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Monday, September 20, 2010

Indoor laundry drying rack giveaway!

Shortly after I posted the question asking people if they line dried their laundry year round, I got an email from the owner of a business that manufacturers indoor drying racks, who also reads my blog. Interestingly enough, this guy lives quite close to me and wanted to drop one off for me to check out. He uses all sustainable materials and the racks are hand crafted by laid off carpenters. This contrasts from most drying racks in the market in that they are made oversees and shipped over here.

The WindowDry Indoor Drying Rack was developed by the owner out of necessity because the large, bulky rack he was using was continually being knocked down by his 90 pound golden retriever and 4-year-old daughter. He decided to build a rack that could be mounted up and out of the way yet be near or on a window. It was important for the rack to be easily mounted and removed.

His motivation for having the rack on or near a window was twofold: ventilation from outside and solar assistance. One of the first questions people ask after seeing this rack is how much weight does it support using suction cups? According to the website, it supports over 25 pounds (average load of wet laundry weighs 11 lbs), but the owner has tested it with his 36 pound daughter and she lived to tell about it!

Review
I've been using this rack, mounted in our basement bathroom next to the laundry room to handle overflow from our other two racks. It attaches well to the tile and does, indeed, handle quite a few clothes. I can't say that it would hold one load of laundry, but it's great for all the socks, underwear and other, lighter items that I don't want on display in my backyard for the neighbors to see and, more importantly, blowing off in the wind on our other racks.

Even though it's in an area without great airflow, everything dries quickly and it's totally out of the way. There's only one improvement I'd like besides a little larger capacity is that the bottom suction cups don't line up under the top ones. Since I've got it mounted in a tile shower, the top suction cups are attached but the lower two fall on the tile grout and I can't get a great seal. I can't get it to mount anywhere on the tile where all four suctions cups are on tile.

Giveaway!
Other than that, I love the little bugger and I'm excited about the opportunity to give one away to help jump start the Hang 'Em Dry Challenge this October, where you can pledge to air dry all your laundry for one month. One thing that I've learned about successful air drying of laundry is to make sure you have enough hanging space and this little rack holds quite a bit more than it looks.

If you are interested in entering the randomly drawn giveaway (U.S. residents only), please add you name to the comments of this post and check out the challenge. You have until midnight PST Wednesday, September 22nd to enter. Good luck!

120 comments:

Kim said...

Oh!! I'd LOVE to win that! I've just moved from one bad environment for line drying outside year round (Alaska) to another (North Carolina.) Of course, the times of year I can't dry outside have flip flopped (the humidity..OOOH the humidity! I tried drying stuff outside two weeks ago and gave up when it was STILL wet and starting to smell musty after three days.)

Anyway. I have one indoor rack that I used (which was awesome in AK in the winter, because it increased the humidity in my house...which was very much needed. Increasing the humidity in my house now is much less cool...but still.) Anyway. It works indoors, so I could use another rack!

Count me in please.

Lola said...

I totally need this!!! Please count me in for the drawing :)

Surviving and thriving on pennies said...

I want I want I want. Oops where are my manors. Please can I have it? I would be thrilled to win this! I'm looking for new places to put my clothes and this would come in handy.

Paula said...

I would so love to win this!! We are unable to dry our clothes outside because of my son's severe allergies (the pollen gathers on the clothes, sheets, towels, etc.). Having something like this, taking up little space but drying so much would be a blessing!

Oxray Farm said...

Ok count me in for this, I could use some more drying space.

Thanks!

mommyreview.com said...

I try to reduce where I can and this would be great especially in Az where I can use the heat :)

mommyreview.com said...

I retweeted as well! MommyReview

michelle said...

I would love this...great idea

azulbug said...

This is great and exciting! We live in Phoenix where I have a line across our back porch attached to the center support beam. Another out of the way rack will be AWESOMEEEEE! It is a good thing about Phoenix that our clothes dry within minutes in the summer heat hanging on the line. Hooray!

The Larsons said...

I would love this. We have great southern exposure on our front room windows. What a brillant idea!

DK said...

That is a pretty awesome design there. I like that they're handmade, too. I just ordered a drying rack online in anticipation of this challenge and using this challenge as an excuse to finally do so, but with all the laundry that happens around here, another would be more than welcome!

steph said...

