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- Laundry Reality: Unless you're willing to seriously over-pack, or spend precious vacation time in laundromats, you'll want to wash some items in your hotel room sink. But, how to dry?
- Use It Anywhere: Our handy latex clothesline stretches to 6 ft, with a big loop on each end for easy attachment to doorknobs, window latches or other hotel room appendages.
- No Pins: Its futuristic triple-braided design allows you to attach laundry without clothespins.
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Unless you're willing to over-pack, or spend valuable time in laundromats, you'll want to wash some items in your hotel room sink. But, how to dry? Our handy clothesline stretches to 7 feet easily attaching to door knobs, window latches, etc. The triple braided design eliminates the need for clothespins. Great for traveling, camping or even at home! KIVA's exclusive Rick Steves line of travel luggage and accessories is designed to be practical, durable and light weight - ideal for the frequent traveler, whether for Europe or cross-country. Each items' "Rick tested" features work to make every trip smoother and more enjoyable.
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0009PCTUU
- Item model number: AC-CLOTHESLINE
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 20, 2005
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
This clothesline is GREAT! I was able to put it up in whatever shower/tub configuration we found in our hotel rooms. We did laundry every night, filling the sink with soapy water and allowing the garments to soak while one of us took a shower, then rinsing well, blotting in an already-used bath towel (or viscose hand towel) and hanging them up on this clothesline.
No need for clothes pins--you can insert the garment between the braids on the line.
I have osteoarthritis in my fingers and as other reviewers have noted, I did have some problem separating the braided rubber on the clothesline. But I found that inserting the garments into the braiding while the line was not taut made it much easier. I then stretched the line out for the garments to dry.
I hung blouses and pants on it too. (We wear nylon/polyester travel pants and nylon or polyester shirts/blouses. These wash/dry very well in the hotel room.)
I found that using a small viscose handtowel (think Shamwow, but there must be other manufacturers--just make sure it is really viscose) really helped get the clothes dry. Viscose can be wrung virtually dry by hand, and it pulls water out of hand laundry like nothing else.
I was very impressed by this clothesline and highly recommend it!
Now I'm disappointed. My first impressions of the thing was that it was heavy and bulky. It weighs over four times as much as my thread, and takes up about 2-3 times more space, depending on how long I'm willing to take wrapping the thing up properly. The included velcro straps are VERY unwieldy and don't like to pack up easy, so after some tries I ended up removing them and stashing them deep into my bag while trying to just use the loops. This usually works okay. Sometimes I can slip the loop over bed posts, etc. and sometimes I can feed the loop past the post and then just feed the line through the loop like I would do for a knot with my linen cord, but sometimes I have to dig into my bag to retrieve the velcro ends to get my line set up properly.
All of this is more disappointing so because the item itself is well made, tough, and durable. It is just functionally and conceptually inferior to what basically amounts to string and maybe some clothespins if your line is too short to double back. It has meant swapping something that took up so little space that I literally had a hard time finding it until I started putting it in a plastic baggy out for something that takes up noticeable space, is confining to use (the elastic on this thing can pull beds out of place), and is plain unwieldy to use.
A clothes line is a good idea to have for when you need to dry clothes in your hotel/hostel/camping. Here are my issues with this product.
1. It SMELLS! strongly of latex. Think condoms or surgical gloves. I suspect that if left close to cloth items in your pack that it would give your clothes and thus you a latexy smell.
2. It's too large wrapped up. This is mainly caused by the fact that it is three strands woven together vs. one, which is promoted as a way to hang clothes "without clothes pins" in reality you can simply drape your clothes over a line. When drying indoors they won't blow away, so why use clothes pins anyways?
3. The Velcro loop ends don't seem like an effective way of attaching the line to objects. Too bulky, and simple hooks would have worked better.
4. When stretched out to "7 feet" (Note, on the actual product it only claims a 6 foot capacity) it feels dangerous. Picture a giant rubber band stretched taught, ready to snap, or at minimum, attempting to pull apart whatever the chord ends are attached to.
5. This is just a personal annoyance, which for me amplifies all of this product's defects. It's too gimmicky with the whole "Rick Steve's Travel Gear BS" As if Rick Steve's is constantly hand washing his laundry while traveling deep in foreign countries! Lol
Alright, so here is what I DO recommend. It's called "550 Chord". If you don't know what this is, just search for it here on Amazon. Here's how 550 chord blasts away this product for this use.
1. It's much cheaper. You can get 50' for about $8 here on Amazon.
2. It DOESN'T smell!!
3. It's much stronger, the "550" stands for five hundred and fifty pounds of tensile strength.
4. You can get it in any color imaginable so it can match the rest of your gear.
5. It's lighter and takes up less space per foot!
6. It's easy to tie and knot, so you don't need hooks or silly Velcro loops to attach your clothes line ends to things found in a hotel room.
7. It isn't "stretchy" so it doesn't threaten to recoil back and mess up whatever you've attached the ends to.
8. And probably best of all there are HUNDREDS of other uses that 550 chord can be utilized for. Just google it.
So upon receipt and inspection of this product I went through the return process with Amazon which was amazingly simple and easy (as is usual with Amazon). They even gave me an instant refund to an Amazon gift card, I'm sure you can imagine what I'll be purchasing with the money! :-)