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Enjoy fun in the sun, knowing all the practicalities are ticked off your list, with help from Hills and Nylex.

Summer ready

The evenings are long, the sun is shining and all we want to do is spend time outside with friends and family. However, entertaining takes a little preparation and effort, and gorgeous weather doesn’t make chores like laundry and gardening magically disappear. Having what you need – like practical, problem-solving products from Hills and Nylex – goes a long way to maximising summer fun while still ticking the practicalities off your “to do” list.

Lightening laundry loads

When you have a busy, active family, every day is laundry day, but don’t let laundry overload your life. Retractable clotheslines can be rolled away when company comes over, but what do you do when you’ve got a load of wet washing and guests arriving? The solution is the Hills Portable Clothesline.

This is no ordinary fold-up airer. The Hills Portable Clothesline offers a huge 21m of drying space, with enough width for a single sheet and adjustable height levels to allow for longer items. Built from the same weatherproof materials as a regular outdoor version, this ingenious tool is designed to be used inside and out. What’s more, with its nifty wheels, you can easily position it in the sun for speedy drying, and then move it out of sight before company calls.

Hills portable clothesline on a deck

Chore leave

If you have to do laundry, it’s more enjoyable to do it in style, especially a smart style that makes life easier. Hills are the masters of marrying form and function. The Hills Foldable Laundry Basket features a strong, lightweight bamboo frame and waterproof fabric, making it equally suitable for lugging wet sheets or serving as stylish storage. The Hills Premium Laundry Trolley excels as an extra set of hands, making it so much easier to wheel wet washing to the line and giving your back a break from stooping and lifting. Finish the job with Hills’ ergonomic and built-to-last pegs, which are built to last.

Hills foldable bamboo laundry basket in black on a laundry trolley

Beat the heat

As much as we want to spend every moment outside, sometimes the heat of high summer can be too much to bear – until now. Hook your home up to a Nylex Misting System, which can drop the temperature by up to 10°C, making yours the coolest backyard in the street. Simply attach the system to a standard hose, use the adjustable Slip-Lok fittings to direct the water where you want it to go, and enjoy cool relief.

Get the kinks out of your system

For healthy gardens and a lush, green lawn, good watering tools are your biggest help-mate. The first thing on your summer prep shopping list should be a kink-resistant hose like the Nylex Flextreme. Another way to avoid kinks is with the Nylex Auto-retractable Hose Reel, which winds the hose back smoothly into sleek housing.

Hook the Nylex Flextreme or the Nylex Auto-retractable Hose Reel up to the Nylex Oscillating Sprinkler Plus, which distributes water evenly  to an area of up to 170sqm. so you’ll have the lawn watered and be back to lounging in a shady spot in no time.

Nylex auto retractable hose reel mounted to an external wall

Shop the essentials

Browse our full range of Hills and Nylex practical products for your outdoor space.

Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.