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Mrs Peggs Handy Line

Product Number: 149
How Much: £89.00
Where can I buy one: Eco Washing

If Dragons Den has taught us one thing, it’s that you can set up a business selling almost anything. Take Eco Washing who sell nothing but environmentally friendly washing lines. Whilst I’d have assumed (falsely) that all washing lines were relatively eco friendly it seems there’s a wide range of products designed specifically for the environmentally conscious amongst us.

To look in to this further the team at Eco Washing sent over “Mrs Pegg’s Handy Line” for me to see how it compares to my pathetic plastic clothes hanger. As you can see from the photo above it’s a rather large piece of kit and not the most environmentally friendly product if your environment consists of a small studio flat. Thankfully it can be used indoors and outdoors so is a great multipurpose product if you don’t want to erect a huge washing line in your garden all year round.

The all important specs to consider are that it’s 172 cm long, 75cm wide and 43 cm high once erected. Whilst you store it away it’ll fold to a nice 7cm wide so you can slot in inside a cupboard out of the way. Sadly there’s nothing you can do about the height so it won’t fit under the stairs unless you’ve got a relatively tall alcove inside.

Once you get the Handy line set up (which is a simple process of sliding two clips along and pulling the legs in to position) you’ll fully appreciate its grandeur when you attempt to fill it up with clothes. There’s ten lines in total and you can spaciously fit three T-Shirts, 4 pairs of trousers or 3 sweaters on to each line. You can also fit an entire king size quilt across a couple of lines and it’ll hold up to four king size quilts with ease, making this a fantastic device for anyone with a larger home or even a B&B.

As it’s 43cm high putting clothes on can be a bit daunting at first but there are two options that work equally well. The first is to put clothes on from the middle of the unit and then to work outward as you go. Or you can simply crouch under the unit and feed clothes up on to whichever line you wish. Being able to nip under also means you can test if clothes are still wet without having to worry about other clothes tapping on your neck.

Whilst it’s holding all of your clothes the Handy Line is nice and sturdy and supported two queen size quilts and an assortment of clothes with ease in my trial. And if you can’t find a place to store it for the other 300 days of the year then you can simply pop two quilts on either end and make yourself a mini fort….

How handy!

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