“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Clothes Pegs „
I normally use my tumble dryer, and anything that can go in the tumble dryer does. However not everything can be tumble dried and so I normally dry these things on the maiden. I'm forever moving the maiden around the house as I like to leave it in the warmest room so that the clothes can dry quicker, there's nothing worse than having damp washing hanging around the house for days on end. My husband hates seeing washing in the house hanging on the maiden in the house and is always muttering about how untidy the house looks and why can't I dry it outside. There's two reasons why I can't dry it outside, one we don't have a clothes line!, and two the temperamental British weather!
Last summer I decided to try and pacify him slightly by moving the maiden outside on fine days to dry the washing. This worked well enough until most of my washing started to blow off the maiden across the garden one particularly windy way. Next time I was in Ikea I picked up a packet of their Pressa clothes pegs to solve that problem.
The Ikea Pressa clothes pegs come in a pack of 50 for just £1. They're available in 3 different colours; red, dark grey and white, I bought a red pack. They come tightly packed and shrink wrapped, the problem when you open the packet is that they are all just loose with nothing to store them in, I've stashed all of my loose pegs in a large freezer bag. The packaging stated that the pegs are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, I'm not sure why you'd need to use them indoors though as there's no wind to blow anything away. The pegs themselves are plastic, with a steel spring, and the packaging stated that the plastic is treated with UV protection to delay it's aging, I guess that's handy so that they don't end up warped and ruined in the sun.
The rails on my maiden are quite thick, much thicker than a clothes line would be, and I did worry that the pegs wouldn't actually clamp over the rail plus the item of clothing, they actually fit fine though - even over chunky sweaters or hoodies. They have a large 'hole' towards the bottom of the peg which is big enough to clamp over the rail of my maiden and the item of clothing and hold it securely. Alternatively you could clasp the peg over a clothes line further up where it's a bit thinner. The pegs seem sturdy enough to last a few years, none of mine have broken at all, and they haven't gone stiff at all, they are still just as easy to open and close.
They work as they should, and none of my washing blows off the maiden anymore when I take it outside. I'd buy these again if I ever needed replacements. I would also consider paying a bit more next time if Ikea were to bring out an option with some sort of peg holder as it would be classier than my freezer bag!
Unfortunately we don't have an Ikea close to us, but every so often we make an effort to visit our closest store, which is over an hour away. We always come away with a trolley full of bits and pieces, that are both cheap and useful and different. Recently we made a visit to Ikea and again came away with some household items, including this pack of Pressa Pegs, which costs £1.19 for 50 pegs.
With a baby now, we have double the washing, not only because she has a tendency to bring up mouthfuls of milk and cover her clothes, meaning they need washed very often, but also, since we are using reusable nappies, we also have more washing. In fact, we recently had to purchase another airer to help with the washing when it can't be put out on the line. So with this extra washing to get dried, we obviously need more pegs to hang the washing.
When I first saw these pegs I wasn't particulary keen as I didn't really like the look of them. They looked big and ugly and cumbersome compared with the smaller pegs that I already had. However I didn't exactly want t pay a fortune for clothes pegs and so I thought for the reasonable price that they were I would take a pack. When I opened the pack, and let the pegs come loose, as they were very tightly packed, I thought they looked a bit better than I first thought.
Ikea states that these pegs are suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, which is only to be expected from clothes pegs. They have been treated with UV protection to prevent against the ageing of the plastic. Although these pegs come in a variety of colours, it was only the white pegs that were available at our local Ikea store.
Having been using these pegs now for the last couple of weeks, I have been very very impressed. I find that the traditional shaped smaller pegs that can sometimes not hold washing as tightly onto the line on a very windy day. Also, with the reusable nappies, which can be quite thick and heavy on a line or airer, these pegs hold them in place very securely. Since using these pegs, not once has anything come off the line despite windy days and they do seem to have a good hold of the clothing item.
What I wanted from these pegs were that they were good at holding washing on a line on a windy day, and would last. Obviously time will tell with the latter of these hopes, but in terms of holding the washing, they work a treat especially on a windy day. At a very cheap price of £1.19 for a pack for 50 they are also excellent value for the quality.