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Hanging Clothes the "New" Old-Fashioned Way

Updated on January 29, 2017

Drying Under the Coconut Tree

My space-saving Brabantia rotary umbrella clothesline.
My space-saving Brabantia rotary umbrella clothesline. | Source

I recently treated myself to a new rotary umbrella clothesline. Yes, I realize a rotary dryer may not be a new idea to many of you reading this page, but it's a novelty to me that I'm sure won't wear off quickly. I'm so pleased with this product I just had to write about it and share my thoughts.

Previously our clothes were dried via the traditional 4-lines strung between two galvanized posts in the backyard. The line was located behind our cottage. Unfortunately, our home acted as a sort of windbreak which was not ideal for drying clothes.

This new rotary umbrella clothesline really makes the act of hanging up clothes FUN! I relocated this new dryer to an area of our backyard that takes full advantage of our wonderful trade winds here in Hawaii. This spot gets several more hours of sunlight per day which makes the clothes dry much faster now, in turn making it possible to do several loads in a very short time.

What else do I love about my new method of hanging clothes? Here are a few highlights:

  • This rotary line is portable.
  • Very easy to install and take down.
  • Rotary Umbrella Dryer has a zippered cover to keep the line clean when not in use.
  • The in-ground post can be positioned to take advantage of the wind and sunshine.
  • It is built strong to hold lots of clothes, but is super lightweight to easily stow away when not needed.
  • In-ground post comes with a cap to cover it and prevent rainwater from entering the post.
  • Post and protective cap are below the surface of the yard making it possible to mow right over it with your lawnmower.
  • Loads of drying space on this line versus a traditional clothesline.
  • You don't have to lug around a heavy clothes basket. Just simply stand in place and spin the lines toward you.

Maybe you have to be a certain age to appreciate the feel and smell of clothing and bedding that's just been brought in from the clothesline, but I like to think it's something more than that. Using this outdoor dryer I'm also saving money, getting a little exercise and leaving a little less carbon footprint. I just had to give this product the rating it deserves....5 stars, of course!

Just Like Mine

Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Dryer Clothes Line - 196 feet, 311048
Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Dryer Clothes Line - 196 feet, 311048

I was astounded at the amount of laundry I can fit on this dryer and because I located it in a ideal spot the clothes dry so quickly. Plus it actually makes laundry fun. :)

 

This Product Deserves 5 Stars

5 stars for Brabantia Rotary Clothes Dryer

Holding the Pins

No matter the type of clothesline you choose, you will need clothespins to help you accomplish your task. I prefer to use a basic clothespin bag like the one shown below. It's easy to make one of these bags with only a few materials. (You can learn to make a pin bag like mine following the caption link in the picture below labeled SOURCE.)


DIY a Basic Clothespin Bag

DIY Basic Clothespin Bag
DIY Basic Clothespin Bag | Source

Sew a Pocket Apron to Hold Pins

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There are other alternatives to clothespin bags. When she hangs clothes on her backyard line, my niece wears an apron with an overlay I sewed for her. The overlay section creates a huge pocket to hold the pins.
A pattern like this allows you to combine some really fun contrasting fabrics. And who doesn't love some jumbo rick rack as trim? I chose red rick rack to compliment the fresh cherry print.



See This Rotary Dryer In Action

Two Loads Drying in a Small Space

This rotary dryer is space-saving also for those with limited drying areas.
This rotary dryer is space-saving also for those with limited drying areas.

No Backyard??? No problem!

If you don't have a backyard to hang your clothes, you may want to look at a wall-mounted rotary clothes dryer that attaches to the outside of your home or outbuilding.This style folds back against the structure when not in use. Another space saving and money saving product!

How's It Hanging?

Which clothesline would you prefer?

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In-Ground Support

In-ground support sits just under the surface. Even with protective cap in place when unit is not in use, you can mow right over it.
In-ground support sits just under the surface. Even with protective cap in place when unit is not in use, you can mow right over it.

Wringer Washer Attachments - Remember Those?

At the age of six I was already helping mom with the laundry. We used an old wringer washer and it did a super job of wringing excess water out of the clothes. It's still a great product today, especially for anyone who is thinking of living off-grid.

Do you currently use or have you used in the past either a rotary dryer or a wringer attachment?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a fun way to hang out the clothes. I miss having a clothesline!

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      For me, clotheslines MUST be portable because I like them out of sight when my clothes are not being hung out for drying.

