Your busy schedule may not have allowed you to get your laundry hanging outside to dry during daylight. And you may have asked yourself if it would be okay to hang them out overnight.

But, as with everything in life, the answer to that question depends. The single largest driving force to this answer relates to where you live.

The climate where you reside is an important factor in determining whether your clothes can stay outside overnight. In more humid environments, morning dew can leave your clothes damp, moldy and with a funny smell.

It’s also wise though to check the local weather forecast regardless of where you live in order to be on the lookout for any potential storms overnight that could soak your clothes or blow them away in the wind.

Another environmental concern is the type of animals or insects in your area. Nocturnal animals could leave their scent on your clothing, or even reside in them overnight. And what could be worse than bringing your clothes inside the next morning only to find a spider inside your pants?

Leaving your clothes outside to dry overnight on a DIY clothesline to air dry your laundry is a risk. But it’s not impossible. The best way to tell if you feel comfortable doing this is merely to try it.

Maybe try it out on a piece of clothing you wouldn’t mind getting a little dirty or wet!