Loving the Hills Rotary

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Green, Green Living, Laundry, Line-Drying, Saving Money, Uncategorized | Posted on 27-01-2016

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By now it’s clear that line-drying is something that we take seriously in our household.  With a family of 6, laundry is a daily ritual and one that is therapeutic for my husband who is the main wash-man.  He loves to be sure that there is at least one washload hanging at any point during the day in our home or in our yard.  Since it’s winter here in the Northeast, these days most of the clothes are hanging indoors, as as we’ve said before, this practice can add much needed moisture to the dry winter air inside your home.

But by far my favorite is hanging the wash outside on our Hills Rotary.  Couldn’t be easier.  Lots of wash in a small footprint.  Clothes beautifully waving while the rotary gently spins in the breeze.  When we were building our addition a few years ago, our rotary socket got covered in dirt, and try as we might, we couldn’t locate it.  During that time we hung the laundry using a simple line strung up between 3 different points in our yard.  It had to be put up and taken down on a regular basis because in order to make it convenient, it had to be close to the house.  That situation made it an obstruction in our “near” yard.  The kids had to play elsewhere and my husband or I had to be in charge of stringing and unstringing the line.  Doesn’t sound like a really big deal, right?  But with the amount of laundry we had, we needed plenty of line space.  I was completely and totally missing my Hills Rotary.  Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone:  classic example.

Our Hills Rotary sits outside most of the year, and we’ve even had wash dry on it earlier this January.  But now we’re back to drying inside on our Hills Portable Clothesline or one of the space-saving Drying Racks.  They truly do make getting the laundry done less of a chore!

 

Loving Winter

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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…

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.