Simple Tips for Parents – Living Green

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents, Uncategorized | Posted on 19-04-2014

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Springtime always reminds me of birth.  Having a baby can (and will!) change your life, in more ways than one.  It may make you begin to think about or reconsider how you live, what you want to expose your child to, or even consider living “green” now that you have someone to personally pass the torch to, so to speak.  If you know someone who fits this description, some interesting tips can be found at this link from Living Green magazine:

Simple Tips for Living Green

Number 5 is part of our mission…helping you save electricity!  A SupaFold Folding Frame Clothesline makes a fantastic addition to a new mom’s laundry room…mounted near the washer it is the perfect place to hang all of those cloth diapers during the winter months, and then a Hills outdoor line for the warmer months makes the job simple.  Let the sun and breeze do your drying, naturally.   There can be many stains that appear on baby’s clothes that can be challenging to remove; the sun is a wonderful bleaching agent and can get the job done on some of the toughest spots.

Earth Day is just around the corner, every small thing we do does make a difference.

 

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Fun things to do…

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, College Student, gifts, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents | Posted on 27-02-2014

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Some things may seem like more work than they actually are, once you give them a try.  And if one is lucky enough, those projects or things we take on turn out to be more fun than we imagined, or maybe fun isn’t the right word…how about rewarding?

Line drying is no chore for us, we love, love, love to do it.  It is therapeutic for both of us and the kids even get in on the action.  It’s a relaxing way to get some fresh air and sun and take a minute to be mindful while stepping away from the grind of the day and hanging the wash…

Some may also want to look into making other changes beyond using the dryer less, and making one’s own laundry soap may be the next step.  I found this recipe for borax-free detergent that may fit the bill for those of you who want to give it a try.  A natural and simple thing to do; as much as we can avoid chemicals in our lives, we will.  Especially for our children.  Everything we do is for them…

Make your own laundry soap.

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Have fun with this recipe and here’s looking forward to Spring!  It’s out there somewhere…

It’s still winter!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents, Uncategorized | Posted on 15-02-2014

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Winter this year in the Northeast has been challenging, and fun, depending on your point of view.  As parents, we have tried to adopt the perspective of our children a bit, and get out and enjoy the snow.  If we can’t enjoy it, it will overwhelm us, so we may as well look on the bright side.  Spring is out there somewhere, but until the time when the snow melts, the buds bloom, and the warm breeze returns, thought we could all use some suggestions on how to help beat the winter blues.  If at least one is helpful, it’s worth sharing!

Boost your Winter Mood!

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Love your Line

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying | Posted on 29-01-2014

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What a fantastic article written a few years back regarding Hills and their Hoist…the line I love the most:

“And in 1994 the 5millionth hoist was sold and when you consider there are only 7.4million households in Australia, that’s a lot.”

Read it here:   Hills Hoist!

Australians are such exemplary conservationists…if only more would follow their examples…the benefits would be far reaching.

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Where to put all those wet winter clothes?!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, Clothesline Features, Drying Racks, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, Uncategorized | Posted on 21-01-2014

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If you are dealing with coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves all over the place during the winter, why not consolidate?  Keeping a Hills drying rack close to the door is a simple solution.

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Why have items strewn all over the house?  One rack, one place for all things wet.  Now, you may ask, why a Hills Rack?  Why not my $14 rack from some big box retailer?  If you think that that rack can handle all those wet, heavy items, please go for it!  We will be here waiting to provide you with the best Drying Rack your money can buy…reliable, sturdy, Hills.

Be the change in 2014

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Green, holidays, Line-Drying | Posted on 03-01-2014

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It is so easy to find reasons why line drying may not be something worth taking on…but whatever may be motivating you to look for a way to cut energy use in your home, be it financial, environmental, or just because you want to give it a try, it’s a simple way to make big changes.

If greening your routine is a resolution for the new year that you are considering, a Hills Clothesline or drying rack will make it easy to help you keep that resolution…it is always the right time to start.

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Crafty Gifts and Saving Energy

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, College Student, Festivals, gifts, Green, holidays, Line-Drying | Posted on 09-12-2013

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It’s that time of year when thoughts veer towards the gifts that can lovingly be given to family and friends.  Hills drying racks make great gifts for just about anybody.  But, if you want to give something handmade, and extra special but still relatively simple and easy, check out the Department of Energy’s blog about “Crafty Gifts for the Energy Conscious”, there are some terrific ideas!

Creative Ideas for Gift Giving

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Cyber Monday Hills Drying Rack Sale!!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, College Student, Drying Racks, Green, Uncategorized | Posted on 27-11-2013

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Welcome to the new and improved Breeze Dryer blog where you will find everything from fun facts about laundry and line drying to helpful hints and beyond! Be sure to sign up and check in for interesting information and some fantastic discounts…

Know a college student or apartment dweller who:

  •  Is tired of walking to see if there’s a dryer available for their wet clothes?
  •  Would like to conveniently dry clothes in the comfort of his/her own room?
  •  Is concerned about saving energy and the environment?

