Clothespin Hacks You Need to Know

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find these clothespin hacks invaluable. If you don’t have these little workhorses, go out and pick up a pack. They’re super cheap, and you can easily find them in the laundry section of most discount stores.

Back in the day, one of the biggest uses for clothespins was hanging laundry out to dry on the clothesline. Now that most of us have electric or gas dryers that do the job, we don’t air our laundry for all the neighbors to see.

You'll discover multiple uses for clothespins.
Keep clothespins in every room of the house for those times you need them.

Wooden Clothespin Hacks

Even though we’ve graduated from outdoor laundry drying, we don’t have to toss our clothespins into the recycle pile. In fact, we can actually put them to good use.

Clothespins are ideal tools for a number of things:

  • Holding things together
  • Closing bags and other articles
  • Putting items on display
  • Variety of craft projects

Clothespin Hacks in the Kitchen

You’ll find a variety of uses for clothespins in the kitchen. Without a doubt, you’ll find more uses that you can ever imagine for these little workhorses.

One of the uses for clothespins is to seal a chip bag after it's been opened.
Clothespins make great chip clips.

Here are some uses I’ve found for clothespins in the kitchen:

  • Chip clip – You don’t need a designated chip clip to seal bags of chips, nuts, and other snacks. A clothespin works just as well.
  • Bag clip – After using a partial bag of frozen vegetables, use a clothespin to close the bag before putting them back into the freezer.
  • Cookbook placeholder – Having two clothespins is especially convenient when you’re trying to follow a recipe in a cookbook.
  • Refrigerator magnet – Attach a magnet to one side of a clothespin and pop it up onto the refrigerator. Now you can hang your children’s artwork and change them out when they create new masterpieces. If you want to get fancy, hand the kids markers or paintbrushes and let them decorate the clothespins.
  • Trash bag holder – Secure the trash bag to the edge of the garbage can with a clothespin to prevent it from falling into the can.

Clothespin Hacks for the Bedroom or Bathroom

Another use for clothespins is to elevate a toothbrush head off the counter.
Protect your toothbrush from germy countertops.

Keep a stash of clothespins in the bedroom and bathroom. Here’s a list of ideas I’ve found:

  • Hang accessories – You can hang scarves, gloves, socks, and other soft accessories by clipping them with clothespins. Basically, all you have to do is attach one side of the clothespin to a board or other flat surface that you hang on the wall. Another way to hang them is to clip the clothespins to the bottoms of wire hangers.
  • Pants hangers – You don’t need a designated pants hanger if you have clothespins and a regular hanger. All you have to do is slip the clothespins over the bottom of the hanger, clip your pants, and you’re good to go.
  • Makeshift toothbrush holders – If you’re traveling, you don’t have to worry about your toothbrush touching the countertop. As long as you have a clothespin, you have a toothbrush holder.
  • Toothpaste saver – Squeeze your toothpaste from the end and secure with a clothespin to prevent the paste from oozing back into the tube.
  • Curtain holder – You can close a gap in hotel room blackout curtains if you have a couple of clothespins in your suitcase. All you have to do is clip the drapes together in the middle where the light typically shines through.

Outdoor Clothespin Hacks

Not only can you use clothespins indoors, but you can also take them outside. Here are a few ideas I’ve discovered:

  • Plant marker – When you plant seeds or seedlings, you can keep track of each item by jotting it on the end of the clothespins and pushing them into the ground near the plant.
  • Protection from sun – Use clothespins to hang a towel or blanket over an umbrella or overhang to keep the sun from shining in your eyes.
  • Finger protector – If you don’t have a long lighter or matches, use a clothespin to hold a shorter match to light the grill.
  • Tablecloth holder – Keep a tablecloth in place and prevent the wind from blowing it away by clipping it to the edge of the picnic table with clothespins.

More Clothespin Hacks

There are so many things you’ll discover that clothespins can do you’ll wonder how you ever got along without them. Drop a few clothespins into your toolbox, your desk drawer, and your suitcase for those times when they might come in handy.

Use a clothespin to keep your bills and other paperwork organized.
Organize your paperwork with clothespins.

Here are even more uses I’ve found for clothespins:

  • Thumb protector – When you have to hammer a nail, use a clothespin to help get you started. This will keep your thumb out of the way, so if the hammer slips, you’ll be just fine.
  • Paperwork organizer – Using a Sharpie, label each clothespin with what you plan to clip before you place it in your “in” basket. Some of the labels might be “paid bills,” “unpaid bills,” and “to be filed.” You can also color code them by covering them with paint.
  • Wire separator – Label the clothespins with the types of wires you’re storing or securing and clip them near the plug so you’ll know which goes to each device or appliance.
  • Card hanger – Clip clothespins to a piece of rope and hang in doorways or across the mantle. This makes it easy to hang your birthday and holiday cards.
  • Bookmark – If you don’t have a bookmark, don’t bend the pages. Instead, use a clothespin to hold your place.
  • Crafts – Create fun kids’ crafts using clothespins. Also, a clothespin makes an excellent clamp to hold your craft items together while the glue dries.
  • Note clip – Clip a reminder note to a folder, placemat, car visor or any other flat item.
Keep hotel curtains closed by using one of these clothespin hacks.
Clothespins will hold your curtains together to prevent light from streaming through.

Genius Hacks for Using Clothespins

You’ll be amazed by all the uses you’ll find for wooden clothespins. Keep a pack in each room of the house, and reach for them when you need to clamp anything. Although they’re super inexpensive, you’ll find them useful in a variety of ways.

Another clothespin hack is to clip a note to your placemat as a reminder.
Clip a note to a placemat as a reminder.

Frequently Asked Questions About Clothespins

Clothespins have been around for many years. People have taken them for granted, yet they are such helpful little workhorses.

What Are Clothespins Made Of?

Originally, clothespins were made of wood and connected by a thin piece of wire. Now you can also find them made of other materials, such as plastic or resin.

How Long and Wide is a Typical Wooden Clothespin?

The standard size of a clothespin is 3-1/2 inches long by 3/8 inches wide.

Where Can You Find Clothespins?

You can find clothespins in most discount stores, such as Walmart or Target. Many dollar stores also carry them.

Who Invented the Clothespin?

The first patent of the clothespin similar to the one we currently have went to a Vermont inventor named David Smith, in 1853.

Old-Fashioned Clothespins

As a young girl, I loved helping my grandma hang clothes and sheets on the clothesline. We wore aprons with large pockets that held the clothespins.

Not only was it a cathartic experience everything had a fresh smell from the sun and gentle breeze. That probably wouldn’t be the case where we live now because there are so many cars and other city smells. Automobile fumes don’t have quite the same appeal as the country air where my grandparents lived in Mississippi.

One of the things I like to do is find solutions to time issues. If you’d like to save time in the kitchen, here’s something that should help: 10 Quick and Easy Cooking Hacks.

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