Post # 1
My fiance and I do not live together yet, so we have a lot of quirks to discover, and I discovered one of his the other day ….
He told me that he could not leave his house because he was doing laundry.
My response? Crickets.
What the HELL does doing laundry have to do with leaving the house?!?!
My fiance said that if your dryer is running, you should not leave the house because it could catch fire.
I know that if you don’t clean out the lint trap, it could catch fire but …. really?
I’ve NEVER heard of anyone staying holed up in their house because they’ve got something in the dryer.
I laughed hysterically at him and told him that I don’t intend on wasting my day away in the house just because I’m doing laundry.
Post # 3
I’ve never heard that before…
I guess you should be happy that he’s tidy? 🙂
Post # 4
It’s something I think about, but I still do it. Dryers CAN cause fires (even if you clean out the lint trap. It is rare but it can happen). Also washers can flood, which is a big problem for me because our washer is on the 2nd floor. So I kind of know that I SHOULD be home when I’m doing laundry, but I don’t really always go by that if I have something important to do.
Post # 5
Currently we live in an apartment building that has a laundry room at the end of the hall so I have to be sure to pay attention and time everything when I’m doing laundry. I think that when we finally have our own house and own laundry machines, I will still make sure my laundry is finished and put away before leaving the house. I don’t see anything wrong with your FI’s thought process lol. Maybe we’re weird and crazy like that? I didn’t realize people just walk out and do stuff during the laundry? I like taking everything out right away so the clothes don’t get wrinkled.
Post # 6
I don’t like leaving the house when I have things in the washer (I don’t want wet clothes sitting in there for hours on end) and I don’t particular like leaving clothes in the dryer either (because they get all wrinkled) – (the fire thing isn’t an issue for me) 😉
But – I do usually leave and do little errands and then come back and deal with the laundry… or turn the dryer on again to get the wrinkles out 🙂
Post # 7
My parent’s house burned down after their dryer caught on fire when they left to do some shopping last year. Unfortunately their three dogs perished in the fire as well. I can honestly say it was the worst time of our lives.
It was a great working dryer, no excessive lint, and no electrical problems. The firemen wrote in their report that there was no reason it should have caught on fire and it was “one of those things you can’t explain.” It’s a very real thing and can happen to anyone. Because of this I stay home when doing laundry or don’t do laundry when I have errands to run. If I ever need to leave in a rush, I just turn off the dryer. Rewashing clothes is a lot easier to do then taking the chance of a house fire.
Post # 8
Yeah I stay home when I am doing laundry as well. Dont wanna chance it plus I gotta stay with it and finish it or else I wont do it lol
Post # 9
Actually I’m a paranoid freak and have thought this before. But never have I actually not gone out just because I have something in the dryer (unless it’s my undies, in which case I wait because going commando would not be pleasant for me or the people who are caught in the crossfire between my skirt and the wind).
Post # 10
@PinkMermaid: How horrible, I’m so very sorry your family went through this.
I like to be home when running the dryer because I am very nervous about fires, and only very rarely am I not home to do so.
Post # 11
My mother is very adamant about not leaving the house if the dryer is on, but she will leave the clothes semi-damp and just turn it back on when she gets home (they don’t get skunky, it’s usually if she runs out for a bit). I don’t like leaving the house with the washer on either, but I wouldn’t stay home for laundry, rather I’d do laundry when I plan on staying home.
Post # 12
Not something I have ever worried about nor plan to. I usually don’t intentionally start laundry if I know I will be gone for a long time but I’m not going to worry if I have to run to the store for 10 minutes and the dryer is on.
Post # 13
I won’t leave the house with the laundry running either. Heck I even wait to run the dishwasher until I know I’ll be home for a while…not worth burning the house down! lol
Post # 14
Ditto on everything about fires/floods/wrinkles/musty smells!
Post # 15
@Stace126: Haha it’s the opposite with my fiance and I! If I’m doing laundry, I try to make sure I do it when I’m going to be around the apartment. If I have to be gone, I try to make sure he’ll be here or the clothes won’t be in the dryer for very much longer. I won’t leave if my clothes are in the washer because I have a weird thing about it smelling bad … I think wet, balled up clothing stuck in closed space is a recipe for a gross smell.
My fiance on the other hand will leave clothes in the washer or the dryer while he’s gone. Sometimes I’ll come home from work to find the dryer on and he’s nowhere to be found. I like to think he only does it when he knows I’ll be home soon, but I’ve never actually mentioned it to him.