What a cool idea, I would love to try this out!

sheng said...

That's an awesome giveaway, just that, I cannot have that as I am far from the US of A! I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm finding it cool.

Will be back for more!

Jan said...

Sounds interesting. I can always use more hanging space indoors for the winter. Thanks!

Susie said...

How cool! This would be great in my new apartment.

Leevelyn said...

This would be a great addition to my laundry room!

All of Us said...

This would be great for me! Thanks for the giveaway

Katie said...

That sure would come in handy, since I don't have a yard at all!

Jonalynn said...

I would love this!! I'm in Ohio and in another couple of weeks the chances of getting the laundry outside diminish greatly!!

Anna in Atlanta said...

Put my name in the random hat, please!

Jenny said...

I would love to win this! I have actually been looking at ones similar to this on Amazon.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Sarah said...

I'd love this- I've been living without a dryer for 18 months now and the drying racks sometimes take over my house!

Stephanie said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Moade said...

I'd love to win this! Count me in for the drawing.

Amy said...

Yeah! I have been looking for an indoor drying rack!

amyallen76 at gmail dot com

Krista said...

I was sold on hanging clothes to dry this summer when we were in Germany. I have been looking for a good indoor rack ever since. Count me in please!

Lisa Under the Redwoods said...

I would love to be able to use that. I could attach it to the outside of a glass door in the summer and the inside in the winter.

Lisa

Susan Elwell said...

Oh, ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me!

A quote (song ) from my daughter at the strawberry "u pick em" fields in South Florida. I would proudly hang it high!

Karina said...

I just moved into a new apartment in the city, so this would just add to my attempts at reducing my carbon footprint (I bike to class since it's only 2 miles away).

Kristina said...

Very cool- I like his business and this seems like a good new place to stick a drying rack.

Dea-chan said...

I would love to win this -- if I have something to use, I could probably convince my fiance to use it in lieu of the dryer!

Vickie said...

This looks awesome, I would definitely love one.

dc said...

Yes please, I'd love to win that!

Elizabeth said...

I almost bought a 3rd drying rack this weekend - it would be so great to have one that attches to glass - I live in an apartment and have a sliding glass door.

Oh, that girl again... said...

Since I recently decided it's time to freecycle my leaning to the left rack, this would be a wonderful replacement!

Kirsten said...

I would love to own that drying rack! I only have one small rack currently, and another rack would be very useful! :)

Crafty Farmer said...

Ooooooooooo! This is fantastic!

Stacy said...

Count me in! I need a real drying rack - beyond that of my poor foyer railing/ledge! :)

Leslie R. said...

I'd definitely like to be entered. At the end of every load being hung up, I still have a basket full of little things: reusable cotton rounds, little socks, etc. This would be great!
Thanks!

Lynette said...

Oh, Please enter me! My old drying rack just broke and I desperately need a replacement (My old one was nowhere near this nice, though!)

Maria said...

That sounds great! I don't have an indoor drying rack (or an outdoor one either for that matter). I tried drying our clothes spread out on the front lawn a bit last summer but it felt weird for the whole neighborhood to see - even without our socks and underwear out there. I'd love to do line drying I just can't find a good place for it.

swiggett said...

Please, oh please enter me into the drawing!

deb ... p.s. bohemian said...
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KAS said...

This would be great!

Dee Dee Bowman said...

This would be such a great help. Please sign me up for the drawing.

Chris and Sonya said...

Please enter me!

We just bought our first home, and this would be fabulous in our much anticipated laundry room. We've been paying for a wash then hanging clothes on all the door jams in my apartment for too long now.

mirbrewer said...

I would like to win it! I agree about not wanting to hang my undergarments outdoors "for the world to see". This would be perfect.

Kelly said...

Awesome giveaway! I live in an apartment complex and we're not allowed to dry our clothes on the balcony (psshhh), so this is the perfect alternative. Thanks!

Two Flights Down said...

I've been on the look out for something like this! I have a drying rack that I use, but I need something that can be by a window, but out of the way. I live in a small space and my current drying rack is a pain to get around. Putting it outside is a problem due to the high pollen count (though some days, I am able to place it outside). This drying rack sounds glorious!

