GO GREEN Clean Fresh Laundry
GO GREEN Clean Fresh Laundry
We all love the smell of clean fresh air and fresh laundry. Now you can have it and save a bundle of money. What could be better? It seems like everything old is new again. Or could it be we are just starting to realize that the ways of our parents and grandparents might have been better for our health? Do we really need chemicals embedded in our clothes just to smell good? I think not. Fresh from the air outside beats chemical perfumes any day. Our country is realizing greener living is not just better for us from a health standpoint but in the case of clothes drying, it can save a lot of money. I actually save $50.00 a month by hanging my laundry outside. If it rains, you can put the laundry on clothes bars and then fold up the bars for easy storage when the fresh laundry is dry. Clothes that hang outside also stay brighter and whiter than clothes dried in an electric dryer.
It appears people in the 1700’s were actually the first people to use a form of clothes pegs to dry their clothes. They used a wooden peg. The peg was made from a piece of wood with a split up the middle. Wire was then wrapped around the top to hold it together so it doesn’t split completely though which would render the peg useless. This was a definite improvement over laying the wet clothes on the ground or over some bushes but it did leave a lot to be desired.
The first clothespin as we know them today was designed by a Vermonter. I am a born and raised Vermonter so this holds interest to me. I have always felt that Vermonter’s, by nature, are full of ingenuity. David M. Smith of Springfield, VT got a patent for his spring action clothespin in 1853. There were 146 patents filed for clothespins from 1852 – 1887. Everyone was thrilled to have a better way to dry clothes that did not fall off the clothesline.
Times change and the electric clothes dryer appeared in just about everyone’s home. Hanging laundry became a thing of the past. No one seemed to care that an estimated 5% of energy consumption was spent on drying clothes. Quick fixes come with a price. Sadly, in 2002 only the National Clothespin Company in Montpelier, VT was still operating. In just five more years it too would become a memory. Wooden clothespins were replaced with plastic or cheaply made wooden clothespins from China. These modern day, Chinese-made clothespins break easily and do not last very long. In addition, they have a hard time holding any weight. It can be very frustrating to try to hang even a pair of jeans when the wet weight of the jean causes the clothespin to fail.
Fortunately, there is a new solution. There is a family, Kevin & Hilary with their three kids that live on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. Kevin has designed an American made clothespin that will knock your socks off. They are made from hard wood end pieces left over from the manufacturing of guitars and have a heavy duty stainless steel spring. These babies are not going to fall apart on you and they come with a lifetime warranty. They are 3.5” long and 7/16” wide which allows them to hold weight that other clothespins cannot come close to doing. I purchased 50 of these gems. I can tell you first hand they match the hype. They grip the clothes so you don’t have to worry about them falling off with the first wind that comes along. I hung up my husband’s jeans, you know how heavy they can be, and they stayed put with two clothespins.
Here is the best part, Kevin’s Clothespins is currently having a giveaway that you might want to check out. (I do not have a connection to this company but I do feel they are worth checking out.) I always like FREE, what could be better? See below how you can be a potential winner of these great clothespins. Happy hanging!
Enter to win 30 Clothes Pins – Handmade, heavy duty, made of left over hard wood end pieces from the manufacturing of guitars. (There will be 3 winners of 30 Clothes Pins)
This giveaway is being sponsored by:
Hilary & Kevin Jones of The Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter.
Website – http://ladyandthecarpenter.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ladyandthecarpenter
Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/519938320/creating-a-clothespin-you-can-love
How Many Winners – Three Winners Of 30 Clothes Pins Each…
March 12th 12am EST
March 21st 12am EST
Who Can Enter – Anyone 18 of years or older, and residents of the USA…
The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent.