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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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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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.