How To Hang Washing On a Retractable Washing Line?

Top tips on hanging wet washing on a retractable washing line.

If your clothesline is in a good position and you know how to hang washing on your retractable washing line correctly, then it can be a fast and effective way to dry your wet washing. A method that is also kind on clothes, thanks to the natural airflow not damaging fibres. Whilst also being environmentally friendly and essentially free to use after the initial purchase, it is no surprise that more people are investing in retractable washing lines for their homes. 


A sometimes tedious task, hanging washing on a retractable washing line may be easier and faster than you think by following these helpful tips. In this next section, we will outline several hanging tips to speed up drying time as well as reduce the number of wrinkles.


Retractable washing lines are relatively inexpensive nowadays. But there are still some very very cheap options available on the market. To ensure that you don’t get a retractable washing line that sags after a few uses, or a clothesline that will rust and mark your clean washing; it is worth the extra few pounds to buy a model with a coated wire that is both stronger and more durable.

If you are considering a retractable washing line for your home but are not sure what you need; why not read our latest Best Retractable Washing Line Review to find the perfect solution for you?


An important consideration that comes into play whenever you are buying something new for the home, price and value for money is key. If you compare the expense of buying a retractable clothesline to buying a clothes drying rack, retractable washing lines tend to be a little cheaper ranging from under £10 to £30, in comparison to £20-£40.


True to any clothesline and not just retractable clotheslines, before you hang out any wet washing, you should always run a damp cloth over the line. This helps to remove any dust or naturally dirt that may have built up since the last time you used the line.


Like with a poor quality clothesline, cheap clothes pegs can rust or discolour leaving marks on your clean washing. So, make that you look for clothes pegs that are resistant to rusting and discolouration. To help prolong the lifespan of your clothes pegs, you should always take them off the clothesline between uses. You can store them in a clothes peg bag that can hang next to your washing line or in your laundry basket inside.


Naturally drying wet washing can sometimes lead to fading or bleaching of clothes. If you are worried about your clothes fading from the sunlight, then place your retractable washing line in a shaded area that catches the wind.

On the other hand, if you want the sun to bleach your white clothes or sheets, position your retractable washing line tactically to catch the rays. Figure out where in your outdoor space catches the sun at which times and maximise the exposure your whites get to the sunlight.


To dry wet clothes as fast as possible, fully stretch the clothes out and hang them with small gaps in between with as many clothes pegs required to prevent any sagging. This will help dry clothes faster but may lead to a reduced amount of wet washing you can fit on the line.


In contrast to the above tip, if you have a large family or regularly do large loads of laundry then washing line capacity can be a more important factor. To maximise line capacity it is okay for your wet washing to share clothes pegs and slightly overlap. This obviously will increase the time it takes for wet washing to dry but maximises the amount of washing you can dry at one time.


Before hanging any wet washing on the line, you should always give it a thorough shake. This is true for everything from towels to socks. An extra little tip is to pull the corners tight on all of your wet washing once it is hung on the line. This helps reduce the number of wrinkles as the washing is fully extended when drying. It can also speed up the process of drying.


Although we try to promote the natural washing of clothes, if you really dislike the way that your jeans and towels are sometimes stiff after natural drying, we have a tip for you. If you briefly tumble dry these items straight from the washing machine for up to 10 minutes before hanging them out to naturally dry, the stiffness should be reduced.


We all know that when taking dry laundry off a retractable washing line we should fold it straight away. Although this is a little bit of a no-brainer, taking a few extra minutes to fold washing directly off the line will save a lot more time later when ironing. So, next time you are bringing the washing in, make sure it’s not thrown into the laundry basket and left in the corner for later.

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