Rope is something most of us have around the house, but it’s easy to overlook its many uses.
It’s especially handy for backyard living and for hauling stuff. Rope is great for camping, too, whether it’s tying down a tent, marking your site with a colorful one. or using a clothesline for drying towels.
“Clothesline is the top-selling type of rope, without a doubt,” says Jamie McGlumphy, product manager for the Lehigh Group that manufactures ropes of all kinds. “We’ve found that more than 43 percent of Americans dry their laundry on a clothesline or drying rack.”
Here’s a guide to the various household ropes on the market:
Sisal: Good for gardening. The natural fiber knots well (ideal for staking tomatoes and other plants) and resists sunlight.
Polypropylene/polyester mix: Good for clothesline. Durable yet flexible and holds knots well.
Braided nylon: Good for hammocks and tree swings. It’s a helpful material in backyard fun spots because it resists abrasion, sunlight damage, rot and mildew.
Twisted polypropylene: Good for water sports and pools. The rope is lightweight, floats and holds knots well without slipping.