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Do you take your pegs down when you're not using them or do you leave them on the clothesline?

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At home, we always took our pegs down. My in-laws don't and the pegs get pretty disgusting in the heat and rain.

Do you take your pegs down when you're not using them or do you just leave them on the clothesline and why?

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I always seem to take my pegs off the line, and put back in the basket, but the basket stays outside....for some reason!
No, I do not take the pegs down.

What is the point of that?

It would be a waste of time to put them up and down each time you use them, and I buy very expensive ones and they last in the Perth heat for about 3 years minimum.

I find the cheap ones do not last even one season, however mine are not "pretty disgusting" as you say -mine always look the same.

I do get my house sprayed outside for spiders so never have spider webs in them.
by Finy

Could NOT bear to leave pegs on line. Absolute & total anathema to ME! It's just plain laziness!

I've a peg cloth 'basket' & they stay in that, INSIDE my house!

The brand I've used my whole life is 'REVA' Pegs. They're plastic, have a comfy grip, & last for ages!

Wooden pegs haven't been used in my family for decades'. If you leave them out in sun, wind & rain, would imagine they'd not only stain clothes, but also crack?
I also have used REVA pegs, and they last for years, because I put them in my peg tin after the clothes come off the line
by phil.
Yes, phil, REVA pegs have always been good quality. That's why I've used them for over FORTY years! Think I'm only onto my third 'batch' now!
Not too many products left, in this day & age, which give one 'quality'! Cheers!
by donjo
Interesting to hear you say that you have used REVA pegs for over 40 years.
I think I can beat that, and say close to 50 years. As you say you cant beat quality.
by phil.
I always take my pegs off the line. I think it looks untidy with pegs on the line, and you always have to move them before you can hang out the clothes! To me, that is time wasting!
Agreed. :)
by Vee
No, they stay on the line. I used to take them down but the more children I acquired, the easier it got to use them on the line.
Strange as it seems - I do both....depends if I am in a hurry or not!
I use plastic pegs (the wooden ones rot) and they break down if you leave them on the line. I keep them in a bag mde of shade cloth fabric and hang that on the line.
I always take mine down and bring them in - we have so much wind and rain here that any pegs left outside would soon be either rotten or blown away! I also fold up my line after every use as the garden is too small to leave it up and it saves having to wash it before hanging out the clothes.
We take them down after we've taken off the clothes. There is just something about leaving them open to the elements constantly that make me slightly uncomfortable. I think this may weaken them overtime. I could be wrong.
I'm sure you're right. I hate when the peg leaves residue on the clothes. Arh!!
by Vee
I take them off.
by Rice
they come off and into the peg container, not much point on the line you still have to take them off to be able to peg the clothes.
I take my pegs down and put them in a bucket. I hate the thought of them going manky and leaving marks on clothes. I also hate the thought of them going manky and having to be replaced - I hate waste.
by Vee
I always return them to my large cloth peg container and put it back in the laundry with the washing basket. They do deteriorate over the years. I broughg somd coloured pegs back from Germany in 1990 and some are becoming brittle so even exposing them to the sun on normal wash days takes its toll on them.
I tend to leave the clothes pegs in the basket outside.
Remembering Mom's Clothesline

There is one thing that's left out. We had a long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.) didn't brush the ground and get dirty. I can hear my mother now.


(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes -
walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!
What would the neighbours think?
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend,
or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... clothes would "freeze-dry."

9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pegs when taking down dry clothes!
pegs left on the lines were "tacky"!

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item
did not need two clothes pegs, but shared one of the clothes pegs with the next washed item.

11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

12. IRONED? Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!

My own mum is very particular when it comes to hanging washing. And even though I followed her instructions as meticulously as I knew how, she would take the washing down after I had hung it up and rehang it herself.
by Vee

A clothesline was a news forecast,
To neighbours passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep,
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link,
For neighbours always knew
If company had stopped by
to spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets",
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths",
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth,
From folks who lived inside,
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could,
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a dressing gown too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "On holiday now",
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged,
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon,
If wash was dingy and grey,
As neighbours carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
for dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home,
is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life,
it was a friendly sign
when neighbours knew each other best...
by what hung on the line.
I thoroughly enjoyed that! LOL - thank you! :-D
by Vee
Off the line and into the peg basket ( well ours is actually a bucket, but whatever!). Looks tidier and the pegs last longer.
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