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Rotary Washing Line Information and Advice

Washing Lines banned by Council!!

I couldn't quite believe this when I read it. Croydon council had apparently banned rotary washing lines. They say that they are unsightly and are a health and safety risk. Well this article goes back a couple of years now so I thought I'd get an update from the council. I rang and eventually got through to the PR department who professed to know nothing about it! Storm in a tea-cup eh?

But that's not the case elsewhere. It's a big issue in the United States where line drying your clothes is considered an eyesore and is banned in some states. So much so, that there has been a film made about the issue. Have a look at their website for more details - http://www.dryingforfreedom.com.

How to untangle a rotary washing Line

If you've ever been in this situation, you know it can be really frustrating. I came across a forum post about this very subject over at the Money Saving Expert website, so I thought I'd pen a few words about it. If you find the washing line on your rotary washing line or airer has become hopelessly tangled, the best thing to do is to  enlist someone else to help you.

One of you should stand well back from the Rotary Airer whilst the other pushes the centre cross upwards to open out the arms as far as possible. Whilst holding it in this position the observer should should look for lines that have got crossed over one of the arms. Carefully undo all the tangles and gradually you will find that you will be able to progressively open the arms fully and lock the centre cross into position. If you still can't see the problem – it will almost certainly be a line caught across one of the arms. Change places and start again. We don't recommend that you untie the line to try to solve the problem.

It's worth mentioning that all Home Laundry Company Rotary Washing lines have a special velcro strip that secures the arms of the rotary in place when its out of use. This strip also secures the clothes line too and goes a long way in helping to stop clothes line tangling. You'll hear it mentioned in some of our videos.

The importance of pole diameter on a rotary washing Line

Firstly we should say that we do not recommend using Rotary Clothes Airer in high winds. The force of the wind on large sheets and bedding gives the same effect as the main-sail on a sailing boat. The forces of nature can be immense and so It's just common sense really! If you think it's to windy to go sailing then it's definitely too windy to use the Rotary Airer.

For that reason alone we have decided only to use Steel tubes for our centre poles. Aluminium is used by some of our competitors but we favour the stability of steel and in our view, in the long run, it gives far fewer problems.

ALUMINIUM: -

We never ever use Aluminium Tubes for split pole rotaries. The Aluminium is too soft and the relentless force of the wind will eventually cause a gradual weakening of the swagged interlocking jointing system. Additionally a sharp knock with a lawnmower can often cause an aluminium centre pole to buckle or bend.

CENTRE POLE DIAMETER: -

Many companies use a 32mm centre pole for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50mm Rotary airers. Here at the Home Laundry Company our smallest diameter centre pole is 35mm and we use this only on our 30m Rotary Airer. As the Airer gets bigger we progressively increase the diameter of the centre pole! So if you buy a 60m Rotary it will have a 50mmm centre tube. We think that this is critically important! And it seems that our customers agree with use – just look at our TRUST PILOT REVIEWS. 

So what's our policy here? Well, if you buy a small rotary washing line from us, it will have a 35mm steel centre pole . - and that should last you a long time (beyond the 5 year guarantee we provide).

But if you buy one of our larger rotary washing lines or airers (which is intended to carry the laundry load of a large family - or hotel etc) then you'll find that the steel centrepole is 50mm in diameter. And it needs to be!

So the moral of this story is..... check the specification of the rotary washing line you are intending to buy. Does it have a large enough diameter to be able to handle the washing load! 

Dry and Air your clothes naturally with a Rotary Washing Line

As electricity costs in the UK continue to rise, more and more UK consumers are deciding that the most cost effective way to dry and air their clothes and laundry is to do so naturally.  Here at The Home Laundry Company, we've seen a terrific rise in demand for products that can achieve this for the consumer, and the most effective of these is the Rotary Washing Line (or Rotary Airer or Rotary Dryer or Whirligig - there are many different names for this product, but they are all the same thing.)

Why are Rotary Washing Lines such a good idea for naturally drying your laundry and clothes? Well firstly they can be very compact. Our small Rotary Washing Line has a turning circle of just 1.8 metres so it can be used in even the smallest garden or back yard. But it still packs in 30 metres of washing line - and that tends to give enough drying and airing space for two people.

Secondly, Rotary Washing Lines are much more cost effective than using an electric dryer and give you a better return on your investment. I came across a recent article on air drying your laundry that made this point.

Thirdly (and you're not going to believe this!) they can keep you fit. Yes really! There is a lady in Australia called Karen Gatt who has written a book called The Clothes Line Diet. In the book, she describes how she lost weight and got fit by walking round her garden clothes line each day when pegging out her laundry and washing.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF NATURAL DRYING YOUR CLOTHES

Nowadays it is all too easy to empty your washing machine and transfer it to your clothes dryer. What most people don't realize however is the damage that running an electric clothes dryer has on the environment as well as the expensive running costs.

According to Procter & Gamble Co., the average American family does about 300 loads of laundry per year and the average home clothes dryer has a carbon footprint of approximately 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of CO2 per load of laundry dried. [1]

It is easy to see the negative impact that running an electric clothes dryer has on the environment.

In addition to the environmental damage an electric clothes dryer causes it is also the single most expensive appliance in the home to operate. These power hungry appliances use an average of 5.7 kw per hour which is double the power required to operate an electric cooker.

The biggest way to cut the environmental impact of cleaning clothes therefore is to stop or reduce the number of times you use an electric clothes dryer and to start using an outdoor clothes line instead.

There are also other advantages that result from using a clothes line to dry your clothes.

Constantly drying your clothes in a clothes dryer damages the fibres of the garments as well as causing them to shrink and fade. The heat generated in an electric clothes dryer can also set stains whereas if the item is dried outside the bleaching effect of the sun can help to reduce the visibility of the stain. 

Plus clothes smell great when they have been dried in the open air.

References

[1] Ball, Jeffrey (2009-03-01). "Six Products, Six Carbon Footprints". Wall Street Journal.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF USING A CLOTHES LINE

If you regularly use a clothes line to dry your washing give yourself a pat on the back because:

  • You Are Saving Energy
  • Reducing Pollution 
  • Preserving The Environment 

Before the introduction of the electric clothes dryer the only way to dry your washing was outside on a clothes line. Rows and rows of freshly laundered clothes and bedding hanging from clothes lines in back yards and gardens used to be a common sight.