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How to do laundry like a pro

clothes drying

Seems like a silly statement doesn’t it? Actually, it’s not at all. You’d be surprised about how many mistakes are made every day when it comes to laundry. There’s always an efficient method for anything, even your household chores. To impress those around you and to share some wisdom, let’s guide you through how to do your laundry like a pro.

Ways to wash your clothes

Hand wash

It doesn’t have to be just a washing machine to get the job done, especially when we are factoring in different materials and energy costs. Some materials require you to hand wash them, especially if they’re delicate. Next time you see a little stain on your tea towel or clothing, consider giving them a quick wash in the sink using the right soap instead of chucking a small load in and using needless energy.

Make salads and a quick wash

Did you know your salad spinner can help with your laundry too? These kitchen gadgets can help you go greener in more ways than one as they are also ideal for washing delicates: your bras, underwear etc. Just add the items into the strainer and wet them under the tap before adding some detergent and spinning. Leave them for 10 minutes, and then rinse them under the tap to clear the soap.

The trusted washing machine

And, of course, when you’ve separated your clothes into the right piles, the washing machine is super efficient because you can set them to a range of different settings. Always refer to your appliance’s instructions and your clothing labels. New denim jeans may need to be washed completely separately the first few times for any colour runs – and they don’t actually need to be washed as often as you think. Cottons have their own setting, and towels benefit from higher temperatures and no fabric softener. Mostly though, keeping your washing energy setting at 30 or 40 degrees will be absolutely fine for your general everyday clothes depending on how dirty they are. 

Protecting clothes in the washing machine

When you’ve brought the laundry basket down, do you just chuck the load in and press the button? There’s things you can do to help protect your clothes once they’re in the drum. 

  • Hook your bras and use a pillowcase: Simply hook any bras before they go in for their wash. This stops them snagging on other clothes, and prevents them from the elastic bending or stretching out of shape. You can also put them in a pillowcase or mesh bag to help them keep their shape as well as to protect them from damage from the rest of the clothes in the load.
  • Close all your zippers: Prevent snags and tears by making sure all the zippers are zipped up all the way – you don’t want the teeth catching and trapping anything in there.
  • Unbutton your shirts: If you leave these buttoned-up in the machine you risk the holes being damaged over time and the buttons becoming loose.
  • Use tea tree oil to kill mould and remove bad smells: Because of the mould and mildew that thrive in damp conditions, clothes can develop musty odours especially if they’re not dried thoroughly. To help with this, why not add a few drops of tea tree oil to the detergent of your next load? Tea tree oil is antibacterial and will kill off any mould and banish bad smells.
  • Add salt to stop colours fading: By adding a tablespoon of salt to your wash, you will help seal in colours. The chloride in the salt helps to lock in the dyes to the fabrics, so you can keep clothes looking fresh and straight-from-the-shops for as long as possible.

Efficient drying methods

You may have the handy dryer for you to pop in your clothes and be done with, but there are still efficient hacks for you to use in the drying part of your laundry routine – even in the dryer. You don’t have to use the dryer for every load either, especially during the warmer months. Make drying a breeze with these effective methods.

Air drying

When spring and summer come around, your washing line rope will be happy to get some attention! Hanging clothes up to dry in the baking sun is such a great idea – you save on electric and energy bills whilst minimising creasing. And they can be dry in no time, especially your thinner materials. When the temperatures fall outside and the sun goes into hibernation, or the heavens open up, you can still hang your clothes up indoors with a ceiling airer or concertina clothes airer

Steam dry with ice cubes

Ironing – just another chore to the list. Well, ice cubes can help by giving you an easier alternative to smoothing out creases. Just add a few ice cubes to the creased clothes in your dryer and run it on hot for five minutes, and you’ll have yourself a makeshift steamer.

Use a dry towel to speed up drying

Saving you both time and energy, you can toss in a good-sized dry towel with your wet clothes before starting the dryer for a 15-minute cycle. The towel will absorb moisture from the clothes, reducing the drying time for you! As long as you don’t need that towel right away after the load has dried – you can hang the wet towel up to air dry – this works as a brilliant drying hack.

