The Retractable Clothesline: A Good Choice Or A Mistake

If you don’t know the advantages of using a clothesline when drying clothes, you’ve come to the right place. They save on your electricity bill. They save the earth from damaging pollution from power plants. They won’t make your house hot in the summer like dryers do. Okay, so you’re convinced. So now which clothesline do you choose? There are a ton out there. There’s the folding wooden drying rack, the folding metal drying rack, lines that the you line from your house to trees, and the retractable clothesline.

The retractable clothesline is a favorite to many. There are several advantages. Yet, many people still don’t use it. Let’s examine why it is so beloved. Then let’s examine why some people despise it.

The best part about them is that they don’t take up much space because they’re retractable. It’s often wall-mounted so it only takes up the amount of space that a small picture would. As more of us are downsizing our living space, we need to conserve our space. We need to look at furniture that folds up into small places or retracts into the wall. This is an ideal solution. If you don’t have a lawn because you live in a city, or if you have a small apartment or house, this is a great option. You don’t have room for an outside, fully extended clothesline.

Retractable clotheslines aren’t hideously unattractve. This is very important to a lot of people. When your clothes finish drying on a retractable, the lines goes back into the wall. They’re gone. No one even knows that they were there. Sometimes if you have a big ugly clothes rack in your backyard, you’re violating the homeowners association rules. This can put you in some trouble. You can avoid all that by having a retractable that no one knows is there.

It’s not all roses and sunshine. There are some disadvantages to them. As more and more of our products are being made in China, the prices are dropping. With the prices goes the quality. The cheapest models of the retractable clotheslines are bound to break. After a number of uses, they won’t fold in correctly. They might not pull out all the way. You may not be able to lock the lines the same way. There are a whole number of the gears inside that can start to fail. With each one a new problem could arise. Note, this isn’t a problem of the clothesline. This is a problem of the cheap products. If you’re not cheap in the first place and get one that’s meant to last, you won’t have this problem. The same problem is true of any other air drying products. If you get a drying rack that is too cheap it will start to crack prematurely and you will not be able to use it anymore.

Along the lines of the cheap clotheslines that break, cheap clotheslines are very small. Sometimes there is an overlap in these two products. Before you buy, make sure you understand how big clothesline is going to get. Some expand to over 100 feet. There’s no reason to feel limited by how big they can get.

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