What can I reuse or recycle to make a clothes airer?

A couple of weeks ago on on The Really Good Life, I post my top 5 clothes line drying tips.

One of my tips is to use a clothes peg airer thing if possible – one of these things – it stops the little items taking up space on your main line and is easy to take inside if it starts raining.

Petra liked the idea and decided to make her own out of “some electricity pipe, an old iron coat hanger, some rope and pegs” – and that’s so great that I’m now adamant about reusing and recycling to make my own, once my current flimsy plastic ones break. And it got me thinking about making other line drying/clothes airing stuff too…

Have you made any clothes lines/airers/drying racks yourself, reusing and recycling old materials? What did you use?

Or have you fixed/extended a shop-bought airer to make it more suitable for your needs?

Any tips or advice for anyone else?

(Funnily enough, I was thinking about this a year ago too – I asked how to make a cover for my rotary airer so I could leave clothes out during occasional showers. It must be something about this increasingly moist time of year!)

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One Response to “What can I reuse or recycle to make a clothes airer?”

  1. Dani says:


    What I do when the weather looks iffy is to hang my washing on the line with hangers (I haven’t used my tumble dryer for 18 months). If the weather then takes a turn for the worst I quickly bring my washing in and hang it inside – for a photo of how we adapted our laundry room please go to:
    http://ecofootprintsa.blogspot.com/ then open the page at the top of my blog that says Eco hints and tips and scoll down to “In our home”.
    The heat of the fridge in the room overnight makes wet washing a thing of the past :-)

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