Aug 26, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday - Greatest Hangers EVER!

After a little summer vacation for WFMW, Shannon over at RocksInMyDryer is back at it with the new school year's first Works For Me Wednesday. Yay! I always love seeing the neat tips and ideas other bloggers post, some of which I've adopted immediately.

So without further ado (okay, well, maybe just a LITTLE ado), here's my WFMW tip.

About six months ago I stumbled upon the niftiest hangers I've ever seen. They're called Smart Dry Sweater and Pant Hangers and are made by Tide, the laundry detergent folks, so I was intrigued. 'Cuz who knows laundry better than Tide? They come in pairs and are packaged like this:

What's so great about them, you ask?

I have lots of sweaters and tops that require handwashsing and then being laid flat to dry. Sometimes I run out of room to spread things out, so I've cheated a time or two and hung a few pieces up. We all know what happens when you use a regular hanger to dry something that has been handwashed or even washed on the gentle cycle of the washing machine. The garment ends up with those funny little pooches where the fabric stretched over the hanger. These hangers keep your clothes crease and pooch free. I promise!

The design of the hanger includes extra wide shoulder "bars" to prevent your sweaters and shirts from puckering and loosing their shape. They also dry your clothes quicker because the hanger is perforated to allow more airflow through the garment. The center section works great for pants and leaves them crease free every time. I've tried them with polo shirts, golf shirt, sweaters, jeans, khackis, and even T-shirts with iron-on transfers that will melt in the dryer. They work so well, I went back and bought several more. Especially during the summer time, I'll use the plant hooks on my patio to suspend the hangers. Clothes dry REALLY fast outside in the Texas heat!

Here are a few pictures that show the detail. There's a quarter next to it for scale.

You can see how wide the ends of the hanger are, and they're gently curved so they won't leave pooches in the sleeves of the garment.

See how wide that center bar is? The sides of the pant section are also gently rounded, so no more creases!

LOVE these! They run around $3.99 for two hangers and can be found at Target or Walmart on the laundry accessories aisle, not the detergent aisle.

Get some!! They work for me!


Anonymous said...

You KNOW how we just love HANGING around with you!!!

Honey Mommy said...

Those are pretty cool!
During the summer I hang a lot of clothes out to dry, but there are certain items I have to watch out for. These hangers would be great for those items... just hang and forget about it!

Michelle@Life with Three said...

That's so clever! I didn't know those existed. I have the same problem -- I run out of room to lay things out to dry, but don't want to stretch them out from hanging them up. I'm going to give these a try!

Kaye said...

I have never seen these before! What a cool tip! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog and commenting about the crock pot recipes. =)

Heidi said...

This is DEFINITELY a great tip! One of the better ones lately. And I will be going out to buy them today! Thanks so much!

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

We hang dry so much--this looks like it would really help.

DidiLyn said...

HOW have I NOT heard of these marvels?? Can't wait to get me some. Thanks!

Jane said...

What a perfectly wonderful tip! Those hangers are fabulous and I will get some this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Jerralea said...

Thanks for sharing this idea. It won't be long before I will have to be drying all my daughters' sweaters!

Kara said...

These look like a great idea - thanks for sharing!!

Also - thanks for the tip on "The Art of Raising a Puppy" book. I might make a trip to the book store to check it out this weekend. :)