Brabantia pull out internal washing line
I have recently written a couple of reviews about my extendable outside washing line and clothes prop but this only helps with drying my washing when the weather is fine which unfortunately is not as often as I would like so I have to have alternative methods for when we are enjoying weather not so clement.
I do sometimes use my radiators and this works fine except that the windows tend to steam up and obviously it blocks some of the heat that we could be enjoying ourselves. I do tend to only use the radiators in the bedrooms where we have no one sleeping since the children have all moved out and left the nest. The radiators as drying methods only work when we have the central heating on and of course we do have rain at times of the year when we have no heating on.
I also have an airer that fold into three that I can hang a few items on in front of our fire but once again this is only useful when we have the log burner lit which again is only in winter so this method also does not work at times when it is not cold enough for a fire but it is still raining.
The solution was this neat little extending line that pulls out about 6 small lines across about a width of up to 4 meters. This then gives you up to 22 meters of drying line space. This can be fitted across the bathroom over the bath or wherever you have the space. My very clever husband put ours above our central heating boiler and washing machine in a cupboard in our utility room. This means that I can hand lots of smallish things away from sight and they dry because the boiler creates warmth to assist in the drying. This obviously works more efficiently when we have the central heating on but it does work at other time as we use the boiler to heat our hot water throughout the year.
This line can be retracted into the casing on one wall but because mine is so neatly tucked away I don't bother putting it away. It stays extended at all times and fixes to two hooks on the opposite walls. I have put it away a few times so I know that it retracts very quickly and easily.
My line has been up at least six years and has been used at least three times a week and often more often when we had my step daughter and her little one living with us and also when our two sons returned home for a few months too.
The lines are a sort of thin nylon string which seems quite strong and slips back into the casing very easily. There is a sort of plastic catch thing at the casing end that you can use to pull the strings tighter so that it keeps this drying line taught at all times.
The housing is made of a hard plastic and the hooks at the end to hold the lines taut are steel and screw into the wall with self screws. The main unit came with all the bits needed to fix it onto the wall but did require drilling but I am afraid that my husband was the one who fixed it up and it took him about 49 minutes but bear in mind it was in a cupboard above head height so not the easiest of places to get at. All the fixings and instructions with drilling template were included in the pack.
This little unit is really compact so if you had it in a bathroom it would look pretty unnoticeable if put away back in the unit it is white plastic mainly with aluminium fixings and steel hooks. So all the unit is manufactured out of made of durable, corrosion resistant materials.
This clever little line is for inside use only so is no use for hanging washing outside. I did think of putting ours in the garage but it fitted so neatly above our boiler and had the added benefit of heat from the boiler to help it dry the clothes.
I find that clothes put on these lines dry overnight if the boiler is on in the winter. At other times it can take 24 hours. I do find that if it is very wet that the clothes do not dry so well if all the lines are full so I tend to spread the clothes more thinly and use every second line otherwise if they take too long to dry they get that yukky damp smell about them. This is probably because mine is tucked in the cupboard and so the air doesn't move around as much as it would if it was handing in a room with air all around it.
Mine was actually a gift from a neighbor who was here when we were discussing putting a line in the cupboard. She said she had one that they were not going to use and rushed off to fetch it. That was very nice as I have found that they cost about £20. If you look on the Tesco direct website that they are £22 at this time so I am not sure what they would have been six years ago.
I am very happy with my extendable line and think it is a good sturdy long lasting product. I am even more pleased that it is tucked away out of sight drying my washing most of the time.
So this is a neat, compact drying solution that would fit in most houses somewhere. It is easy to fit ( says my husband) and it has given me over six years of good service.
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