New Item Alert: Gullwing Drying Rack!

Back to school time is upon us, folks! 

For those of you who are sending your son or daughter off to their first year of college, you may have already dropped them off at the dorm.  Did you get them all set up with everything they’ll need for dorm life?  Twin XL size sheets, organizers for their cramped closets, maybe a comfortable desk chair or a new laptop?

What about laundry solutions – did you think of that?  First time dorm-dwellers need more than just a portable hamper for laundry day.  Remember, dorms don’t usually come with all the convenient items you have in your laundry room or home.  What about a drying rack?  These come in handy especially for girls, because they tend to have more delicate items like blouses and undergarments that cannot be machine dried.

gullwingI’d like to introduce you to the Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack.  Here are it’s many benefits:

1. It folds down for space saving storage, which every college student needs.

2. There are extra hooks and racks for laying sweaters flat or drying gym shoes.

3. The laundry drying rack holds a lot of clothes, so your son or daughter can choose to hang dry all of their clothes, which will save them money on laundry costs (and in the end, save YOU money, right?)

This is a great way for your first time college student to learn about independence and taking care of themselves away from home.  But, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you are thinking, This would be great in my own laundry room!  You’re absolutely right.

Drying Racks Gift Guide

Just in time for holiday shopping, I have compiled a list of favorite clothes drying racks.  “Why on earth would I buy someone a drying rack as a gift?”, you say.  Because a clothes drying rack is something that every one needs!  Get one for your wife, your sister, a friend, anyone who needs a new solution for hanging clothes to dry.  I have made sure to include something here for everyone, including apartment dwellers, home owners and everyone in between!

This expandable drying rack is perfect for anyone.  It has the ability to expand and contract to meet one’s needs.  It holds a large capacity without taking up too much space:

For someone who doesn’t have a lot of space in their laundry room, or doesn’t have one at all, this countertop rack is ideal.  Best of all, it can be folded down and stored in a tight space when not in use:

Another space saving solution for garment drying racks is something that hangs over the door, like this one:

Someone with a large family and enough space in their laundry room would benefit from a larger, more traditional drying rack.  I recommend this one because it offers A LOT of hanging space:

Last but certainly not least, this over door drying rack is the simplest and smallest solution, to meet the most basic needs.  It also makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

As you can see, drying racks come in all shapes and sizes and there is just about any kind available to meet everyone’s needs.  Show someone you really care about them this holiday season with an unforgettable gift like the ones I’ve listed above.  Happy Holidays folks!

Here’s where you can find these awesome clothes drying racks:

1.  Expandable Clothes Drying Rack by Household Essentials

2. Countertop Drying Rack by Polder

3. Brabantia Door Drying Rack

4. 3 Tier Airer Clothes Drying Rack by Moerman Americas

5. Over the Door Hanger Holder – Set of 2

Clothes Drying Racks – Everyone needs a good one!

Whether you have access to an automatic dryer or not, manual line clothes drying is a necessity for almost anyone!  Some of us don’t have a machine to dry our clothes and even those of us who do, often have to line dry delicate garments.  I have noticed that line drying clothes is becoming popular as a “green” way of living.  It cuts down on energy use and will save you a little money monthly (and everyone is looking to save a penny here and there in this economy).

Now, you can find just about any kind of clothes drying rack for sale out there on the internet.  Whether you need something to hang a whole load outside, a few garments in your laundry area, or a load over the bathtub in your tiny urban apartment.  There are laundry racks that hang over the door, mount to the wall, stand over the tub, extend from the wall, and everywhere in between! The reason this topic interests me is because it applies to just about everyone.  Even if all you need to hang dry is a blouse or pair of stockings here and there.

When looking for a rack to dry garments and laundry, consider your needs.  First and foremost: capacity.  Are you going to be drying whole loads of laundry or just a few pieces at a time?  Secondly, consider how much space is available; do you have a laundry room, a back yard, or just a space in your bathroom?  Will you need to use a wall mounted drying rack to save floor space, or will you have to go with a freestanding rack because the landlord won’t abide wall damage?  Whatever your needs, there’s sure to be a perfect clothes drying rack out there for you!

Take Advantage Of Summer To Save Money

With long, hot days that never seem to end, summertime can be quite expensive on energy costs. For most of the United States, an air conditioner in the summer is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. Unfortunately, air conditioners can be pretty costly on your energy bill as they take a lot of electricity to operate. However, the good news it there are some things you can do to even out the cost of running an air conditioner all summer long.

A great way to utilize the excellent summer weather and cut down a bit on your electricity consumption is dry your clothing on an outside line or a drying rack. I for one get very sweaty in the summer, so I am always doing laundry to keep up with my demand for clean clothing. Drying loads upon loads of clothing can add up quite a bit on the energy bill. Cutting down on mechanical drying is a great way to lower your energy costs in the summer, bringing them down closer to spring or autumn levels. I like to take advantage of that hot summer air while I can – I find that it dries clothing just about as fast as a dryer!

Pullout Wooden Clothes Drying Rack

Pullout Wooden Clothes Drying Rack

The Clothes Drying Rack – Wall Mounted – wood is a great choice for those that have a space to wall-mount a drying rack. This is a great option because it does not take up any floor space and will always be right there for easy use.

Collapsible Clothes Drying Rack

Collapsible Clothes Drying Rack

However, some of us do not have a good spot to mount a drying rack – or others, like me, are renters and cannot be making permanent installations in the wall. In this case, I would recommend purchasing a product like the Collapsible Drying Rack. It is like this product is tailor-made for my situation. It can be folded down to a very small size, which is perfect for someone that is tight on space like me. It is pretty lightweight as well, so it I can move it all over the house so it is always in the sun.

While I try to cut back on my AC use to save on electricity, this just goes to show there are many other alternatives one can take to cut back on energy costs in the summer.

How To Keep Your Home Green Even In The Heat

30-Line 210' Steel Clothesline - by Household Essentials

30-Line 210′ Steel Clothesline – by Household Essentials

What with running the air conditioner or having blowing fans throughout the house summer can seem like a difficult time to take any environmentally friendly steps around the house. That doesn’t have to be the case though! Make the most of that hot summer sun with items that span from the traditional to high tech.

Don’t waste money drying clothes in the dryer when a classic clothesline can do the job just as well. Adding a clothesline like the 5-Line Retractable Clothesline is a convenient way to gain drying space when it’s needed. This clothesline features a retractable design so the line can be stored out of sight when not in use.

Looking for a more heavy duty drying option? The 3″ Diameter Clothesline Post or the 30-Line 210′ Aluminum Clothesline provide lots of clotheslines for drying. These clotheslines are great for a larger yard with lots of space for a more permanent option. A clothing line is a must have in the summer when there are always towels from the pool that need to dry. Keeping clothes out of the dryer is also a good way to cut down on the wear and tear of drying in a dryer.

Like to enjoy the backyard at night? Save energy by choosing outdoor lights that stores up sunlight with built in solar panels so you can enjoy your garden night and day. Coming in a variety of designs and styles it’s easy to find lighting that looks great with your décor and works with your lighting needs. Consider using solar powdered lighting in the front yard as well. Light up your address plaque or front walkway with a solar powdered light so the light doesn’t have to pull power off the grid.

With a few small steps you cut back on energy use and energy bills which is good for the environment and your wallet.