Enjoying great weather with a clothesline


There’s something magical about drying clothes on a clothesline. It’s an act of symbiosis between nature and a human.

A person takes their clothes and uses the sun and wind to dry them. No electricity, no machines.

One of the best things about buying a home, for me and my family, was the chance to put a clothesline up.

My daughter, who turned 10 this year, got to hang out clothes for the first time ever. It was an act I took for granted until she started doing it. The first time ever, while hanging up the clothes, my daughter Hannah looked at me and said: “This feels kind of beautiful.”

And she’s right, it does feel kind of beautiful, just to take a little time and hang up clothes in the sunshine, enjoying a little quiet time and communing with nature.

That’s one of the reasons we’re proud to announce our partnership with G&G Clotheslines. G&G makes the original classic, umbrella-style clotheslines for homes. They’re great products, made from steel and Southern Pine harvested in Arkansas and roped with weather resistant 3/16″ diameter, hollow braid rope.

“That’s proven to be resistant to insects and moisture,” Keith Wilson, of G&G said. “This rope has proven to be very good material.”

They’re made in America in Parkersburg, Iowa to be exact. The design is more than 100 years old. It was first patented in 1915, the design holds up well. G&G has continued the tradition by purchasing the product line in the early 70s.

Because of its umbrella shape, the clothesline can be used in small yards. The company makes three sizes: A full featured 9 ft. diameter, an economy 13 ft. diameter and a full featured 14 ft. diameter.

That means the clothesline can be erected even in some apartment allotments. Also, when it’s not in use, it folds up and stays out of the way. Unlike a traditional clothesline, the design also rotates with the wind, this makes the Sunshine Clothesline a lot more efficient.

“It allows you to stand in one place and rotate the line and bring the clothes to you,” Wilson said.

That action makes all the difference. Instead of hauling a basket full of wet clothes up and down a line, users can rotate the open spots to them and hang all their clothes.

The Sunshine Clothes Dryer

It’s the type of thing you didn’t know was a problem until you suddenly don’t have to do it. The design also allows better airflow through the clothes. Since the clothes are hung at different heights, the clothes dry faster than clotheslines hung at the same level.

It’s a design feature that makes using the “Sunshine Clothesline” a bit easier, taking an already pleasant chore and making it even better.

The Sunshine Clotheslines are also easy to set up. Each clothesline is shipped with a Ground Socket which can be anchored in the ground with or without concrete.

There are no tools required to assemble the clothesline in fact, the only tool you need to install it is a shovel. G&G has a great record of taking care of their customers. With just four employees, the company manages to produce a large amount of Sunshine Clotheslines each year.

“We rarely have warranty problems,” Mr. Wilson said. “It’s important to us, that each customer gets a clothesline we would want to use.”

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Melissa has a background in marketing, brand management, graphic design and photography. She left corporate America to pursue her dream of living a simpler life. Simpler doesn’t always mean easier but she enjoys every minute on her small homestead. She loves to cook, practice herbalism and gardening. Her passion is spreading the word about sustainable living and sharing her love of herbalism and living from scratch.

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