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The Greenway laundry blog will now be featuring blog posts from all ecological categories to help us better help you. Entries will include topics such as the well known clotheslines but also now information on helping the environment in all ways possible. Visit us often to learn about new ways to help the environment and your budget! Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Blowing In The Wind
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It is wonderful laundry weather outside and if you do not have your clothesline up by now it is a perfect time to put it up and take advantage of the sunshine! Still don't have an outdoor drying system? Anytime is a great time to join the clothesline movement to help the environment and your energy costs. Need a start ? www.greenwayhp.com has an online store that is offering 10% off for the month of June on all laundry products to help people get a jump start. So get outside and enjoy the sun while saving energy and money. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Blowing In The Wind
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When people think of clotheslines, they usually picture large, invasive clotheslines that take up the whole yard and quickly become eye sores. Luckily, as time has passed, clotheslines have evolved to become not only environmentally helpful but also creative and some would say, appealing. Clotheslines have taken an artistic edge, even disguising themselves as trees. Other options for aesthetically pleasing clotheslines come in the form of clotheslines made from beautiful bamboo. Greenway Home Products provides two sizes of bamboo clotheslines that are guaranteed to please the eye and the environment. Picture taken from: http://1054house.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58:clothes-lines&catid=42:energy-a-atmosphere&Itemid=57 Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Blowing In The Wind
Becoming eco-friendly in your laundry process doesn’t stop with the clothesline. Many laundry soaps are harsh on skin and the environment. Two options provide you with an alternative to store bought detergents. You can make your own or use soap nuts. Soap nuts are a natural, biodegradable source from trees in Nepal and India. You can find them in your local health food store and what you do is add four or five of them to a load in a cloth bag. The cloth bag of soap nuts can be used more than once. For more information on soap nuts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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The hockey season can create a daunting task for parents …drying those pesky pads. There never seems to be enough room in the house and pads usually end up draped over chairs and tables. The Greenway 6 rod laundry lift is a great way to save space and dry hockey equipment. The Laundry Lift is affixed to your ceiling and comes with 6 individual stainless steel rods that can be adjusted from a length of 3 ft to 5 ft. It can be placed in the laundry room above the washer, in the basement, in the garage, or just about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
The majority of the US states have decided to fight back against Home Owners Association bans over clotheslines. Florida, Utah, Maine, Vermont, Colorado, and Hawaii have passed a law that restricts the association from banning clotheslines on their property. On Sunday, October 10, 2010 there was a rally in Concord, New Hampshire to promote the use of clotheslines and express frustration against anti-line laws in their neighborhoods. Joining the rally was Deborah Brensinger, a 55 year old mother of three who is forced to dry her laundry indoors on drying racks throughout the house. This is despite the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Shrunk your sweater in the dryer? Reshape the sweater while wet. Add 2-3 tablespoons of hair conditioners to a bucket of room temperature water. Let the sweater soak in the mixture for 5 minutes then remove. Lay the sweater on a towel and slowly/gently try to stretch the fibers back into shape. Allow it to dry as is on the towel. Next time use a clothesline to avoid shrinking! Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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A common misconception people have about saving money and energy is that they can change one daily task and save a lot. Sadly, these changes do not form into habits and people are soon back to engaging in energy guzzling behavior. To save money and energy in the long run, you need to be willing to spend money now. An example of this is a clothesline. A current study I read called Energy Saving Facts: Myths and Tips by Shahzeen Attari of Columbia University is a great example of the actual depth of the energy saving movement. She studied how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Everyone has their favorite pair of jeans they would love to have last forever. With some tips from the director of special projects for Levi Strauss & Company, your jeans have a chance to last a little longer. To keep your jeans in the best shape possible, avoid both the washer and the dryer whenever possible. Washing and drying jeans causes the fibers to enlarge and actually causes shortening and tightening. Also, every time you spill a little something on your jeans, don’t automatically run to the washer. Simply take a cloth and gently wash the spot where you spilled.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Looking for a way to add a little exercise to your laundry routine? You can burn 45 calories for every 15 minutes you spend hanging your laundry and helping the environment. Do a load a day and spread out your exercise or make it a full day of laundry workouts! Your clothesline workout can be taken a step further by adding some ankle weights or even loose weights to the bottom of your laundry basket. Hauling it back and forth from the house will add a little weight training to your already fulfilling daily routine. Yet another good reason to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
The most important thing to remember in taking care of a clothesline is remembering to cover the clothesline. There are many ways of how covering your clothesline can help make your transition into environmentally friendly clothes drying easier. First and foremost, covering your clotheslines when not in use keeps it clean. The lines will stay clean, thereby not leaving any lines on your clean clothes. Covering your clothesline also insures that the lines will last longer. They will be protected against weathering from sun and rain, allowing you to use your clothesline longer without having to worry about changing the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Once again you can save money! Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. Clothes will still be washed in hot water and you will not even notice the difference, except to your wallet. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Reading a People Magazine on the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to find an article called “Dividing Lines” about local eco-activists fighting for the right to use clotheslines. Both Deb Brensinger of Pa. and Susan Taylor of Oregon were forced to stop hanging their laundry. Taylor was fined $1,000 and even had her lines cut during the night! Brensigner was forced to hang her laundry indoors upon legal threats from her Home Owners Association. Although a large percentage of the more than 300,000 home owners communities in the U.S. either restrict or ban clotheslines, this article provides some much needed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Another tip to save some money! Make sure you load the washing machine to full capacity when possible. Many people do not take full advantage of how much a washer can hold, wasting water and energy in the long run. Just make sure you check your machine's capacity warning and go from there! Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
