The weather has been brighter and it has been so good to be able to dry washing outside.
But as I pegged out my laundry, I started wondering about the way I do it.
For instance- which way up should you peg things? I was looking for clip art of a washing line and found these drawings
My pegging technique is the complete opposite to these.
- I peg trousers by the bottom of the legs, so that the thickest, heaviest part [waistband] is hanging at the bottom, and it can drip dry more efficiently
- Shirts also get pegged upside-down for the same reason
- Teeshirts likewise [the straight hem goes along the line, and I do not get peg marks at the shoulders]
- Socks are pegged by the toes
- Most clothes are pegged inside out, which helps prevent fading, and helps pockets to dry properly.
I have a random assortment of pegs in the bag – ranging from a few trad wooden dolly pegs[leftover from craft projects] through assorted plastic ones, up to the swish Lakeland spring ones [gift from SIL]
The Lakeland ones are really good, I have to admit. I bought a bag of pegs for Cornerstones in the Poundshop in 2009, and discovered over Easter that the plastic has gone brittle, so every time I squeezed one to peg something out, the peg shattered and had to be discarded. Clearly that was a false economy.
But is the position of things on the line significant?W ith a rotary dryer, longer, larger things need the higher, wider lines nearer the edge – so sheets and bath towels are pegged out last.
I would not consider myself particularly prudish- but I realise that with the rotary dryer, I always peg my underwear at the centre, near the post – and surround it with larger items [towels, tee shirts etc] In Norfolk, where there are two close, parallel lines, sheets go to the outside, and smalls on the inner line. But are my neighbours really interested in “Mrs Vicar’s Knickers”?
Another friend pegs her ‘smalls’ on one of these contraptions, and hangs it in an out of the way corner.
I checked out the Good Housekeeping Institute’s website for advice on drying laundry . It was singularly unhelpful, and just said “29 results. Related products – gin, prosecco, tumble dryers” -
My advice? Just remember the old rhyme and watch out for blackbirds!