A greener dry with eco-friendly wool dryer balls

Eco-friendly dryer balls work by cutting the drying time in half, again, saving you on energy bills! They also remove the static, fluff your towels and clothes.

Unshrinking clothes

If your clothes have shrunk in the dryer, there’s a hack for that. Take your smaller-in-size item and soak it in warm water with some standard hair conditioner. Then, spread it out to dry, and stretch it a few times to reshape it back to its original size. 

Have an organised system

And finally, with all the hacks to use and washing machine buttons studied, it all works with an efficient and organised system. This mainly applies to larger and busier households. Is there a laundry leader? Or does everyone do their own thing? Do whatever works for the household, but be mindful about saving energy and cutting down on washing tiem. Having people or family members come down to wash a few items on their own can rack up energy bills by having the machine on constantly. 

Maybe have closable laundry baskets that are labelled on the landing for everyone to chuck and mix together similar items. And once the basket is full, it’s time for the wash – will whoever sees it’s full take it down or is there a designated laundry head? There will be times people need to have some clothes immediately washed, maybe it’s a uniform they need the next day, but as long as there is a basic system, you can run a better and efficient laundry system. Now you’re a pro.

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Eco-friendly ways to do household chores

Drying clothes in the sun

Chores can be the bane of our lives, but making them more efficient and less harmful to the environment can turn them into motivating tasks. Get the gloves on, turn up the music and follow our tips on how to do common household chores in an eco-friendly and fun way.

Reducing water usage

Install water-efficient appliances around the house if you can and turn the tap off when it isn’t needed. Only use what you need and get into the habit of doing just that. If you have a shower and a bath, mix up your routine every now and then. When bathing, fill up with hot water first below the halfway point, and then add in cold water so you can create the right temperature more efficiently. You may find you need less hot water than your first go. 

Green laundering

The most efficient way to do your laundry is to wash with full loads to use less water and energy. But, if you find that you have a small load or just a few tea towels and clothing items that you could do with cleaning and using, don’t forget good old-fashioned handwashing. Wash with cold water first and use low temperatures for the washing machine. 

Hanging washing out to dry

When clothes are washed, instead of using more energy with a dryer, hang them out on a washing line rope, clothes airer or ceiling airer. Better yet, when hanging laundry on a clothes line, use an organic, natural cotton clothes line or a jute clothes line.

Composting and food waste

Nowadays, we’re more apt at recycling and some local councils provide households with food caddies and green bins for our food waste. Make sure you’re always on top of the stock of your biodegradable food bin liners and that you’re using them! Food waste is also brilliant for composting, so you can help your garden as well as the environment. 

Being more methodical with your car journeys

You may be the household taxi driver, dropping off everybody to their clubs, parties, schools and workplaces. On top of that, you need to do shopping trips and any other errands. Have you thought about your fuel wastage here and carbon footprint? Often, people get a bit complacent and end up heading out a few times in a short space of time to end up covering more mileage when they could have got a few errands done in one trip. Taking the time to plan out your journeys better, thinking about grocery shops and other trips that could be done on that same outing can help you save on fuel and money.

Using the same bags for your groceries

The constant increase in the prices of plastic shopping bags drills into us how important it is to minimise our plastic bag usage, so we mustn’t forget our own reusable shopping bags. You can get bags for life and fashionable or plain shopping bags that you can use time and again. You can even get shopping bags that come in small easy-to-carry-and-store bags. Use a rucksack to help carry loads on your back, and keep those reusable bags in the car ready.

Gardening for green waste

When you need to do the lovely chore of weeding, or clearing up garden waste, remember your green bins. All the green waste collected (which includes compostable food waste) gets transported to a composting facility in the UK, where the compost created gets used in farming, landscaping, horticulture, and as a soil improver.

Eco refills

There are many refillable cleaning products out there now. Many brands are creating pouches or big tubs of cleaning products like washing up liquid and hand wash for you to refill at home. Once the containers or pouches you have used to refill bottles at home are empty, you just simply send them back to the company.

Zero-waste shops

There are brilliant zero-waste shops on the rise, where you can go in and only top up what you need, therefore reducing packaging, whether it’s cereal, pasta, oils, toiletries etc. Some even offer eco-friendly cleaning products, like reusable bamboo towels, biodegradable coconut kitchen scourers, eco cleaning brushes, and biodegradable dishwasher tablets. So, from topping up fridges and cupboards to household cleaning, you can do it all in a significantly more eco-friendly way with zero-waste shops.

