Drying Clothes p1 – Secando la Ropa p1

Clothes drying in the sun, Paraguay

Very few Paraguayan households are equipped with clothes dryers. Not only are dryers too expensive for most Paraguayan families, but, given the country´s sunny, subtropical-tropical climate, they are rarely necessary. Most of the time the sun is strong enough to dry clothing on a line within a couple of hours.  During the cold and rainy winter days drying clothes requires more effort and strategic planning. It may not be as convenient as just throwing clothes in the dryer but you can at least take comfort in the fact that line drying is more ecologically friendly and cuts down on your electric bill. Here are a few tips to help you dry your clothes, be it in summer or winter.

Son pocos los hogares en el Paraguay que cuentan con secador de ropas. Su costo elevado hace que estén fuera del alcanze de la mayoría de las familias, y además, dado el clima soleado y sub-tropical, los secaropas raramente son necesarios. La mayoría del tiempo el sol es suficientemente fuerte como para secar la ropa en cuestión de horas.  Eso sí, durante los días fríos y lluviosos del invierno secar la ropa requiere más esfuerzo y un poco de planificación estratégico. Quizás no sea tan conveniente como usar secaropas pero secar las ropas al sol es más ecológico y no le suma Guaranies a tu cuenta de luz.   Estos son algunos consejos para secar la ropa, ya sea en el invierno o el verano.

If you live near Caacupé you should be doing laundry right now. Si vives cerca de Caacupé deberías estar lavando ropa ahora mismo.


Pay Attention to the Forecast

Do not make the mistake of doing laundry before a string of rainy days! That is a sure way to end up with a pile of damp, dank smelling clothing.  Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be sure to get a jump on laundry while the weather is sunny.

Prestále Atención al Pronóstico del Tiempo

No cometas el error de lavar ropa justo antes de días de lluvia.  Terminarás con una pila de ropas húmedas y malolorientas.  Mejor prestále atención al pronóstico y aprovecha de los días soleados.

Clothing drying rack, Paraguay

Chase the Sun

If you don´t have access to a large sunny area for your laundry line your best bet is to purchase a drying rack. This way you can move your clothing to wherever there happens to be sun during the day and put it inside at night.

Sigue al Sol
Si no tienes acceso a un espacio grande y soleado para colgar la ropa tu mejor opción es comprar un tendedero. Así puedes moverlo a donde quiera que esté el sol durante el día y meterlo adentro de la casa a la noche.


centrifuge for spin-drying clothing, Paraguay

Spin, spin, spin!

If you will be doing lots of laundry (say, for multiple people) consider purchasing an electric centrifuge known as a “centrífugo.”  It will allow you to spin out as much extra water as possible before hanging your clothes.  After about 5 minutes in the “centrífugo” synthetics come out almost dry to the touch.  Heavier clothes, such as jeans and sweatshirts will benefit the most from a quick spin and will dry much faster. If you’ve ever had to wear damp jeans in July you’ll appreciate the power of the centrifuge.

I would like to include reader tips in part two of this post. Share your advice for drying clothes in Paraguay here or on the Discovering Paraguay facebook page.

¡A Centrifugar, se ha Dicho!

Si estarás encargada de lavar mucha ropa (por ejemplo si tienes familia) quizás te convenga comprar un centrífugo eléctrico.  Te ayudará a sacarle la mayor cantidad de agua posible de tu ropa antes de colgarla.  Después de 5 minutos en el centrífugo la ropa sintética está prácticamente seca.  Los centrífugos son ideales para ropas más pesadas, tales como vaqueros y buzos.  Si alguna vez te tocó usar vaqueros semi húmedos en julio comprenderás el poder del centrífugo.

Me gustaría incluir algunos consejos de lectores en la segunda parte de este artículo.  Compartí tus consejos para secar ropa en el Paraguay aquí o en la página de Facebook de Descubriendo Paraguay!

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3 comments on “Drying Clothes p1 – Secando la Ropa p1
  1. Christie says:

    I didn’t realize that about the centrifuge. So that’s even more spinning than the spin cycle in a regular washing machine? I may have to look into one of those! We’ve had a lot of rain (time to dry the socks and underwear on the coils behind the refrigerator) and JUST when the sun came out and we’d hung a couple loads of laundry, the neighbors decided to burn their leaves and trash. :(

  2. says:

    Yes! The centrifuge is like a turbo spin cycle. Gotta love the refrigerator drying technique. My aunt bought a new refrigerator and was upset when she realized the coils are on the bottom! So there goes her emergency dryer. I suppose that clothing that smells from “brazero” fumes is better than clothing smelling like trash fumes!

  3. Kathy Ruiz says:

    Hi!
    Nice post!
    When we’re in Paraguay (visiting my mother-in-law who lives in Asuncion) and it’s raining, my husband puts up a clothesline in her bedroom (which she makes him take down when we leave!) under the ceiling fan! Even jeans dry overnight under the fan! It’s great!
    Have a nice day!

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