As a mother of three kids, I hang out laundry every day so I consider myself somewhat of an expert on clothes pegs! Here in (mostly) sunny Australia, we have optimum conditions for line drying clothes but not all clothes pegs can handle Australian conditions, that’s where Best Pegs come in!
Plastic clothes pegs are prone to breaking and it’s unfortunately a common sight to see tiny broken plastic peg fragments beneath a clothesline. These either stay embedded in the soil, or get hosed out into stormwater drains where they make their way into our waterways, you’d be shocked at how many pegs wash up on beaches, I even started the hashtag #pegsgonewild to document this global problem.
Wooden clothes pegs are another option but in my experience the wood slides off the spring, the spring rusts and the pegs eventually go mouldy and stain clothes. Plus, where does this wood come from? Do you think it is sustainably sourced? Probably not.
The best clothes pegs are stainless steel pegs. However, be warned, they are not all created equal and there are a couple of things to look out for when shopping for stainless steel pegs:
Firstly, the grade of the stainless steel is very important. 201 grade will rust if left outside. 304 grade is better, but does not have the same anti-corrosion properties as 316 marine grade stainless steel. Best Pegs are made from genuine 316 marine grade stainless steel and are independently tested to confirm this.
Second, check the length of the peg as many are smaller. Best Pegs are 76mm long, the same size as regular pegs. Many other stainless steel pegs are smaller, at 59mm, so can’t hold as much.
Third, check the wire thickness. Best Pegs are made from 2mm thick wire so they’re strong enough to hold heavier items in windy conditions. Many other steel pegs use 1.7mm wire so they are not as strong.
Best Pegs are perfect for Australia’s harsh climate and can withstand hot summer days and coastal conditions. They are fine to leave out on the clothesline, however we do recommend washing them now and then to keep them in top condition.
“But won’t they heat up in the sun?” This is a very common question and the answer is “NO!” Even on the hottest 40 degree summer days they don’t heat up. Check out our FAQ page for other common questions about our clothes pegs.
Best Pegs are available in a variety of pack sizes to suit your needs. Head on over to our online store to check out the range!