Line-dried laundry is one of life’s simple pleasures. Clothes smell fresh without artificial fragrance. Gravity pulls out most wrinkles without the need of an iron. And one of my favorite reasons… enjoying the sounds of nature while sheets dry on the line… no hmm of a dryer interrupting song birds. But one other item goes hand in hand with a clothes line. It is the humble clothespin. Its purpose in life is to securely attach your laundry.
If you use your line frequently, you have encountered a problem when using wooden clothespins. Mold. Even though we may glance to the skies or follow the weather forecast, laundry and clothes pins get rained on (and in some instances snow makes an unexpected appearance). All of that weather can have an impact on those clothespin… even in arid climates. With prolonged exposure, it may just be a matter of time before the tell-tale black spots make their appearance. But clean sheets and moldy clothespins aren’t a good combination. Just what is a person to do besides run out and buy replacements? Bleach them!
Don’t toss out those pins just because of mold. They can be cleaned quite easily. All it takes is a little time, a large bucket or bin, water, bleach, and some time.
Steps to Removing Mold from Wooden Clothespins
- Combine ten parts water to one part bleach. (Use cold or warm water and do this in a well-ventilated area.)
- Add your clothespins carefully so as not to splash the water/bleach mixture on your clothing.
- Allow the clothes pins to soak for at least 6 hours or overnight. If the pins still have black spots, let them soak for a few more hours. (We generally soak overnight for best results.)
- Drain the water/bleach mixture.
- Place clothes pins on a screen and air-dry.
Once the clothespins are completely dry (turn them over just to be sure), they are ready to use. Now get out there and hang your laundry. If the pins get moldy, you are now armed with 5 easy steps to clean them.