Sweep over vacuuming

Stick to sweeping where you can, especially on harder floors. We may turn to the vacuum out of habit, but you’ll be using more energy each time, when you may only need to sweep. Plus, when your household cleaning soundtrack is motivating you, sweeping won’t drown it out like a vacuum will, and a sweeping brush makes a great home concert microphone stand. 

There’s also the mechanical carpet sweeper that doesn’t use power, but uses brushrolls to lift dirt – they’re also great for spot cleaning. And if you do use the vacuum, you can get energy-saving models; just remember to empty them out regularly so that they’re always working efficiently. If the vacuum is full or near to, it will have to work harder, using more energy.

Declutter and donate

Next time you’re doing a clear-out, think about donating or even upcycling. Fabrics and clothes work great for arts and crafts or house DIY projects. Decluttering is not only brilliant for the whole household to make more space and to improve organisation, but it works wonders on the mind and can be very therapeutic. Sorting and decluttering can create order in our lives and helps us organise our own minds. And you may be surprised what you find or forget what treasures you had stored away.

Eco-friendly cleaning

With vinegar, water and baking soda, you can get a whole lot of cleaning done without having to stock up constantly on fancy cleaning products, building up plastic in the house. Some examples are with:

Oven cleaning: 

  1. Mix a half a cup of baking soda with a little water to make a paste
  2. Apply the paste on the inside of the oven, staying away from heating elements (gloves recommended)
  3. Allow the paste to sit for half a day
  4. Use a damp cloth to clean out the dried paste
  5. Spray some vinegar on any baking soda residue
  6. Wipe the oven clean with a damp rag
  7. Enjoy a sparkly looking oven again!

Cleaning the fridge:

  1. Create a solution of vinegar and water, using equal parts
  2. Empty the fridge’s contents
  3. Removes drawers and shelves
  4. Spray down the fridge with the vinegar-water solution
  5. Let it sit whilst you clean the drawers and shelves
  6. Then, scrub and wipe down the fridge
  7. Before putting back the contents and food items, make sure they are all clean on the outside


Again, using a vinegar and water solution, simply wipe down condiment bottles to erase germs and grub from those greasy hands that have passed them around.

Recycle pet bedding

Double check with your local council and recycling, but in general, pet bedding can go in your green food and garden recycling bins. So that’s hay, straw, chipped wood, sawdust and wood shavings that can all go in the green bin. 

Microfibre cloths

Sponges can get the job done, but they often are disposable because of the germs they harbour and plastic deterioration. Paper towels aren’t always effective and you have to go through rolls and rolls. With microfibre cloths, you get high-quality cleaning because of the technology of the fibres designed to pick up and wipe away germs and dirt effectively. They’re also reusable and machine washable, so they’re more hygienic than sponges and retain fewer germs.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration in how to make your household chores more eco-friendly, it’s time to put that playlist on and get started! Then after, why not unwind with some relaxing candles – saving on electricity. 

For natural and organic ropes, washing lines, airers, cords and twines for DIY or crafts, we’ve got it all here at Rope Source! Contact us for any more info on our products, or simply browse our site.

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How to clean your washing line rope

Clean washing line rope

When spring comes around, it’s time to get the washing line out again. But, is it looking a bit dirty and in need of a clean? Maybe you’ve kept it stored in a dark shed gathering grime and dust, or have you left it out in the winter months? 

To avoid dirt transferring onto your washing, here’s how you can get your washing line rope squeaky clean and ready for those warmer months.

Cleaning PVC washing line ropes

Let’s get the easiest of the washing lines to clean out of the way first. With a PVC clothes line (or any plastic or steel-core clothes lines), it’s a simple wipe down with a tissue or cloth. For tough stains, dampening your cloth or sponge with soapy water will do the trick – otherwise it’s pretty quick and easy to clean down the PVC lines. 

With natural and traditional washing line ropes, it’s a bit different. We will go into more detail about that next.

