Tuesday 6 November 2012

The Killer In My Dining Room...

I'm watching it.

It sits there, eyeing me.

Plotting my doom. It knows it just has to be patient.

It's....the sweater I'm drying on the radiator.

Wait. What?
A study carried out by the Mackintosh School of Architecture found that many homes had too much moisture indoors.
Up to a third of this moisture was attributed to drying laundry. The researchers have called on housebuilders to build dedicated drying areas into new housing to address the health concerns.
A study of 100 homes by the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit in Glasgow found 87% dried their washing indoors in colder weather.
Ummm, well, yes. It's Glasgow. Not famed for it's sunny climate, is it? I doubt that figure drops much in summer!
A total of 75% of households, which were of mixed styles, had moisture levels which could lead to dust mite growth. There was also a strong association between drying laundry and mould spores.
'Could'. 'Association'. This is more pointless 'science', isn't it?
The researchers want to see dedicated drying areas incorporated into new housing.
Have they even seen any new build housing? There's barely room to fit humans in, never mind airing cupboards!

Leg-Iron's right - reality long outstripped satire!

H/T: Robert Hale via email


Edwin Greenwood said...

Laundry? Wot's laundry?

I remember a geezer in a pub once — on the Marylebone High Street as it goes, so he was probably a BBC-approved child molester on his lunch break — anyway this bloke was saying that since his washing machine had broken down he just bought those cheap shirts made by slave labour in some unpronounceable country or other that you can get for a couple of quid. And then threw them away after wearing.


Anonymous said...

Too much moisture? Open a sodding window! Allow air to circulate round the house and the solution is there. The problem with modern society is that 'experts' will tell you that having double or glazed windows will solve your heating problems; other 'experts' will tell you that by cutting off a supply of fresh air through the fitting of these windows will lead to a lingering, painful death through too much moisture, not enough air and sheer boredom through watching the X Factor. Drink too much white wine and you'll die; drink lots of red wine and you'll live for ever - I either by rose or a bottle each ofred and white and mix it together! Too many anal retentive 'experts' who probably couldn't find their ar*ehole if some other 'expert' didn't show them. Hope the sweater is on a hanger as there's a danger it may shrink if in direct contact with the heat from the radiator. Just saying.

microdave said...

"Build dedicated drying areas into new housing"

Or what us oldies used to call GARDENS...

Best they don't come round here and poke their noses in - we currently have an assortment of clothing drying on an airer, and 2 thick bathmats draped over the back-bedroom radiator...

John Pickworth said...

I think there's some truth in this story... but rather than building drying rooms, how about opening a window?

Of course, that answer is beyond the wit of many. I see many rental properties where the 50" TV is left on, the heating is on full (even in summer), the radiators are draped in drying clothes and the tenant is complaining about the black mould growing on the walls. Needless to say the windows don't look as if they've been opened in months.

JuliaM said...

" And then threw them away after wearing."


"Too much moisture? Open a sodding window! Allow air to circulate round the house and the solution is there."

In the depths of winter, I'm grateful for central heating. But I don't have it on al the time! I wonder about the people that do...

"Or what us oldies used to call GARDENS..."

Nothing beats the smell of clothes freshly aired. Even if they don't dry all the way, better to at least half-air them.

"Needless to say the windows don't look as if they've been opened in months."

I cannot understand a desire to live life hermetically sealed!