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Energy-Saving Laundry Lines

Mrs. Pegg's Handy Line Dries Clothes Without Electricity

— December 16, 2008 — Eco
Mrs. Pegg’s Handy Line employs a folding frame that can be expanded and collapsed at will. It’s light and easy to move, can be used indoors or out, is low enough to reach comfortably, and can hold up to four king sized sheets. Australian Patricia Roberts designed the device in response to her own need for an inexpensive apartment-friendly clothes dryer. You can see it in use by viewing the video.

Drying clothes is something most of us do by tossing a wad of wet garments into a machine, but those who are more energy and environmentally conscious have rediscovered hanging clothes to dry. I came across Mrs. Pegg’s Handy Line for sale on the Simple Family Living website and was intrigued.

The clothes lines I was familiar with consisted of ropes between two tall tees. They were always too high and the lines sagged as wet clothes populated them. This made for a lot of frustration as clean sheets inevitably were on part of the line that dipped to the ground as other parts of the line rose far above my reach. So, I like the idea of something more user-friendly.

While it’s not high-tech, it is a high-touch, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible way to deal with the common household task of drying the wash.