Cleaning a cotton washing line rope

As cotton clothes lines are made of a fabric material, they need a slightly stronger and more caring cleaning process. When dirt can soak in and stain, it’s no wonder they need a bit more of a helping hand.

What you’ll need to clean your cotton washing line


  • Bucket of hot, soapy water
  • Bleach (2-3 tbsp) or tea tree oil (8 drops)
  • Cup of vinegar
  • Rags, cloths or sponges
  • Protective cleaning gloves

How to clean your cotton washing line rope


  1. Mix together the vinegar, bleach (or tea tree oil) and hot, soapy water in the bucket
  2. Soak your washing line rope in the mixture, leaving it for at least 30 minutes or until you see the water changing colour
  3. Wearing protective gloves, use your rag, cloth or sponge to wipe down the washing line rope in the mixture to remove stains, dirt and grime etc.
  4. Once you’ve wiped and washed the rope, drain the bucket and fill it up with hot, soapy water
  5. Use a clean sponge or cloth to wipe down the rope again, making sure to remove anything that may have been left behind
  6. Drain out the bucket again and fill with warm water
  7. Rinse the rope a few times until there’s no soap
  8. Hang the washing line rope up to dry 

Make sure the rope is completely dry before putting any clothes on it to dry. If you’re using jute clothes lines and don’t want to bleach it, use tea tree oil or a strong disinfectant instead.

You can also put it in a pillowcase or mesh bag to give it a run through the washing machine before hanging out to dry. Putting your washing line straight into the washing machine probably won’t remove deep rooted dirt, so it’s best to follow our method above first. 

How to keep your washing line rope clean

Making sure that your washing line is clean all month long means keeping up with some rope TLC. From dirt build-up to pesky critters, we have a few sustainable ways to keep up with weekly or monthly washing line care.

Preventing insects on washing lines

No matter what the material of washing line rope, there is a handy tip to help keep insects and spiders off them. Use duct tape around the ends of your washing line with the sticky side up to deter or trap any creepy crawlies from getting on your line and into your clothes. 

Keep your washing line clean

For plastic and PVC washing lines, wipe them down regularly to keep them from collecting dust or grime. For traditional washing lines, you may want to do a little soak every so often. But, it may be that they just need a wipe down, too. If any stains build up, that’s when a soak or a more generous wipe will do the job.

Need help deciding what washing line rope to get your hands on? Talk to Rope Source; we’re the experts in all things rope and lines! Contact us here, or call us on 01204 897642

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What is the best washing line rope to use?

Socks on rope washing line

The warmer months mean we can benefit from saving energy and electricity by hanging our washing up outside on the washing line, allowing our clothes to air dry and catch the spring and summer breeze. As well as saving you money on your electricity bills, drying your clothes outside rather than in a tumble dryer is much better for the planet, so it’s great to catch the sunshine and dry weather while you can. Plus, drying your clothes outside on a clothesline gives them that amazing ‘fresh air’ scent that can’t be truly replicated by any detergent or fabric softener. 

However, the best washing line rope for you will depend on several factors, including the size of your garden, the weight of the clothes you’re hanging up, the mechanism you want (wall mounted vs retractable vs rotary), and your preference for natural or synthetic fibres. So what is the best washing line rope to use? Let’s discuss the different types of washing lines to help you make a decision.

What to look for when choosing a washing line rope

Selecting the best washing line for you – one that suits all your laundry needs – is essential for drying clothes. That’s why we’ve put together everything you need to know about picking a clothesline rope.

1. Stretchability

First off, when choosing a washing line rope, you need to make sure it has low stretch because it will be taking the weight of heavy wet clothes and you don’t want them to end up on the floor! Despite that, the line does need to have a little spring in it. When clothes dry on the line, they lose a lot of weight, and so the line will be gradually moving throughout the day. 

You need a low-stretch clothesline rope that can take the weight of the heavy clothes but also has a little spring so that when the clothes dry it will adjust back to the lighter weight load without excessive sagging. In general, natural clothes lines are lower stretch than PVC clotheslines as PVC is a plastic material that can be stretched. However, most PVC clotheslines have a non-stretch core made out of either steel or polypropylene, which gives them inner strength to hold weight on the line without stretching.

