I usually hang my clothes outside in the Summer, I do this in the winter as well, but I usually hang them inside in the winter. In the summer the wind is a force that can blow your clothes down if not properly secured. My question is how to properly secure clothes in this wind without clothespins.

Reason: My clothespins are used by others who take them, lose them, break them, etc. Buying and making more can be time consuming and/or costly since I do it a fair amount.

Things I have tried:

  • Hangers are a great alternative for the home. But since they just hang onto the line and cant be secured they fall off a lot and are not good for outside use. Tying them with strings or attaching paperclips to them makes it hard for them to be removed.

  • Using Binder clips and/or hair clips is a good method, but I never have enough.

  • Paper clips tend to ruin clothes.

Is there a better method?

  • Metal cable and small neodymium magnets?
    – user22124
    Commented Sep 13, 2017 at 9:25
  • Binder clips work well, but also, i usually buy ALOT of clothespins when their on sale, and they last forever!
    – Poop
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 22:50

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I do laundry while camping often and clothespegs truly are a good solution to the problem of securing laundry. That said, you have some options.

First, consider using the clothes to secure themselves. For example, unbutton a pair of pants, then close the button up around the line so it hangs. It won't dry as fast as if it was pegged out, but it will be faster than if it was lying on the ground after falling off. Wrap a shirt around the line horizontally - neck end to your left, say and waist end to your right - then do up the buttons to hold the shirt on. Or undo one end of the line and put it through a sleeve, and out the neck, or through a sleeve, across the body of the shirt and out the other sleeve (works for Tshirts as well as button shirts.) These things won't help you with your "smalls" but might let you conserve a limited number of pegs to use for those things that really need them.

Or, you can buy a pegless washing line. This is made of two or more stretchy lines wound together. You pull the two apart a bit to stick a corner of a towel or clothing item through the hole, and when you let go, the elastic holds on to the item.

elastic pegless line

Many (but not all) are marked Indoor, but you could try them outside. There are also pegless lines made of plastic clips that are marked outdoor.

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I found an elastic version on Amazon for less than $3, though you might need more than one to get enough length for a full load of washing.

  • Thank You. I can see this working and I won't have to buy extra things. This is awesome! I will try the peg less line, it would totally save money and time.
    – Pobrecita
    Commented May 23, 2015 at 2:48

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