No pegs, no problem

When growing up, milk was carried in metal pots, dairy products were freshly made by farmers and everything was organic. Clothes pegs and hangers used to be made of wood. Some of you might not believe this, but growing up, I was watching a TV with wooden casing. Everything was great the way it was and everything can be great again as long as we manage to say no to everything plastic. Luckily more and more people are going plastic free and become zero waste.

clothes pinned down with colorful pegs while drying

There are everyday household items, like clothes pegs for example that need to be replaced quite often. Plastic pegs when exposed to a lot of sunlight, become brittle and break very easily. There are wooden and wire alternatives which are quite popular, but there is something way better than any of these: No pegs are the best pegs!

Your mind starts racing: The wind will blow everything off the line… How do I keep small items on the line without a peg?

With the twisted rope method you can eliminate the use of pegs all together.Twisted rope method for securing drying clothesNormally you’d secure your clothes line between two anchor points, so here are the instructions on how to become peg free:

  1. measure the distance between the anchor points
  2. get a rope at least twice as long as the distance between the anchor points (add 1 meter extra)
  3. fold the rope in half
  4. secure the middle of the rope to 1 anchor point
  5. start twisting the rope until the twisted part is long enough to reach the second anchor point.
  6. Secure the rope
  7. Start using it

small drying items held tight with the twisted rope methodThe twists have to be semi tight. If you make the folds too tight, you will have a hard time inserting anything in between. If the folds are too loose, they won’t hold very well.

twisted rope method for securing drying clothes to the lineOne more thing to look out for is the colour of the rope, as some rope release their colour and can stain the clothes. Luckily the stains from my rope are not permanent. With the next wash it comes out, but we want clean clothes off the line, not stained ones, right?

Benefits of the twisted rope technique:

  • No pegs (obviously)
  • Holds very well in big wind as well
  • better space efficiency by overlapping clothes
  • Removing clothes from the line is much faster (this is especially good when you are saving your clothes from the approaching rain)

twisted rope method holds clothes tight in strong windI hope this idea will help you want to go peg free today!


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