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Mum sparks heated debate over the ‘correct’ way to peg washing on a clothes line

A seemingly innocuous photo of a towel hanging on a clothes horse has ignited heated debate over the correct way to peg laundry on social media.

The debate started when a mother posted the picture in an Australian cleaning group on Facebook, which shows a towel draped over a bar and pinned together along the side – not across the top, as is customary.

‘I think this is the right way to use clothes pegs, not putting them on the top. I have been doing it wrong my whole life. What do you think?’ she wrote in the caption.

The post divided opinion among the group’s 87,000 members, with some arguing it would prevent laundry from tangling while one woman bluntly declared: ‘I think you’re insane.’

A supporter of the idea said she uses the trick when she is travelling in her camper van to stop clothes flying off in the wind.

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‘Sometimes I even use four pegs, two at the top and the others at the bottom sides, works a treat,’ she said.

Another said she often pins the sides of bed sheets to stop them twisting on the line.

But others remained unconvinced.

‘Each to their own, but funny how in 2020 – they are now telling all previous generations of people who have hung out their clothes to dry how they have done it wrong.. Oh so funny,’ one woman said.

‘They would end up all bunched up from the wind and not dry. Pegging to the line makes them stay in place and dry properly and evenly,’ said another.

A third said the pegs would be ‘too hard to find when you’re weaving in between the lines grabbing sheets in a hurry because it’s about to rain’. 

‘I hate peg marks at the best of times, so would hate this seeing as it’s right in the middle,’ said a fourth. 

Many were amazed by the revelation and said it was the first time they’d seen clothes pegged along the side.

‘I never knew this was a thing, I just peg along the top,’ one said.

Another admitted she had ‘never thought of doing it like that’, adding: ‘I like to have as much towel hanging down as possible so they dry quicker rather than being doubled up like that.’ 

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