2. Strength

In addition to being low stretch, another key feature of a good clothesline is that it needs to be strong. The longer the distance and the heavier the load, the stronger it needs to be to take the weight. 

There are several factors to take into account when determining the strength of a clothes line; the diameter of it, the material it is made from and the construction of the inner core. It stands to reason that the thickness of the clothesline is a key factor. A thicker clothesline is generally a stronger clothes line but it can also depend on the material. 

If a washing line is made from a more stretchy outer material then it needs to have a good strong core. This is the case with PVC washing lines, which sometimes have a strong steel core or twisted polypropylene core to make them strong and low stretch. Natural clotheslines are made with low-stretch material such as cotton or jute and are often strengthened with either a polypropylene core or a strong natural core such as sisal or jute. As natural clotheslines are made from both a low-stretch outer and inner core, they are the least stretchy clotheslines but not the strongest and can be prone to weathering.

3. Length and diameter

Ensuring that your washing line is the correct length is also very important. Of course, this depends on the size of your garden. If you can’t get enough length across your garden – either vertically, diagonally or horizontally – you could hang up multiple washing line cords or go across the garden. After all, you want to make the most of the dry summer months and hang out as many clothes as possible. Please bear in mind that the longer the distance to cover, then the stronger and lower-stretch the line needs to be, as spreading a heavy weight over a long distance line is going to put immense pressure on the line. One way round this is to double up the line. By going across the shorter width of the garden to a fixing and back again, the line is not travelling as far between posts but you still get the same total length.

Ultimately, your washing line should be long enough to stretch across your garden with a little give available to withstand strong winds. However, if the line is over too long a distance and not strong enough this could lead the clothesline to sag – and with a lot of heavy clothes on the washing line,  it could sag so much to the point where your clean washing could end up on the dirty floor!If space is an issue, you could opt for a rotary washing line, which is shaped like an inverted pyramid on a stand – an example is shown further down. This space saving contraption allows you to use multiple layers of washing line in one space instead of having to stretch one clothesline rope across a small garden.

4. Material

Most washing lines are made from already very suitable materials, so when it comes to picking the perfect material for your clothesline, it’s personal preference more than anything else. Some people like the look and feel of a traditional natural line, not to mention the sustainability credentials of using biodegradable materials over plastic. However, some people prefer a more durable line made from PVC that will last them a long time. 

Some washing line cords last longer than others, especially when exposed to the elements. PVC is a great all-weather clothesline option and it can be wiped down to look brand new each time, ready to be used in the sun. PVC is a hard-wearing plastic and the most common plastic material. Although it can be a little stretchy, PVC lines are usually reinforced with a rigid steel core or polypropylene core to make them strong and low stretch. The PVC gives them exterior durability and the inner core gives them strength. PVC clotheslines are also available in a wide range of colours, which means you can find the perfect colour to suit your garden.

Natural materials such as cotton and jute are low stretch and usually have either a synthetic core for strength such as polypropylene or a strong low stretch natural material such as sisal or jute. While cotton looks nice and is soft to the touch it can be prone to weathering, which is why many cotton clothes lines have a waxed finish to make them weatherproof. Jute, however, remains strong when wet and can last a long time outdoors, but it has a rougher and more coarse feel and appearance.

If you are planning on hanging a lot of washing out to dry, perhaps the major factor to consider is the sturdiness of the material. This won’t matter so much if you’re just hanging up some t-shirts and socks, but if you’re hanging up heavier fabrics like wool and denim, it’s vital that you choose strong materials that won’t sag or snap. Most materials should easily handle normal washing loads, but if you need something more heavy-duty, reinforced lines like steel-core washing lines are your best bet.

What types of washing lines are there?

From easy-to-clean PVC clothes lines, to soft-to-the-touch cotton washing line ropes – there are so many amazing washing lines to hang your clothes on. Whichever you decide on, your clothes will love you for it.

1. Natural washing lines

Natural washing line ropes are the most sustainable, eco-friendly and biodegradable option. For versatility, they can be used for a range of DIY home projects, such as in pulley systems (e.g ceiling airers) and many more household applications. If you’re into more organic and natural resources, you can get washing line ropes made in jute and cotton. These will look fantastic if you’ve opted for a more rustic, traditional style in your garden.

