The Laundry Mac™ is a simple and effective way of protecting your laundry from showers when it's hanging on a rotary dryer (whirligig!). It is a large disc of waterproof, breathable fabric with weights around the edge, that fastens onto three-armed and four-armed rotary dryers. It is propped in the centre so that water runs off. It is just like putting a waterproof coat over your laundry, protecting it from rain showers and enabling you to get your laundry dried outside whatever the weather.
Off to work for the day, and won't be there to take the laundry in when the forecast shower this afternoon passes through? No problem, leave the Laundry Mac™ to protect it!
Just hung the laundry out and it looks like rain? No problem, flip the Laundry Mac ™ over it!
No time to hang the laundry out in the morning, and it's 11 o'clock at night? No problem, put it out for the night with a Laundry Mac™ protecting it!
Love the birds in your garden but get fed up with them pooping on your nice clean washing? No problem, hang a Laundry Mac™ over it!
Lucky enough to live somewhere hot and sunny, where your laundry dries in minutes but gets bleached by the sun? No problem, put a Laundry Mac™ over it!
What size Laundry Mac™ do I need?
The Regular Laundry Mac™ will fit 3 and 4 armed rotary dryers with a diameter of up to 2.5 metres, and the Large Laundry Mac™ will fit 3 and 4 armed rotary dryers with a diameter of 2.5 - 3 metres.
How to get the Laundry Mac™ set up the first time you use it
The Laundry Mac™ has 12 holes around the circumference. If your rotary dryer has three arms, fit a band in one hole, miss three, fit a band in the next hole, then miss three. You should have three bands evenly spaced around your Laundry Mac™.
If your rotary dryer has four arms, fit a band in one hole, miss two, fit a band in the next hole, miss two, until you have four bands evenly spaced around the perimeter of the Laundry Mac™.
These bands stay here now so you'll only have to bother with fitting the bands once.
How to use your Laundry Mac ™
- Hang your washing on the rotary dryer / whirligig. It's recommended to hang longer/bigger items nearer the centre and smaller things towards the outside edge, so the bigger things are sheltered from any driving rain.
- Pop the Laundry Mac™ over the washing and loop a band over each arm. You may need to tighten or loosen the elastic a little to get it the way you want it.
- Prop the Laundry Mac™ in the centre using a telescopic clothes prop so that the water runs off rather than ponding in the middle.
Can I put my Laundry Mac™ out in windy weather?
If it’s gale force winds then it’s not advisable. The Laundry Mac can cope with strong breezy conditions but if the wind is trying to rip the laundry from the line then having a Laundry Mac™ over it is going to make the whole thing take off and land in the neighbours’ garden along with the trampolines and other garden clutter.
What if it is horizontal rain?
The Laundry Mac™ works best in vertical rain alternated with sunshine type conditions. If you can imagine wearing a raincoat on a really windy wet day then you’re going to get wet legs. But those days when you wear a raincoat and your legs stay dry are the days when your Laundry Mac™ will let your laundry flap and dry outside happily.
>What if the air outside is damp?
Sometimes there are very high humidity conditions, in which case it’s literally impossible for laundry to get completely dry. However it will still get a bit dryer outside. It’s still worth hanging it out with the Laundry Mac™. You can either leave it outside for a bit longer in case conditions improve, or bring it in a little bit damp. If you’re clever at folding, you can lay it in the airing cupboard or on the radiator airer and it will get even flatter, reducing the amount of ironing you need to do.
What is the Laundry Mac™ made of?
Although incredibly simple, the Laundry Mac™ is made of durable high quality functional materials. The fabric is a breathable, waterproof fabric that protects laundry from rain but enables vapour to evaporate off the damp laundry through the fabric. There are heavy weights stitched into the perimeter of the Mac so it hangs around the side and doesn’t blow about in the wind. And the eyelets are made of quality rust-proof brass.
What do I do with my Laundry Mac™ when it’s not in use?
Hang it somewhere (anywhere you’d hang a wet coat) to dry then fold it away in the neat little drawstring bag it comes in.
Why use a Laundry Mac™?
Drying laundry in the home can lead to problems with damp as well as being unsightly and inconvenient. Tumble dryers use a lot of energy and are expensive to run. Laundry dries best and smells best when it can flap outdoors, but there is nothing worse than having nearly-dry laundry soaked by an unexpected shower. The Laundry Mac™ protects clothes from rain and enables you to get your washing dried outside whatever the weather.
Why is damp air a bad thing to have in your home?
>Damp air causes various problems, including the growth of rot and mould. Mould caused by damp produces allergens, irritants, and sometimes, toxic substances. These can cause health problems or exacerbate existing ones.
How much water is evaporated from a typical load of laundry?
A typical load weighs around 4 kilos when it goes in and 6 kilos when it comes out – that’s about 2 litres of water that needs to be evaporated out. If it hangs in your home, that is a whole lot of water that needs to find its way out somewhere, or be absorbed into the fabric of the home.