A mother-of-three has gone to extreme lengths to dry her laundry in front of an oven while roasting dinner for her family.
The woman, from Ballarat in Victoria, shared a picture on social media showing her husband’s underwear and socks lined perfectly along the door handle of the oven.
As freezing weather sends temperatures plummeting across Australia, the mother said she found a solution to speed up the laundry as they don’t have a dryer.
A mother-of-three has gone to extreme lengths to dry her laundry in front of an oven while roasting dinner for her family
‘Making sure my husband starts the week off right, with his favourite pair of jocks and socks. He might smell like Sunday roast but I wanted to utilise the heat that we’re lacking in Victoria,’ she said in Mums Who Clean Facebook group.
Her post has since gone viral, with many confessing they have also used an oven and other household appliances for their laundry.
One woman who was a university student living in Ballarat in the 90s said she resorted to drying and warming her clothes during the cold months.
‘In the 90s, I was known for drying and warming my clothing in the oven. One day I woke up to my clothes on the washing line frozen stiff. I put them in the microwave then oven, and wore them to class that day,’ she said.
As freezing weather sends temperatures plummeting across Australia, the mother said she found a solution to speed up the laundry as they don’t have a dryer (file image)
Another woman admitted: ‘I’ve dried knickers in the microwave,’ while another added: ‘My mum did this to dry our shoes after a wet walk home after school in winter. Sure she used the oven to warm our kitchen too. The good old days.’
One woman said she doesn’t have a dryer in her house so she’s always drying clothes in front of her oven, while others said: ‘Love this… never would of thought to do this.’
Another mother said: ‘I even use the oven… open door of course and sorted a small frame around it. Necessity the mother of invention. Nothing like dry clothes.’
While many saw the funny side to the post, others quickly warned against the oven-drying trick saying it’s a serious fire hazard.
NSW Fire and Rescue warns on its website: ‘Never attempt to dry or sterilise clothes or blankets in microwave ovens as a fire may result when the items are removed from the oven.’