What loonie-bins get excited about clothes-pins!? Liveaboard Sailors!
We have a washer/dryer on Golden Glow, but there is nothing like letting our clothes dry in the fresh air to pick up the sweet smell of sunshine. And if you want to get white fabrics their whitest, sunshine works wonders.
The sun’s rays aren’t so kind to clothespins though. Our plastic and wood clothespins were falling apart after just a few months of use. Their springs were rusting from the salt air and the sun also caused them to degrade fast.
We’ve had clothes clipped onto our lifelines fall into the ocean when the clothespins crack and fall apart. There’s nothing like losing a favorite bathing suit or two to make one do backflips at the discovery of stainless steel clothespins that don’t deteriorate from life on a sailboat.
We found these amazing s/s clothespins in Italy and bought too few because they seemed to be much more expensive than the common plastic or wood pins. Wrong!! Soon we realized the stainless steel pins were a bargain when you compared their longevity to how often we had to replace the cheaper ones…not to mention the cost of the clothing and towels we lost when the cheap pins broke.
Having clothespins that can stand up to a life outside on the ocean without rusting or breaking is brilliant. These stainless steel ones also don’t leave a dent on clothes the way the traditional wood and plastic ones do. And in this throw-away world, it’s nice to have a product that lasts and doesn’t end up in the landfill or worse, the ocean (which is what happens to the plastic ones that break and fall into the ocean along with the garment they were holding).
But ever since we sailed away from Italy last summer, we have been wishing we had bought more of the s/s clothespins. We’ve looked for them in every home store between Italy and Panama and where did we finally locate them to buy — Amazon! We immediately ordered a bunch for Golden Glow – and had to share the source of this fantastic product.