I generally prefer to hang them up outside in the fresh air but if I'm in a hurry or it's raining I'll use the dryer. After travelling in Europe recently I really appreciate the fact that, due to Australia's great weather, we have the choice. It was my first trip over there and I was amazed that many homes don't have an outdoor clothes line, although many have a special heated room called a drying room that they use instead of a tumble dryer.
I wish I could dry them outside more often, but I live in a big apartment building that only has two washing lines for everyone (but one dryer for every three apartments). It's too difficult trying to time it so I get a spot on the line, and my clothes will go mouldy if I just leave them waiting. So sadly it's dryer more often than I would like.
I work in a Nursing Home where we wash the resident's clothing. Although we have a dryer, we prefer to hang the clothes on the clothes line. You can't beat the smell of sun-dried clothes and the special warmth they have as you bring them in off the line and the residents help fold them. Yes, can't beat old fashioned drying methods.
My super expensive washer dryer combo was wrecked by a house sitter, so now the dryer part does not work. It was going to be too expensive to fix. Not to worry, I have a covered deck for drying but miss my dryer in the rainy weather.
Ufortunately not. House sitters who sit for free are generally in poor financial circumstances. They are saving me the expense of boarding my dog and providing security for my house and possessions. I now have a brand new washing machine - but still no dryer.
I'm quite passionTe about this one for lots of reasons, everything goes out on the line to dry. I love the smell and when my children were younger it gave me a chance to escape into the garden for a few minutes each day !! the cost of electricity is expensive and should be kept to an absolute minimum. If it's raining and I have just a small amount to get dry then out comes the clothes horse.
I hang what I can on the outside line. The light coloured cloths have to hang in the bathroom, because we have trees hanging over the clothesline, which where unable to cut down. Towels go into the drawer for 1/2hr, then out onto the line. All the sheets & pillow cases, unfortunately have to go into the dryer, as I now have tree stains on a couple of them, when I did hang them out, & the marks don't come out in the next wash, (or any other wash!) I would much rather dry everything outside on the line.