Katie said...

That's a really nifty design and I'd love to give it a try! I have a large capacity indoor rack that I use but with four kids I'd welcome another. Especially one like this!

Tara said...

Count me in! I would love to start hang-drying more. Great giveaway - thank you!

Sophia C. said...

Ooh, pick me! I love air-drying my clothes but my line in the basement isn't quite long enough to hold everything.

Luci Fernandez said...

Sent my kids to college with drying racks. Use them at home all the time.

Jennie said...

I'd give it a try. I'd probably mount it on a window, thus negating the privacy aspect. :-D

Katie said...

We could use this for sure! :)

Michelle said...

That looks great! I'd love to enter the drawing! Then I could have some clothes dry in the upstairs bathroom!

KatieB said...

I would use a rack like that. I use an inside rack right now and have been hanging things on chairs when I run out of room.

Carrie at Rhubarbsky said...

Yay for drying inside during the winter! rhubarbsky gmail

Carrie at Rhubarbsky said...

Yay for drying inside during the winter! rhubarbsky gmail

katychick said...

yes, i line dry- thanks to my hubby who loves it.i would love to win, please count me in.
tcogbill at live dot com

Doodlebug's Mommy said...

I'd love to try this. We can't hang our clothes outside because of allergies, so this sounds perfect.

doodlebugsplanet (at) gmail (dot) com

Danica said...

What great idea!

Kiel said...

I would very much like to have this. Air drying would be so much better for my clothes I think and so much cheaper.

lelaynia said...

I'm expecting my first child in January, and plan on cloth diapering. This rack would be AWESOME for drying diapers!! Sign me up please!

PamG said...

This would sure be a help. I live in a seniors' mobile home park that won't allow clotheslines. (But I sneak and use one sometimes anyway!)

Lisa T. said...

That is exactly what I need! I accidently knocked over my drying rack (AGAIN) today and I feel like it is going to collapse if I even look in it's direction.

Corinne said...

As another Seattleite I have been reading your posts about the hang em dry challenge and nodding a lot. We also use a drying rack as opposed to line drying because you never know what the weather is going to do. And a window mounted drying rack would be perfect for the little items in our wash (undies, socks, baby clothes). Thank you!

Deborah said...

Looks neat!

Jen K said...

I'd love this! I currently drape stuff over any convenient surface in my condo- chairs, open cabinet doors, tables. Plus, besides my pollen allergies, drying clothing outdoors in the middle of a city is not a great option!

Robj98168 said...

I would like this. It should mount in my tub with no problem.

:o) said...

I have been in search of a drying rack and I am sold on this one. I love the design! Hoping to win...but if not, I'll purchase it myself. Local stuff rocks :o)

Sarah C said...

I'm in! I always hang our laundry to dry, so not sure if Oct will be that big of a challenge. :-D

Mal said...

Count me in please!

dicity said...

This is very cool. Please pick me! I could use another rack for the wet winter.


dicity

Carissa said...

I recently moved to Portland from sunny AZ, so I desperately miss the ability to effectively dry my laundry outside (in about 10 minutes!)!! Would love to win this laundry rack, as I haven't yet gotten a good indoor drying system going.

Cynthia in Denver said...

OOOhOOOOHOOOOH~~~ fingers and toes crossed!!! I live in a condo and we're not allowed to put a rack outside on the patio!!!

Mary Q Contrarie said...

I use a clothes drying rack for drying year round. It is a great way to save money and reduce my energy consumption. Thank you for advocating air drying and your challenge looks great!

Jane said...

Oh! Would LOVE this! I have a crappy one right now that I still use everyday but tend to talk to it rather harshly when doing so.

I haul it outside in the summer time but Ottawa in winter means things freeze pretty solidly for a considerable length of time.

ellen said...

I really need this. Like i just moved to a new state and my old one broke so my laundry.. well one word: scary! But even if i don't win, congrats to the winner! :)

KLund said...

Would love this! Definitely don't have enough space when the weather is bad to dry indoors.

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

very very interested! We are hanging laundry off of things besides a laundry rack right now.

Kerryanne Cummins said...

Please enter me in the drawing too! It looks wonderful! Thanks, Kerry

Tabathia said...