2. Cotton clothesline

Cotton clothes lines are super soft, which means they’re never too rough or scratchy on your hands and clothes. However, just because these are the softest of the washing line ropes, it doesn’t mean they’re weak. You can get cotton clothes lines with strong synthetic cores such as polypropylene, or you can choose eco-friendly options with a strong natural core such as sisal. 

Our Everlasto Non-Stretch Cotton Pulley Lines feature a strong, low-stretch sisal core for extra durability, helping you hang heavy loads without having to rely on plastic products. Plus, thanks to the natural cotton cover, these pulley lines are still very gentle on your clothes while being sturdy enough to handle heavy washing loads for many years to come. We also provide weatherproof cotton clothes lines, which have been waxed and are ideal to keep up all year round (more on this below).

3. Weatherproof cotton clothesline

For a more hard-wearing solution that’s perfect all year round, you should use a weatherproof cotton clothesline. Our Longlast range of weatherproof cotton pulley lines feature a strong polypropylene core and a waxed organic cotton outer, helping them withstand adverse weather conditions while still being incredibly soft on your clothes. This is the perfect option for a durable yet still natural washing line rope. The beauty of these lines is that they look natural, but with their strong core and weatherproofed waxed cover, they will resist the elements and stand the test of time. They can also be used for indoor ceiling airers too, and their waxed finish helps them run smoothly in pulleys.

4. Jute washing line rope

Jute clothes lines are a great eco-friendly option as they are made from plaited, biodegradable jute fibres. Jute is one of the tougher and stronger natural fibres and made with both a jute core and plaited jute outer, these lines are very hard-wearing, resistant to fraying, and remain strong even when wet. A jute washing line rope is a great option for those looking for a strong but completely natural and traditional clothesline rope, which is ideal if you want to keep a consistent rustic theme in your home and garden.

5. PVC clothesline

PVC clothes lines are made with a wipe-clean, weatherproof PVC outer and a polypropylene core for strength. With PVC washing line ropes, you get much more variety with colours – such as fashionable grey PVC clothes lines, timeless Kleenwash white PVC clothes lines, Evergreen green PVC clothes lines to blend in with the garden, and bright coloured lines that stand out such as orient coloured PVC clothes lines. This allows you to add a bit more personality and style to your outdoor space.

PVC washing lines are extruded around a strong polypropylene core and can afford to be thinner than other washing ropes because of their strong materials. These clotheslines can handle the heaviest washing loads without excessive sagging or deterioration over time, making them extremely durable. Plus, the PVC outer shell means that it’s super easy to wipe and clean your washing line rope, which makes PVC rope the perfect outdoor washing line that won’t deteriorate or get too dirty despite adverse weather conditions. So, if you don’t want to worry about ruining or dirtying your washing line rope, these work wonders.

6. Three-strand PVC clothesline

As well as being made with a weatherproof, highly durable, wipe-clean PVC outer, these clothes lines are made with a three-strand ‘cabled’ polypropylene core. This means that within the lines there is a miniature twisted polypropylene rope, which gives them the strength to hold the heaviest of loads. The Everlasto ‘Orient’ three-strand PVC clothesline is perhaps the ‘Rolls Royce’ of all clothes lines. At 4.8mm thick, they are the thickest on the market, and unlike many thinner lines, they will take a proper old fashioned peg well. Named after the Bolton mill they were first produced in, ‘Orient Mill’, they come in six striking ‘Colours of the Orient’.

7. Steel-core washing line cord

Steel-core clothes lines can come in a range of colours, with white, blue, green, red, yellow, clear and gold being popular choices. The clue is in the name, as this type of washing line rope gives extra support and strength because of its steel core. Like PVC washing lines, the hard-wearing outer shell can be cleaned with a simple wipe, making these washing line ropes perfect for uncertain weather and long-term use. 

The Everlasto ‘Everstrong’ premium steel-core washing line features a 7-strand cabled steel core and is also 4.8mm thick, making it one of the strongest clothes lines on the market. Plus, this product also comes with a line tensioner, allowing you to easily tighten the line and prevent sagging. With their combined thickness and steel core, these lines will not stretch or sag even over long distances with heavy washing loads. If you need a heavy-duty washing line, there’s no better choice than the Everlasto steel-core clothesline.

