Hey Lifehacker, When hanging out the washing I always double-peg each item. That is to say, I use one peg per piece of clothing, and each peg shares with the item next to it. My wife thinks this is a terrible idea.
She says that this causes wet spots in the corners, but in the Australian sun, does it really? This method saves time hanging the clothes (less searching for pegs) and speeds up bringing it in by almost 50 per cent! Handy for avoiding sunburn. What's your take? And any other clothesline tips? Thanks, Jake The (Single) Peg
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Opinions on this have been known to vary — even within our own office. Personally, I'm a big believer in the double-peg approach for all the reasons you've listed above. By contrast, Angus reckons it's a sucky method; especially if you're using an indoor clothesline in cool weather.
They key is to ensure minimal overlap by placing the peg at the furthest corner of each item of clothing. While damp patches still occur, their surface area won't be large enough to linger and will typically dry out in the cupboard without attracting a musty smell.
The only way this could be a hassle is if you needed to wear something as soon as it comes off the line. Even then, it's usually a tiny, invisible splotch that you can barely feel against your skin. If any readers disagree, feel free to back up JTSP's wife in the comments section below.
As for other clothesline tips, some obvious ones that spring to mind include folding as you go to save time, keeping the pegs in a bag over your shoulder and giving wrinkle-prone items a good shake before hanging them up. Also make sure that none of your clothes are folded over in the middle, as this will cause far more dampness than the double-peg approach.
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