Now that the Ontario government says it’s OK to let it all hang out, why are you waiting to do it? Outdoor clotheslines help save the environment, reduce utility bills and are kinder to your clothes than dryers. And there’s something about hanging clothes against a blue sky dotted with white clouds that makes time slow down. 1. SPACE SAVER:
We found WallFix Dryer, a “one-handed operation” wall-mounted clothesline from Brabantia (distributed by Danica), which unfolds something like an upended umbrella and has the capacity to handle a full washload. Designed to be attached to brick, concrete or solid wood surfaces, it folds tight against the wall and comes with a protective, weather-resistant cover to keep the lines dry and clean when not in use. Fasteners are not included. It costs $169.99 at Canadian Tire. See Brabantia’s demonstration video and TV commercial video at www. brabantia.com. 2. CLOTHESLINE IN A BOX:
This handy kit from the Strata line includes one 45-metre steel-core, PVC-coated clothesline, two metal pulleys, one metal mini winch, one plastic spacer and two metal hooks. The kit comes in heavy-duty ($29.99) or mediumduty size ($24.99) at Home Hardware stores. Pieces can also be purchased separately at most hardware stores. 3. FOLDING FRAMES:
Trust Australians to come up with good ideas for drying clothes outdoors. Hills Industries Ltd. (www.hills.com.au/) has a number of mounted folding frame clotheslines. Home Hardware stores can order in most models. Capital Home Hardware, 736 Bank St., has in stock a 2.23-metre by 1.6metre glide-lift frame that holds 21.4 metres of drying space, enough for a family of four. $79.99.
A little striped number with matching lavender blue clothespins. The bag, $4.99, and clothespins, $2.99 for a package of 48, are available at Canadian Tire. 5. CONFIDENCE INSPIRING:
Isn’t it comforting to know that Strata clothesline products and accessories, such as this indoor/outdoor reel clothesline ($19.99, Home Hardware), come from BenMor, a company in StHyacinthe, Que., that makes, among other industrial needs, heavy-duty cables for the aerospace industry? You can view a complete online catalogue of Strata clotheslines and accessories under the retail division at www.ben-mor.com. 6. SQUEAKY GREEN:
Bamboo clothespins by Natura have arrived at Home Hardware stores. Pick them up for $1.99 for a package of 24. 7. LOGO LAUNDRESS:
Tide (www.tide.com) has come out with its own line of clothes pins, Tide Smart Clip, with rubberized surfaces and impressive springs that give a gentle touch to your most delicate fabrics. They are $4.77 for a package of nine at Zellers. 8. PEG YOUR STYLE:
This shiny black clothespin bag with a white mesh overlay proves that carrying bags are becoming the fashion accessories of the laundry set. Team it up with slender lime plastic pegs. The bag is $3.99 at Home Hardware. Clothespins, $3.99 for a package of 24 at Canadian Tire. 9. HANGING AROUND:
This brightly coloured tin hook with its old-time advertising will add a touch of nostalgia and convenience to your laundry duties. It’s $5.25 at Glebe Emporium, 724 Bank St.