Innovation and invention: Why didn’t I think of that?

September 10, 2009 By Paul Wagorn

Sometimes a picture needs almost no explanation:

The clothespin-hanger
The clothespin-hanger

This great idea solves the problem of how to dry all the clothes in the laundry at once, and also helps rid laundry of clothespin marks.  I would imagine that these clotespin-hangers would also double as regular hangers once the clothes are dry.

The sheer simplicity of these hangers is what impresses me most about these innovative and creative hangers.

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before hanging the clothesline, tie knots with 6" spacing. use regular hangers on the line. the knots will keep the hangers from sliding.
Posted by Deanoooo on December 1, 2010

Do you know who manufactures these?
Posted by Mona on August 18, 2010

Why not just hang the hanger on the clothesline?
Posted by MikeK on April 14, 2010

Why not just put the clothes on a hanger and hang them inside on a bathroom curtain rod or make a stand outside to hang clothes on hangers? It seems that'd be a lot simpler since most people have dryers and don't have to hang dry stuff much.
Posted by Jenn on March 22, 2010

You could at a clothpin-style clip to this and ditch the metal spring. Cheaper to manufacture and just as effective.
Posted by glittalogik on September 15, 2009

@dubsman Positioning. You don't want your clothes to all slide together; the clothes in the middle won't get as dry.
Posted by ironiridis on September 15, 2009

Um, what? I fail to see what has been accomplished in that photo.
Posted by Jrix on September 15, 2009

Clothesline bow in the middle. If the shirts are touching they aren't going to dry well will they. A strong breeze will also knock them off at the right angle as well.
Posted by David Li on September 15, 2009

yes...they slip that much
Posted by Burt on September 15, 2009

Ditch the spring and the extra part and just use a second smaller hook.
Posted by roxm on September 15, 2009

I usually pin socks up between...sock, sock, shirt, sock, sock, shirt.

But these would be handy in a few instances, anyhow.

Dubsman, you must have more tension in your clotheslines than I.
Posted by Joel on September 15, 2009

dubsman: coat hangers on a clotheline tend to all weigh down the line and bunch up in one spot. the advantage of having the clothespin hold it to the line is that they don't slide.

the workaround right now is to use clothespins along the line to let the hangers fall into that.
Posted by jose nazario on September 15, 2009

why not put a clothespin on the line next to the hanger to keep gravity from pulling it to the middle? clothespins are dirt cheap, and I imagine these would cost more than your average hanger. doesn't seem like a great idea to me - just one to sucker people out of their money.
Posted by David B. on September 15, 2009

The don't look like they'd hold up well during a windy day, and if you are hanging clothes on an outdoor clothesline, you want some wind.
Posted by Ess on September 15, 2009

not bad, but why is this a major advantage over using ordinary hangars, I do.....they don't slip that much
Posted by dubsman on September 15, 2009

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