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      Scott A McCray 2 years ago

      I grew up with the old fashioned linear style - this is much more efficient.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      What a great idea, and a way to save energy. very nice job :)

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      Claudia 2 years ago

      This brings back such memories, I used to hang all of my cloths, including diapers years ago.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Clothes lines are becoming a rarity around where we live. Our electric dryer broke a couple of weeks ago, and ours came in pretty handy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are speaking out language. We do this all summer long. Nothing beats the smell and feel of clothes hung on a line. Great write. Let's bring back the old ways.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      billybuc, I'm lucky enough to be able to use my all year round here.

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      Mary Beth Granger 2 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      It would be great to live in a climate where you could use a clothesline all year long. Here in mid America it is mostly a thing of the past.

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This clothesline sounds like it has all the features for me to do some clothes hanging. We have a trade wind that starts up at noon. Clothes would dry in an hour in my estimation.

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      Frischy 2 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I'm sold. I am currently using a clothesline strung across the back yard. It doesn't look very good and has to be propped up with a board lest my sheets drag on the ground. I am going to start saving for this rotary line. It looks much nicer than what I have now.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Kathryn, seriously.....this thing is awesome! It comes with a zippered cover in case you want to leave it up after use. I take mine down each time. It is a super strong line BUT is so lightweight and easy to transport. Plus IT MAKES LAUNDRY FUN! :)

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      Frischy 2 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      It looks very sturdy. The one I had previously turned out to be flimsy. It broke the first summer I had it when my child was helping me take the laundry down, and pulled on a towel instead of lifting it off the line. I had to hold it together with duct tape. It quickly became an eyesore. This one looks like it could stand up to some minor mistreatment.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I will vouch for the sturdiness of this. Not kidding. It is a quality product. :)

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      Writing Nag 2 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      This is clever! I love clothes line dried clothes and this makes it even easier.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Isn't it? :) Truly, I'm turning into kind of a "nut" about this rotary clothesline, but what the heck, it IS fun to hang out my clothes now. ha

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Believe it or not, my grandmother had a rotary clothesline when I was a little girl, which was a VERY long time ago! I always thought it was just the neatest thing. I think yours is an improvement over hers, but still the basic design. I still think it's the neatest thing!

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Susan, they ARE neat! :) I keep gushing over this clothesline like it's the 8th wonder of the world. haha Maybe it's not, BUT it has been a wonderful improvement for me on laundry day. :)

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      Ann Hinds 2 years ago from So Cal

      I grew up with a rotary clothesline and had one as a young adult. I would really like another one so I will check into this. I just have to remember to get the clothes off before our 3:00 pm "breeze" kicks in and blows dirt all over everything.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This was my very first experience with one. I can say truthfully, "I never want to go back to the standard clothesline." :)

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      This looks like quite an interesting concept. It looks pretty sturdy.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Cheryl, it's very sturdy but actually lightweight to handle. I take it down each time after I use it and literally takes me seconds to do it. :)

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      B Lucy 2 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Wonderful hub. There is nothing better than sinking into bed on "clothesline" sheets!!

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Isn't that the truth, B Lucy? :)

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      This hub takes me back to the days when drying your clothes on a clothesline was simply every day reality. I remember putting clothes on the line as one of my chores as a child. But now I seldom even see a house with a clothesline. Ours certainly doesn't have one.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I think some homeowners associations disallow clotheslines. Well, at least many say they "can't be visible" to neighbors. Good grief! However, I think this clothesline is perfect in those cases because it's so portable.....the clothes would be dried and the whole kit and kaboodle put away before a neighbor could even rat you out. :)

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      Love the apron clothes pin holder. It's so nice to put fresh sheets on the bed that have been hung outside. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thank you! There is a link just below the picture of the pin bag for a tutorial if you want to make one of your own. :)

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      KiwiSanet 2 years ago

      I use a rotary clothes line too. Think they are the best. I like bringing the smell of sunshine into the home with fresh smelling sundried clothes.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Aren't these just the best?! I won't ever go back to the other method now that I've used one of these rotary dryers. :)

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I actually like several kinds of clothes lines and this is one of them. It depends on what I'm drying at the time. The problem with this one is it won't fit on my porch :) If it could, it would be there.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This brand also has a rotary spin top that attaches to the side of a house. :)

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I like that feature. Very handy.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      An interesting way to deal with high electricity rates. Some say that outdoor drying makes the clothes smell better anyway.

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