With enough space to hang a load of wash, the strength to handle even the wettest clothes and bedding, and the ability to fold flat for easy storage…it’s not a bird or a plane but a Hills Drying Rack!

Make line drying easier and take advantage of our Cyber Monday deal: 25% off any Hills Drying Rack purchase with the Promo Code TURKEYPEG.

This offer will be valid for ONE DAY ONLY, – Cyber Monday 12/02/2013 at www.breezedryer.com. 

(This offer does not apply to our 2-pack sale items or Nimble Drying Rack).
 

Take advantage of our special offers while they last!

 

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“Wishlist” makes it easy to create just that on the www.breezedryer.com website. Register with us to create an account and you will be able to create your own Wishlist and email it to friends and family!

Don’t know which rack is right for you or for the person to whom you’re gifting? Look for our “Gift Certificate” category and let your loved one choose for himself/herself. All in time for the holidays, it is the perfect opportunity to give a green gift this holiday season!

At Thanksgiving and throughout the year we are always grateful for our Breeze Dryer customers. Thank you for your business, your love of line drying, and for sharing us with family and friends. Together we can make a difference!

From our family to yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving!

The Breeze Dryer Family

 

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An easy way to celebrate Earth Day all year long…make EVERY DAY Earth Day.

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Drying Racks, Green, Line-Drying | Posted on 22-04-2013

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Today is Earth Day, 2013, and this day has held a bit less significance for us each year.  This may sound unbelievable, but it’s not that difficult to understand why:  we try to live our lives this way EVERY DAY.  For our family, Earth Day is something we are very grateful for, that this is recognized and celebrated by so many.  We just try to be sure that we live our lives as “green” as we are able.  The children are very involved and though we are not always perfect, no one is, we give it our best shot.  Line-drying, recycling, composting, organic gardening, it is all good.

Using a clothesline has allowed us to cut back our energy bill by an significant amount.  Given that we have 6 people in our family, it would be very easy to run multiple dryer loads a day.  We have not touched the dryer in probably 5 years.  Our younger children don’t even really know where it is located in the house.  I store some of our pantry items in the basement near it, and if I say “could you please go down and get this for Mommy, it’s near the dryer”, they give me a confused look until I explain further.  It is not the best landmark to use in our basement.

Our clothesline is in use most days during the week, and we can get an incredible amount of wash dried in one afternoon.  My personal favorite is our rotary because I don’t have to lug the laundry basket along the line and then can watch the clothes peacefully spinning in the breeze.  When the weather doesn’t cooperate, we go indoors and use one of our other Hills lines like the Portable 170 or Trilogy Airer.  It all makes a big difference, the little things.  Line drying may seem like something that is just too difficult and too much of a time waster.  It may seem like something a person can’t imagine doing, we’ve moved beyond this, and don’t need to use these things our grandparents used.

But remember, it is the little things, people making small changes that can add up to big changes.  Line-drying is retro.  It isn’t only good for your clothes, but for your spirit and the planet as well.   With a Hills product, you can also know that it will bring you many, many years of use, and add sustainability to it’s list of pros.  It’s truly not that difficult to make Earth Day every day.

 

Listen to your mother…

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Line-Drying, Uncategorized | Posted on 22-04-2013

My Mom has always line dried our family wash.  To this day, she does not own a mechanical dryer.  When the weather is good, wash goes out; when it’s not so good, the wash gets hung inside on drying racks.  To give a little perspective, growing up, our back yard was small, and I mean SMALL.  We had a clothesline that cut that yard straight through, right in half.  It was possible, as I got older and taller, to hit my head on it as we were playing.  It was good for one thing other than hanging wash on, and that was playing badminton (it substituted as our net).  My Mom got her Hills Rotary long before we were involved in offering them to others…  The following post is my Mom’s, her brief take on line drying through her life.  She tells it like it is, I am grateful for her perspective:

“Hanging clothes has always been one of my things.  I’ve never had a dryer and never really felt the desire to purchase one.  I’ve been hanging clothes for 54 years, ever since I began helping my Mom hang the family’s clothes, on a clothesline strung between two poles, in the backyard.

Needless to say, I’ve used a variety of clotheslines, over the years, from that rope line strung in the backyard, to a pulley line strung from our second floor apartment window (when we were first married), to a vinyl line strung from our home to another structure across our backyard (when we first moved into our home), to my current line, a very efficient Hills Rotary (which is situated in my backyard).

You just know when you have purchased the best product.  It gives you a very satisfying feeling, to say the least.  I am sure that years of research has brought this line to the point where it is today.  Lowering this line allows me to hang clothes comfortably.  Raising the line affords the clothes catching a good breeze.  The rotation feature exposes the clothes to all directions.  The sturdy construction ensures a long life.  The warranty gives reassurance of its quality.  The Rotary can be folded or removed from its yard socket, when more backyard space is needed (for that occasional party, etc.).

I’ve had my Hills Rotary for more than 15 years.  It looks and operates like the day I first used it.  Do I love this clothesline, or do I love this clothesline?!!!”