So far I have been telling you about the benefits of drying your clothes with a clothesline. It would also be good to outline the hassles that accompany using a dryer. First off, there is the simple fact that a clothesline is simple, and a dryer is far from! Mechanically, there are things that need to be checked and rechecked to make sure a dryer is working in optimal form. Anything from a clogged filter to a problem with the exhaust vent all restrict proper drying and lead to more money and energy spent on drying clothes. Furthermore, you cannot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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I have previously blogged about bamboo clotheslines, and now bamboo is being used once again in the clothesline drive, but this time with clothes pins! Bamboo is environmentally safe and is a renewable source of fuel and building materials. Bamboo has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel and a higher compressive strength than many types of concrete! Everyone knows that it is the fastest growing plant on Earth but there are many other facts that need to be brought to the public’s attention. Some species of bamboo have been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Where is the best place to put your clothesline? Make sure you set-up your clothesline in the optimal place in your yard. Ground type should be soft and not frozen, making it easier to get the permanent or removable spike into the ground without hassle. Check where the sun hits in your yard for the longest period of the day, and place the clothesline in the center of that for best possible sun exposure. Last but not least, make sure the clothesline is not near any trees that can block your clothes from the sun! Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Sometimes when people are deciding to switch to a clothesline, many questions come up as to which one is right for them and their family. The biggest question is whether to have a permanent clothesline installed, or to use the flexible spike option. It depends on what you are looking for in your clothesline. Permanent clothesline are a great option because they are dependable in all weather and stand up again harsh winds. With a permanent clothesline, you have the choice to hang your clothes unequally, as it will not tip over. It can take heavier weights of clothing and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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Sometimes carrying out all the clothes to the clothesline and lifting the heavy wet towels can get a bit strenuous. Thankfully, companies like Urban Clotheslines have solved this problem. The easy fold laundry trolley allows clothesline users to get their laundry to and from the clothesline with ease. The laundry basket is placed in the trolley and can then be wheeled out to the clothesline. The trolley is conveniently raised to a height where the user does not have to bend over time and time again to get clothes out of the laundry basket. If you are looking to make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Keeping your clothes clean and getting out stains is a great way to help out the environment before you even get to the clothesline. If you throw out those pesky clothes then you will in turn need to buy more, or will end up washing them multiple times and wasting money and energy. Some of the toughest stains can be removed with different household products. Blood on clothing can be taken out with peroxide. Grass, one of the most popular stains with the little ones, can be helped by soaking the stain in water, then lightly pressing an alcohol soaked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
I came across an article in a local US paper today that I thought showed great initiative towards greener laundry practices. The article outlines the best “green” Laundromats in the area, for those who are looking for environmentally friendly options if they don’t have access to individual laundry services. The Green Hanger is an environmentally friendly Laundromat in Missoula, Montana. There is no worry of harsh chemicals because the Green Hanger uses hydrocarbons instead of nasty perchloroethylene and other detergents. They even won an award for the best Laundromat in Missoula, showing the eco-friendly does not have to mean compromising... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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As the beautiful summer weather continues, people are starting to get antsy, wanting to get away to camp grounds and beaches alike. Luckily, your switch to an environmentally friendly drying process will alleviate any stress laundry could create on your trip. Many clotheslines can be purchased and simply hung from trees, while others come in a carry case to be set up on campgrounds. Jane Marshall from The Edmonton Journal is a great example of people getting out of the house and out of their electronic rut. Jane and her family are travelling the province of Alberta this summer, showing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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Want to make your backyard a little more beautiful this summer? Why not start with a clothesline. Many people like to see hummingbirds in addition to many other amazing little flying friends in the summertime. How can you get them to your backyard? In addition to food sources, convenient perching opportunities will make your yard more hospitable to hummingbirds, since they spend around 80% of their time sitting on stems and clotheslines. So plant a garden, hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline, and invite nature’s beauty into your own backyard, while resting assured that you are doing your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
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Want to make your backyard a little more beautiful this summer? Why not start with a clothesline. Many people like to see hummingbirds in addition to many other amazing little flying friends in the summertime. How can you get them to your backyard? In addition to food sources, convenient perching opportunities will make your yard more hospitable to hummingbirds, since they spend around 80% of their time sitting on stems and clotheslines. So plant a garden, hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline, and invite nature’s beauty into your own backyard, while resting assured that you are doing your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind
Throughout the weeks I have shown specific items by the company Greenway Home Products and Laundry Lift. There is a new video available so you can see what the company is all about and their products, also how they help you make your drying process more environmentally friendly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KETR6f39_4 Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at Blowing In The Wind