Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's a Breeze-drying that is

I have always wanted to have a clothesline to dry clothes on.  It seems like such an environmental thing to do.  Sure, lots of people compost, but how many do you know that dry their clothes on a line?  How would a family of 6 accomplish this?  In the foggy bay area?  With my Extenda 4 retractable clothesline.  Breezedryer.com is where I found this nifty item.

It is retractable, but I rarely retract it.  It has 4 lines, so I can hang tons of clothes, etc on it.  I have conveniently located mine 1/2 in the direct sun and 1/2 under a covered area.  This is handy because I tend to leave my clothes hanging for a few days and they get re-damp if left in the open (fog and rain will do that).  It has a crank to make it taut and can really hold weight.  All summer long I hung out the kids' towels after swimming at the pool.  I didn't want to rewash and dry them every day for 5 days in a row of lessons.

Some keys to my success with this is that it is conveniently located near my washer dryer area.  As I said before, part of the area is covered.  It does not take up a lot of space.  Mine is mounted over and in front of some plants.  It is really a pretty area to "have" to hang laundry in.  Also, I can put sweaters on top of all 4 lines to dry them without hanging and stretching them.

My biggest issue is that the jasmine and trumpet vines that are planted on the fence behind it like to send their tendrils to the lines to grow.  Also, my original one came broken, so I had to swap it out.  Breeze was a breeze to deal with and I was up and drying in no time.

I got the wall mount system and had brackets made to extend it from my fence.  Another option is to post mount it, of which they also sell the posts.  You can get yours or eco-clothes-drying advice/items at Breezedryer.com.  Mine was $108.75 + $16.95 for shipping.  Now I want the easifold laundry trolley to shuttle my clothes out to the line.