SOS – Save our Sweaters!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, College Student, Drying Racks, Green Living, holidays, Laundry, Line-Drying, new parents, Saving Money | Posted on 01-12-2015

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This time of year is commonly referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year”.  Not so for many of the clothing articles that we have to work into our daily wardrobe.  Colder weather means lots of sweaters and bundling up with soft, fuzzy items that haven’t seen the light of day for months.  Many of us have a favorite piece, either because it’s been given to us by someone special or it holds special meaning in other ways, and it’s important to take care of these “delicates”.  Whether these items are super expensive or more reasonably priced does not affect their personal value to the individual.

Using a mechanical dryer can do damage to our most treasured items, and even those not-so-treasured (those we may not care about as much)…the excessive heat can dry out elastic, break down fibers and shrink items that we would like to use for years to come.  Did you know that the lint that collects and needs to be removed from the dryer filter is composed of broken down fibers from your clothes?!  A simple way to combat this and preserve the life of your clothing is by using a drying rack to dry delicates and those special sweaters, be they cashmere or not.

The Hills Trident 3 Clothes Rack has 3 tiers to save floor space, combining height and lots of drying area with a small footprint.  These are perfect not only for apartments, but for anyone, anywhere who’d like to be gentle to those items that can’t go into the dryer (hint, hint:  in the laundry room, the bathroom, anywhere!).

Click here for a video about how best to wash a cashmere sweater at home.  Though a mesh drying rack is recommended in this video, a rack like this needs counter space to dry…a Hills drying rack can accommodate not only this sweater but other items as well, without eating up valuable counter space.  One level of the 3 Tier can be dedicated to a single sweater and the remaining levels used to dry other items. Drape your clothes over the “lines” or use pegs to hang and decrease drying time, whichever you prefer.  (It is preferable to dry sweaters flat to decrease on stretching the fabric.)  Our drying racks also have specially designed lines, thin enough to accommodate pegs to hang the wash, but durable enough to handle even the wettest pair of jeans.

Check out the Hills 3 Tier, currently on SALE!, and some of our other fantastic racks at www.breezedryer.com.

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Experience Necessary

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, Clothesline Features, College Student, Drying Racks, Festivals, gifts, Green, Green Living, holidays, Laundry, Line-Drying, Mother Earth News, Shows, Vacation Homes | Posted on 28-01-2015

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For us, there are so many reasons to love a Hills Clothesline product.  Whether it’s an outdoor model or an indoor drying rack, the possibilities and applications are there; if you need the best line-drying product your money can buy, there is something for you.  We pride ourselves on our customer service and the products we offer…but now WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are in need of feedback, from you, our customers!  There are many options for line-drying; your opinion of your Hills Clothesline or Drying Rack is so important for us to help others.  The internet has made it possible for all of us to learn from others’ experiences, and we are hoping that you will share yours by reviewing a product (or products) at www.breezedryer.com.  It’s simple and easy once you are familiar with a Hills product:

1.  Log in to or register for an account on www.breezedryer.com.

2.  Leave a product review for one item (or more than one item that you own).

3.  Automatically be entered to win a $150 gift certificate to the www.breezedryer.com website!  It is that easy.

4.  This chance to win expires on February 28, 2015.  The random winner will be announced March 1, 2015.  Thank you!!

Everyone can get involved!

Everyone can get involved!

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…

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.

You’ve tried the rest…

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Festivals, Green, Line-Drying, Shows | Posted on 22-03-2012

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This past weekend, we attended the WNEP Home & Backyard Expo 2012 at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  It was an extremely well run event and we had a fantastic time meeting people interested in line drying.  As a web-based retailer, one of the things that we really appreciate about shows is our ability to have people see and feel the difference in Hills Clotheslines and Drying Racks.  Sure, I’ve said this before, but there is honestly no comparison with the “comparable” products out there.  And by that I mean if you go into a big box retailer and try to look for a clothesline, you will find 3 facts to be true:

1. The selection is minimal, most often a cloth line that you would string from tree to tree and need to prop to keep your clothes from brushing the ground.