This means I can cut the cost of running the dryer
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Anna said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please! Pick me!

Jenna Wood said...

Thanks for the chance!

six_one_nine_girlie (at) yahoo (dot) com

rbn said...

Yay for locally made laundry-drying racks!

Jenna Gayle said...

Oh man! I would LOVE to have one of these! I live in South Georgia in the middle of the swamp so the humidity makes it almost impossible to hang dry year 'round.

Jenna Z.

debbie said...

I could really use this. I am always looking for a way to dry some clothes.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

reddhedd said...

We are having a ragweed filled fall..., I discovered that what I put on my outside line comes in covered with microscopic pollen bits...causing asthma incidents in my son and husband, and me to sneeze uncontollably...so we can't dry outside for 2 months.
Extra drying space would be greatly appreciated, and I love the idea of putting American craftsmen to work in this shaky economy.

Sylvia said...

Oh, I have a huge pile of laundry that would go ever so well with this... That's quite a handsome rack you've got there! teehee ;)

Mary H said...

Cool rack! I'd love to win it. Count me in please!

Mary H said...

Cool rack! I'd love to win it. Count me in please!

Amber said...

I've got out door lines for the summer but since MN has 9 months of winter this would be great!

wickedliz@hotmail.com said...

Another Minnesotan here. :) We are fast approaching the point where I can no longer hang my clothes outside, so this would be the answer! :)

robin said...

We used to hang all our little things on my daughters' doll clothes rack, but it finally broke after five fine years of service. I'd love to give this rack a try!

mason said...

What a great product.

Adrienne said...

That looks nifty! I'd love to try it.

Chrissy said...

Count me in for the drawing as well! Love hang drying my clothes when I can - they retain their fit much better over time.

i heart spinning said...

I'll try this entry. I ususally use air fluff for all my drying, it totallly works people should at least try that, but this would completely get me off of the electrocity. Nichole from Seattle

RiverofOdd said...

Oh, I really really need this! Pick me!

Jess said...

Oh boy - this would be wonderful. I've been using the blinds rod which hasn't fallen yet...

Oldnovice said...

That would work really well in our master bathroom with the suction cups on the outside of our shower stall and the clothes hanging over the tub (which is right below the bathroom window).

Marta said...

Sounds cool! Count me in! I've been making an effort to do more line-drying since your challenge post :-)

Laura said...

This looks amazing. It would be wonderful to win! I line dry as much as possible, but with only one line outdoors, it makes it difficult to get the laundry done all at once.

Stefanie said...

I love this. I definitely need more drying space!

Tawney Peterson said...

This summer I was using our fence to dry things...but our puppy has decided that its fun to take things off and spread them around the yard...kind of counterproductive! So now I hang things up over the washer and dryer. It works but I would love to have more hanging space.

Indigo Cycles said...

Throw my name in the ring too please!

Melissa said...

I line dry my clothes outside except for the socks and other personals I don't want the neighbors to see. This would be great!

FernWise said...

Oh, I surely do need that. Our dryer has been broken since January. I ended up having to take stuff to the laundromat to dry things last winter - thru' the record snow we had here in DC. It was ugly, and required a car.

Melissa Anderson said...

That looks awesome! Count me in!

rebecca said...

What a GREAT idea! Much better than having one knocked over by kids!

Gigi said...

Oh oh... Pick me... Pick me!!!

I can't believe how excited I was to see you were giving this away. I have been trying to talk my husband into line drying, but we have very limited outdoor space and lots of birds (evidently my husband is very worried about the idea of birds pooping on the laundry!).

Winning this would be the perfect opportunity to push our lives a little further into the green zone without fear of the birds!!

nawrockifamily said...

Oh, this would be great to assist in cloth diaper drying! Count me in!

Elisabeth said...

I'd use this all the time! Elisabeth S.

Baby Momma said...

Cool Blog and cool contest and even cooler challenge!

Janis said...

Love it!

Karen Hanrahan said...

very curious product ....count me in

*~*Laura*~* said...

me too please!! feel free to randomly draw laura phillips!! :o) id LOVE this!!

Anonymous said...

This would work great in my unused shower!

-Jenette

Jenn said...

This would be great for the winter! I would SO love to have this.

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