Who doesn't want to save a little money and keep numerous dry goods fresher longer? Head to your laundry room and grab all the cloths pegs you can. Wooden ones are cheaper to buy.
Keep a stash in your "go to" kitchen drawer. Use a clothes peg to seal up the wax bags in all your cereal boxes, tube of opened crackers, and bags of chips, pretzels, and other snack food. Discard those tie wraps from loaves of bread and replace with a cloths peg. Use them in the refrigerator as well for bags of lettuce, cheese, and even frozen goods.
If you start your garden from seed, as I do, use them to reseal the seed packages and you can even write on the wooden pegs with planting info. I'm sure you'll find many more uses too!
By Angie from Russellville, KY
I don't have a clothes dryer I use clothes lines for hanging my clothes both inside and out. Over time some clothespins will break apart. I have tried putting them back together but they are weakened and will break again,so my husband puts them to great use:he makes rocking chairs out of them.
Paints some,stains some, they are great to set a tiny pot of artificial flowers in, a small stuffed doll(I make tiny Andy and annies). Or just by themselves they are very pretty shelf sitters. We sell them at craft shows for $6 to $10 each depending if they are plain or come with a doll or plant.
I don't have a dishwasher but use a dish drainer. I reuse plastic bags, so after washing, I use the clothespins to pin the bag to the drainer. I use them in my closet to hold slippery clothes on the hanger also.
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There are lots of uses for clothes pins! I have a hard time holding little nails still while I am getting ready to hammer them in the wall. Then I found about a great little tip - I hold the nail in place with a wooden spring type clothes pin.
Besides using as clip chips, I also hot glued a couple inside my cabinet to hold my rubber gloves. They also can hold small objects together while waiting for glue to dry. And hold curtains back in a pinch (you could even glue cute buttons on the front as a decorative touch).
By Carol from Landisville, PA
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No reason to buy expensive bag clips, just use a clothespin! Also, attach notes to your wall calendar to keep them safe. (03/30/2009)
My family used lots of towels when they shower. We had to cut down on expenses in order to make ends meet. Instead of washing their towels everyday, I let them hang their towels and reuse them. So now I only wash towels every other day, which saves money on the water and power bills each month. I write each one's name on a clothes pin and pin it to the damp towels after each shower. The next day, they know which dry towel is theirs by looking for their name on the clothes pin. (03/30/2009)
I use them to close all kinds of bags: bread bags, cereal bags, chip bags, frozen veggie bags, you get the idea. I use them in the cupboard, counter, in the fridge and in the freezer. Love, love, love them! (03/31/2009)
By Katie A.
I have used clothes pins to hold a piece of sponge. This is a great way to let your toddler or preschooler paint. They hold the clothes pin, dip in paint and then put on paper or object being painted. No mess, no fuss, easy cleanup. (04/01/2009)
I always keep a couple of clothespins in my suitcase, because it never fails - every hotel I've stayed in have curtains that gap at least a little and let outside light in(or peeping eyes!), so I clip the curtains together and prevent the gap.
My mom killed the battery in her car several times by forgetting the headlights were on. She began clipping a clothespin on her visor(pull visor down so it blocks vision) or her steering wheel. Then when she would get in, she'd see the clothespin and transfer it to her keychain before starting the car, so that when she turned the ignition off, there would be the clothespin on her keychain to remind her to turn her headlights off and put the pin back where she saved it.
I always thought my mom's method would be a good way for busy parents to remember their child is in the car and maybe prevent the ever-growing incidents of infants being forgotten and dying in vehicles. (04/14/2009)
I do a lot of knitting and crocheting using instructions I have put into see-through sheet protectors. When trying to follow line after line of instructions, it's hard to not lose your place. My remedy is this: Take a spring type clothespin, a popsicle stick and some wood glue (I use Titebond ll). Hold the clothespin open and put some glue onto one side (where it clips onto the clothes) and put the popsicle stick flat-side down on top of the glue. Be sure to wipe off excess glue (if there is too much), center it as to where you want it placed and close the open side down onto the popsicle stick. Let dry overnight...(I always let glue of any type dry for 24 hours). When it is ready, I use it to clip onto the side of my page of directions and use it as a line by line marker. I've made several to use as I always have more then one project going at any given time. Keep in mind that the marker does not go all the way across the page, but, all in all it works wonderfully (at least for me). =(^-^)=