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Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« on: October 18, 2023, 12:29:27 PM »
Do you have any clothespin recommendation? Or ďsock octopusĒ multi hanger thing-a-ma-bob recommendations. 

When I bought both 15-20 years ago it seems like I just picked them up at the Dollar General but they donít seems to carry the sock octo any more and the pins are puny or not in stock.

My sock octos are disintegrating and breaking. I bought a new one via Amazon but it is flimsy and falling apart after light use.

My original wooden clothes pins are still going strong but we have more family members now and could use more. The ones currently available are small and flimsy.

I welcome recommendations.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2023, 12:37:49 PM »
I get great mileage out of these guys:


They're cheap, tough, and hold clothes way better than clothes clips I've tried.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2023, 12:57:04 PM »
Wow. Interesting. Rust isnít an issue?

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2023, 01:05:23 PM »
You can try asking for clothespins using your local Buy Nothing group on Facebook.


If you've got plenty of plastic hangers, you could simply hang your clothes on the hangers and put the hangers on the clothesline. It'll save you a step when it comes to putting the dry clothes away.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2023, 01:26:46 PM »
We have 4 octopus hanger thingies from IKEA.
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/pressa-hanging-dryer-with-16-clothes-clips-turquoise-10421217/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=surfaces&utm_campaign=shopping_feed&utm_content=free_google_shopping_clicks_Homeorganisation&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhL6pBhDjARIsAGx8D5-uW2CzCmcwEQqehRw_YnDknv8aRyCYt4C4OmKMLpQRUogssUQbAwEaAlzOEALw_wcB

We get heavy duty clothes pegs from an independent Home Hardware store in a town with a high population of Mennonites.

I find clothes hangers leave a bulge in the sleeve if the item dries on it. To avoid odd stretching I hang items at the seam in the least noticeable place.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2023, 01:35:20 PM »
Wow. Interesting. Rust isnít an issue?

It hasn't been for the ones I've been using so far.

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2023, 03:25:05 PM »

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2023, 03:57:17 PM »
Over here these are popular. They don't rust (I got marine grade as I live by the sea) and don't break. They may outlive you.


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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2023, 06:44:35 PM »
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Wood-Clothes-Pins-Beige-50-Count/21081344?athbdg=L1200

Cheaper buying two packs of 50 than one pack of 100.

+1.  We've been using these super cheap wooden clothes pins for 6-7 years without much issue.  I suppose a handful of 100 have broken.  We do bring them inside with the clothes, so they don't really get weathered.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2023, 09:51:32 AM »
Ahah. Thanks yíall.

There is no ikea nearby but maybe I just need to hold out or pay shipping on sock octos.

The stainless pins look amazing! A quick search isnít showing any of that brand available in the us. I may have to look further.

The Mennonite tip is also a good one. We sometimes get to an area with Mennonite and Amish people. I might be able to check into those stores. 

As for the Walmart wooden pins, I have a pack of those I picked up around 2013.  They work for light items but donít hold up to heavier items or to wind, unless theyíve gotten sturdier over the years.

Thanks for these ideas!

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2023, 08:48:44 PM »
Dang, you guys are fancy!
I just drape my clothes over the line, or the dowel if I'm using the wooden drying rack.

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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2023, 10:10:21 PM »
Dang, you guys are fancy!
I just drape my clothes over the line, or the dowel if I'm using the wooden drying rack.
If we wanted to lose all our clothes to the wind, we could do this...

@GuitarStv's suggestion would hold the clothes on the line but the clothes would get holes on the sharp edges when the wind whips them around.

The stainless steel pins are our solution and you should be able to find them/an equiv online.

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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2023, 05:27:26 AM »
Dang, you guys are fancy!
I just drape my clothes over the line, or the dowel if I'm using the wooden drying rack.
If we wanted to lose all our clothes to the wind, we could do this...

@GuitarStv's suggestion would hold the clothes on the line but the clothes would get holes on the sharp edges when the wind whips them around.

The stainless steel pins are our solution and you should be able to find them/an equiv online.

I don't lose all, just a couple; shake the slugs off and good to go 👍

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2023, 07:29:45 AM »
@GuitarStv's suggestion would hold the clothes on the line but the clothes would get holes on the sharp edges when the wind whips them around.

I don't think it's as windy here as you're describing!  I think those stainless steel laundry clips do look pretty good though.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2023, 08:01:00 AM »
Our clothes line goes back into the ravine. If the clothes come off, they often catch in a tree and are really hard to get back. I thought I was clever getting the arborist to install the wheel in a snag he left after cutting off the top.

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Re: Line drying - clothes pin recommendations etc
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2023, 11:32:34 AM »
IKEA has the best sock octopus, definitely.

All of my clothespins are from the thrift store. Teachers use them for classroom charts, and at the end of the year they bag them and send them on, so all of mine have names on them. Lol Some are definitely sturdier than others, but at $1/bag, thatís okay.

I also have a bunch of large plastic clothespins that I bought at a yard sale. They are nice enough that we mostly use them for bag clips.