2. If there are options, they are unattractive options.  Nothing special.  You work hard to make your home attractive and your yard and garden lovely…you should have the option of choosing from products that are not only functional but modern and styled to fit in with your surroundings, not stick out like a sore thumb.

3.  Products that are very cheaply made, because anyone looking for a clothesline cannot be expecting very much.  These are not meant to last long (designed to last 2-3 years at most), then you will be back to spend your money on another very soon.

I am not trying to knock an individual’s method of line-drying; however you do it, whenever and wherever, it is a wonderful thing that you are doing for so many reasons.  But Hills products are built to last; you have tried the rest, now try the best.  (yes, I had to say it.)  Being at a show or expo lets us bring the products to those interested and show them that there are choices out there, and so many of them.  Colors, sizes, styles…Hills has thought of it all and their products are constantly and consistently refined, and they listen to their customers.  Where do you find that anymore?  That is why we are happy to bring such quality to Americans who want to take a bit better care of their clothes and their wallets.  The Return On Investment (ROI) of Hills clotheslines and drying racks used regularly is less than a year.

We will let you in ASAP on the next show that we will be attending.  And if you want to give line drying a try, or if you have been line-drying for years and want to upgrade to products that will last decades beyond their warranty and will save money and energy, come see us!  We love to discuss the virtues of line drying.

 

Balancing Act

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Green, Line-Drying | Posted on 15-11-2011

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to mention nonetheless.  I’m sure most of our readers are aware of the fact that balance plays an important role in wash hanging.  If you string a single line across your yard, you wouldn’t necessarily hang the heaviest items in the middle, where the sag would overwhelm the line, although  the good old clothes “prop” poles do the trick.  The same “balancing act” goes for any clothesline that you may use.

There are unique features to the Hills Clotheslines that others just don’t offer.  We at Breeze Dryer are proud to claim them.  One good example is the spinning of the rotary in the breeze; it is not only lovely and calming to watch (can you tell how much I enjoy this?), but helps the clothes dry quicker.  Read the rest of this entry »

Line-drying in the winter?

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features | Posted on 31-01-2011

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The weather here in the Northeast has been a bit unpredictable this winter, and what a winter it has been…we’re not even halfway through!  If  you live where the seasons change, you’re interested in line-drying and want to do it throughout the year, Hills makes a clothesline for you.

For us and our family, the rotary is our outdoor clothesline of choice.  We love to watch the clothes spin in the breeze, it’s so relaxing.  We can get so many loads hung and drying at once that it’s a big time-saver.  But that scenario is still months away, so the clothes have their place drying inside.  Indoors, we use a Portable 170 and drying racks spread around the house to lend much-needed moisture and dry not only laundry but all of those pants, gloves and hats that the kids get covered with snow.

Even if you are a die-hard dryer user, there are probably a few items that you just can’t or won’t put in the dryer…delicates or other special fabric…so where best to hang them?  The Expanding Indoor Clothesline and the 3-Tier Mobile Airer are two options that are quick to set up and take down.  These can be used anywhere in a home, an apartment, at a beach house, etc, where temporary space is needed to dry.

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3-Tier fully loaded!

We have had customers ask “Is the 3-Tier strong enough to hold a sweatshirt?  It can’t be.”  For those familiar with drying products sold at big-box retailers, Hills quality is not something they are used to (more on the quality testing of Hills Clotheslines in future blog postings).  This past summer, we filled up the top rack of the 3-Tier with wet beach towels and suits.  Not a problem.

We use the EIC (Expanding Indoor Clothesline) to dry our heavy sweaters plus other clothes. With pegs or not, the possibilities are endless.

So, until the sun shines warmly again here in PA, we wish you happy line-drying inside, for now.