8. Rotary replacement lines

For those who don’t have a lot of outdoor space to hang washing lines, rotary airers are a great solution. These stands help you hang up a lot of clothes without taking up too much garden space, all thanks to their compact design with multiple layers of washing lines. Plus, if the washing lines ever start to stretch or deteriorate, you can always just add in a rotary replacement line and keep the stand, which is much more convenient and cost-effective.

9. Polypropylene washing line rope

Five polyline polypropylene clotheslines

Polypropylene washing lines or ‘Poly-Lines’ are the cheapest type of line for those looking for a cost-effective option. Available in a striking range of bright colours – with purple, green, red, yellow, blue and white – polypropylene clothes lines can work with so many different gardens. It’s the polypropylene fibres twisted in a strong three strand construction that make these super resilient, hard-wearing, and water and rot-proof. The durable poly cord material also makes it a versatile line that can be used as a pulley line or for general purpose rope.

10. Retractable washing line wire

A retractable clothesline kit is perfect for those who don’t want any fuss. You simply mount them to the wall and can rely on them to neatly tuck away the washing line when you’re done with it. These strong retractable washing lines come in handy when the weather takes a turn, or if you need more space in your garden. The plastic casing comes with a steel hook, wall bracket and instructions, so you’ll have everything you need to install it straight away. This is the best retractable washing line to satisfy all your washing needs.

Alternative clothesline options

Not everyone has the outdoor space to hang a proper washing line rope. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from drying your clothes without an energy-wasting tumble dryer.

From the best rotary dryers to the best washing lines, choosing the right clothes drying option is key. Keep your clothes happy with a drying solution that works for you by checking out these fantastic alternative clothesline options.

1. Rotary dryers

If you don’t have a lot of space for a traditional washing line, a rotary dryer or rotary airer can work brilliantly. These outdoor dryers feature a stand that can be easily installed in your back garden, and the multiple layers of washing lines mean you can hang up lots of clothes without taking up a lot of outdoor space. 

2. Ceiling airer

A ceiling airer can be used indoors whilst allowing clothes to dry naturally by hanging. This is great if you want to make the most of your indoor space, and you can use it all year round because you aren’t limited by the weather. Hanging your clothes up high is a great way to dry them because they benefit from good air circulation. To hang up your clothes and take them down, you just need to use the simple pulley system. Sometimes the old-fashioned designs are the best!

3. Concertina clothes airer

Another drying tool for indoors is a concertina clothes airer, which can also save on energy bills by allowing clothes to dry naturally. When you are finished with your airer, they can easily be folded up and put away, making them fantastic for smaller homes with a lack of storage space. During warmer weather, you can take your clothes airer outside to dry your washing even faster.

To conclude: which clothesline rope is best?

Deciding on the best washing line rope is all about personal preferences and factoring in your household and space. If you’re no fan of plastic or PVC materials, then the natural washing line ropes are for you. If you need something that’s easily put away, the retractable kit is ideal. If you want a washing line that’s easy to clean down and is super durable, the PVC or steel-core lines do the job. 

Frequently asked questions about washing line ropes

What is the strongest clothesline?

If you want to prioritise strength and durability, a steel-core clothesline is the best washing line rope for you. Since this rope is reinforced with steel, it can hold the heaviest of washing loads over long periods of time without sagging or deteriorating. PVC clothesline ropes are also very strong, which is why they’re so popular.

Should a washing line be tight?

Your washing line rope should be tight because this will prevent sagging – if your clothesline sags too much, your washing will be in danger of touching the floor. However, there should be a little bit of give in the rope too as this will help in strong winds. You can use a line tensioner supplied with our clotheslines to tighten the line as required and of course a clothes prop always helps too.

What is an alternative to a washing line?

If you don’t have enough outdoor space for a clothesline rope, there are plenty of alternatives for you to dry your clothes both indoors and outdoors. These include rotary dryers, ceiling airers, concertina clothes airers and all sorts of drying racks that can be easily stored when necessary.

To discuss lengths, colours and preferences, contact our friendly team at Rope Source; we know a thing or two.