Image credit: Urban Clotheslines
I know I've said it before, but this time it's really going to happen. I'm finally going to install a clothesline. Last time I wrote about this, I didn't really have any excuses for not doing so sooner - so this time I certainly don't. (Although August in North Carolina isn't the best time for drying clothes outdoors.) But now I am finally going to make the investment, I want to do it right, so what kind of clothesline should we use? At our previous rental place, we just strung up rope between trees - but now we're more settled, I'd like a more permanent and convenient solution. It turns out there are whole websites dedicated to clotheslines and air drying - so I certainly won't be short of options to research.
TreeHugger has already covered the awesome looking Cord-o-clip clothesline that claims to make loading a clothesline 60% faster and removing the clothes 90% faster, but I've always been kind of fond of the simple rotary lines. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but a quick internet search reveals a number of online retailers that are dedicated to selling clotheslines, drying racks and other supplies for those who want to return to a greener, simpler (and cheaper!) form of drying.
Urban Clotheslines is an excellent place to start looking - selling everything from rotary clotheslines to retractable clotheslines to ceiling-mounted drying racks, they have a comprehensive and attractive looking selection of systems, although they seem to be on the high end in terms of pricing.
Clotheslineshop.com also has a nice selection of indoor and outdoor systems, some of which start for around $60. (Stephen and Rebekah Hren, authors of the Carbon Free Home, tell me that you can save as much as $100 a year using a clothesline instead of a dryer, so this is a good price.)
And of course, if you're not looking for a specialist retailer (and not worried about the increasing homogenity of the online retail environment!), Amazon has a crazy big selection of clotheslines and drying supplies.
So there we have it. Clotheslines are everywhere. Now my only excuse is how long it's going to take me to make a decision...