Tips On Using A Retractable Washing Line

Tips on how to use a retractable washing line

Retractable clotheslines are common features in gardens and outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom. Offering large amounts of drying space and providing the flexibility of being hidden away when not in use, their popularity as a standard household fixture is ever-growing. Although seemingly simple in its design, it is important to erect and use a retractable washing line properly in order for optimal performance and to elongate its lifespan. In this helpful guide, we explain how to get the most out of your retractable washing line!

Correct Installation is Key

If you don’t install your retractable properly, then you may begin to experience problems when you start hanging out your clean washing to dry. Poorly installed retractable washing lines can fall down under the weight of wet washing, leaving your newly cleaned clothes needing to be washed again.

All different retractable clotheslines have different installation guides and techniques. It is important that you carefully read the instructions that come with your clothesline before you begin the installation process. Not sure on which model to buy? Read our Best Retractable Washing Line Review

If you don’t have the proper tools required to fit your rotary clothesline, our advice at Washing-Line is that you go out and buy the proper tools or borrow them from a friend. One of the most important things to note when installing a retractable washing line is that you are placing the unit the right way up, sounds simple we know – but it’s always good to check!

Another key thing to note is that you should always measure the space you have available before you purchase a retractable washing line in order to make sure you choose the best length washing line for your space.

Hang Washing Evenly

Now comes the hanging of your newly cleaned washing. It is important that you hang your clothes, bedding and other clean washing across the line evenly. Hanging washing all on one side will not only put unnecessary pressure on the line, and will also dry the washing less efficiently, leading to a much longer drying time. Take into account that some materials hold more water making them heavier when wet and try to evenly distribute these heavier items across the length of the line. 

Storing Pegs Indoors

Another often overlooked part of washing line maintenance is where you store your clothes pegs, this is especially important on retractable clotheslines as all pegs need to be removed before retracting the line back into the casing. Our advice at Washing Line is to always store your clothes pegs in a dry place.

A lot of people leave clothes pegs outside with their clothesline because it’s slightly more convenient for when they are next hanging washing. Unfortunately, leaving washing pegs outside and exposed to the elements like this is likely to lead to them having a much shorter lifespan. Wooden clothespins will begin to rot if left exposed to wet weather and the metal fixtures on all pegs will eventually rust if consistently exposed to the elements.

Our top tip is to always keep your clothes pegs with your washing machine instead. This way, you will always know where they are and can simply be placed on top of your washing basket next time you are on the way to hand your washing out.

Peg Your Washing Securely

As a rule of thumb at Washing Line, we advise that each item of washing should be hung up by at least one clothes peg. The number of pegs used per item should be decided using common sense and taking into account the size of the item and its weight when wet.

If hanging a piece with a fairly large length, such as a bedsheet, you should use several pegs spaced evenly in order to secure it to the line. Alternatively, if you are hanging an item such as a woolly jumper that is extremely heavy whilst wet, extra clothes pegs should be used to distribute the weight along the line and stop unnecessary straining.

It’s important that everything has clothes pegs and is not just folded over the line. If you’re drying them inside, it might be okay to fold some over the line as there is a reduced risk of items falling onto the floor. However, when hanging washing on a retractable washing line outside, they ideally need to be on the pegs or else they could fall and become soiled, or worse, be blown away.

Hang Your Washing At The Prime Time

You may think that you can put your washing out to dry at any time, day or night. Unfortunately, this is not exactly true. The best washing drying times are between 10 am in the morning and 2 pm in the afternoon. If you have your clothes out at 10 am in the morning on a nice summer day, they will more than likely be dry by midday, whilst on days with less favourable weather, the slower drying time means they will be dry by 2 pm.

The further away you get from that peak window, the longer it’s going to take for your washing to dry. If you put them out at night and leave them until the morning, it is highly unlikely that they will be any less dry in the morning, especially in the Great British climate. 

Fold Washing Off The Line

All be it a tedious task, folding your washing as you unpeg it from the line and placing it directly into your basket will help minimise creasing and promote freshness. Instead of just tossing them in a pile, start folding them as you place them down. It will save a lot of time in comparison to picking them back out of the basket and folding them again later and then bringing them to their desired location.

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