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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Spring, I know you’re out there!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, garden beds, Gardening, Green, Green Living, Mother Earth News, pool, Uncategorized, What's New | Posted on 11-03-2015

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There is a wonderful gardening show on public radio called “You Bet Your Garden”, recorded right here in the Philly area.  The host has some excellent suggestions and recommendations for gardening the natural way, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.  One of the recent shows extolled the use of garden beds for planting.  They are ideal ways to garden, and simple to use and enjoy.

Breeze Dryer currently offers a number of Hills Garden Beds, each specifically designed to make your gardening experience an enjoyable one.  Check out our different sizes and styles here Garden Beds at Breeze Dryer.  The Hills Adda Garden Garden Beds are so simple to set up and use; visit our website, purchase the style you prefer, and it will arrive to you with minimal assembly required.  If you own a screwdriver, you can do this.  The galvanized steel walls provide for long term enjoyment and no contamination of your soil (as may occur using pressure-treated lumber or railroad ties…which we do not recommend).  You’ll be quickly on the path of warmer days and happy gardening.

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Mike McGrath, who provides endless knowledge of all things garden-related, and hosts the “You Bet Your Garden” show on WHYY and other stations throughout the country, can be found sharing some of his best garden bed info here:  YBYG .

Also, if bringing the garden to you is something you would enjoy, indoors or out on a deck or patio or wherever your imagination takes you, consider the garden bed with a base and ability to self-water (even while you’re away!) the Self-Watering Garden Bed is perfect!  With colors to match any decor and a top-notch reputation for reliability, the Hills SWGB is at home in apartments, homes, balconies…great colors too!

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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!

A Year’s Worth of Homemade Laundry Detergent – Less than $25 for 504 loads!

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Posted by laurabuck | Posted in Green, Green Living, Laundry, Laundry Detergent, Saving Money | Posted on 22-10-2014

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I remember my husband sending me emails with all kinds of  do-it-yourself money saving ideas after the birth of our daughter. .  I remember I loved deleting  them as quickly as they arrived as I was a new mom and could barely  get myself dressed and showered everyday before he came home from work!  Now that my kids are much older I have decided to revisit some of his earlier ideas and was so happy to find two really great and reasonable DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener recipes.

Karrie Truman has an amazing blog that I can’t stop reading! The ingredients you need are easy to find and if you have a Walmart and or Dollar Store near by then better yet!

Make your own Laundry Detergent

and why not make your own Fabric Softener Crystals too!

Check back and let us know how it goes!

 

 

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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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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