and that's it - off they come!



    I always keep the windows open when drying indoors, yes, and yes I mean that horrible damp smell. It's really unpleasant.



    Washing under 60 never kills off all the bacteria.

    No room in the bathroom for an airer. I feel kind of stuck.
    Do laundrettes not wash at 60 and above though? I always do service washes, I love a service wash - itís a proper treat!
    Have you tried that dettol anti viral washing additive? You can use that at under 60. Iím not sure if itís anti bacterial or not though.
    Do you use fabric softener & get stuff out of the washing machine straight away? I always think that damp smell is worse if thereís no air in the room.


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    Re: How to wash/dry clothes when drying outside isn't an option?

    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    I can appreciate that you need to have the control over washing your clothes in "perfect" conditions to eliminate all risk of bacteria. My daughter has the same worries as you so I am constantly washing stuff and I also worry about not keeping up with the supply and I don't have a tumble drier either. Are you washing by hand or do you have a machine?

    I start really early in the morning and at the moment am putting the heating on for an hour or so when the washing is done so that i can put it on the radiators/airer. It helps but getting clothes dry at the moment is really hard in this weather.

    I'm glad that you are getting professional help. It's awful being in the grips of this especially when it feels as if there is no escape.
    Washing machine. I don't think I could cope with hand washing.

    Funny you say about starting early, because I often do that, especially with bedding. I have tried using the radiators to aid drying but sometimes it gets unbearably hot so I have to concede defeat!

    Quote Originally Posted by nomorepanic View Post
    I was talking about the driers though, not washing them
    Oh! My apologies. I don't know then. I just don't feel comfortable drying my clothes in something which may have been used by someone who has washed their underwear (or something similar) on a low temperature prior.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scass View Post
    Do laundrettes not wash at 60 and above though? I always do service washes, I love a service wash - it’s a proper treat!
    Have you tried that dettol anti viral washing additive? You can use that at under 60. I’m not sure if it’s anti bacterial or not though.
    Do you use fabric softener & get stuff out of the washing machine straight away? I always think that damp smell is worse if there’s no air in the room.
    Yeah I believe so but it's not automatic is it? I mean, people can wash at a lower temperature if they wish to, no?

    I don't use fabric softener, no, and yes I always remove the clothes straight away. In fact, as I am right now, I check on the wash (far too) frequently and even watch it for periods of time to make sure everything is 'perfect'!

    I did buy that Dettol stuff but it says to put 2 caps' worth of liquid in which seems excessive, and it has so many warnings on the back that I have become too anxious about the solution not washing out properly - or evening simply getting on my skin - and consequently harming me, that I am too frightened to use it :/

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    Re: How to wash/dry clothes when drying outside isn't an option?

    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    I can appreciate that you need to have the control over washing your clothes in "perfect" conditions to eliminate all risk of bacteria. My daughter has the same worries as you so I am constantly washing stuff and I also worry about not keeping up with the supply and I don't have a tumble drier either. Are you washing by hand or do you have a machine?

    I start really early in the morning and at the moment am putting the heating on for an hour or so when the washing is done so that i can put it on the radiators/airer. It helps but getting clothes dry at the moment is really hard in this weather.

    I'm glad that you are getting professional help. It's awful being in the grips of this especially when it feels as if there is no escape.
    Now you've done it, pulisa. I've heard Emma Thompson is boarding a plane back to the UK (business class, of course ) as we speak to protest outside your house about this excessive carbon footprint!
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    Re: How to wash/dry clothes when drying outside isn't an option?

    ******** to her! Needs must!

    Anything to do with communal washing ie launderettes would be "out" for my daughter too. I do live in dread of the machine breaking down..We have a policy but it takes at least a week for the engineer to come round. I know I've got a "problem" with the washing too, Mr X so I do understand your dilemma. Maybe you are being oversensitive to any smell from the clothes? I know that towels can smell "musty" if not fully dry but routine stuff should be fine to dry without smell on an airer.

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    Re: How to wash/dry clothes when drying outside isn't an option?

    I have a dehumidifier. They're pretty good at drying washing indoors. Stops the house getting damp. An electric one not those little things you put a tablet type thing in
    Last edited by Phuzella; 14-06-19 at 14:52.

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    Re: How to wash/dry clothes when drying outside isn't an option?

    Ultimately, the solution is treating the OCD which the OP will be getting. Sure, there are quick fixes and such, but pacifying the illness isn't a solution. It needs to be treated and challenged with exercises and techniques to help eliminate the compulsions and subsequent actions associated with it.

    In my observations in this sub-forum, my take on it is OCD is like a gambling addiction. Every time you give in to a compulsion you're digging yourself a deeper hole. You're like a gambler who keeps putting their money in the slot machine, thinking the next time you'll finally win, except in the gamblers case there is at least a remote chance that will happen. With OCD there is basically no chance that will happen, with OCD the slot machine is rigged. The only way to win is to STOP PLAYING THE GAME.

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    Easier said than done though. It's a complex old business. I'm glad Mr X will be getting specialised help from experts in the OCD field. It can be such a lottery in mainstream practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulisa View Post
    Easier said than done though. It's a complex old business. I'm glad Mr X will be getting specialised help from experts in the OCD field. It can be such a lottery in mainstream practice.
    Agreed 100%. Recovery from mental illness as with many things in life in general is easier said than done. Yes, real life specialized professional help is the way to go but support seems to be weak and if you do find it, its expensive in the mental healthcare system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishmanpa View Post
    Agreed 100%. Recovery from mental illness as with many things in life in general is easier said than done. Yes, real life specialized professional help is the way to go but support seems to be weak and if you do find it, its expensive in the mental healthcare system.

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    It's been an ordeal to get this help and the true specialised help I am waiting for is months away, but the good thing is because I am in England, I have got it given to me on the NHS. I mean, it's not free; it's had a cost on my health trying to get it(!).

    Without reading back through this thread I can't remember if I said that I got a portable rotary airer to go outside. Used it today - it's been a lovely day for drying. The airer is rubbish though. Pinned it down as per the instructions and it blew over. So after all that it takes me to do my washing, it ended up on the floor and I've got in a right mess. Instantly had suicidal thoughts. That's how I react to it all.

    Anyway I know treatment is the ultimate way forward but just knowing how far away that is, I also know that realistically right now I need some way of at least minimising this stress even if it does mean giving in to the OCD somewhat, because I need clean washing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr X View Post
    I also know that realistically right now I need some way of at least minimising this stress even if it does mean giving in to the OCD somewhat, because I need clean washing!
    Ok... realistically, until treatment starts what options do you have that could help with the amount of wash and the issue of drying them. I stand by my suggestion of cutting out one pair of pants. Just ONE pair. That's one less to wash and one less to dry. That goes for whatever else you're changing.... socks, shirts, underwear etc. Just ONE.

    You could take out two pair in the morning and lay them out. Choose one to start and the other to change but put a time limit on it. Say no changing until 1pm no matter what. Look, I know your OCD will scream in protest but you have to start somewhere As far as drying them? You're doing all you can do under the circumstances so.....

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