A Brine Solution Keeps Clothespins Working in Winter

Using this once-a-year simple brine solution keeps clothespins working in winter and make hanging laundry an easy task in the cold weather.

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I froze my hands fighting with clothespins that froze to my lines.

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This easy to make brine solution keeps clothespins working in winter. 

Fresh air gives line-dried clothes the best scent I can imagine. During our long winter months, however, I froze my hands fighting with clothespins that froze to my lines. An elderly neighbor offered me a hint to my chilling problem: a brine solution keeps clothespins working in winter. Could it be so simple? Yes, it was. One soak a year in a strong brine solution keeps my clothespins working throughout our raw Vermont winters. It's a pure delight to have "fresh-air clothes" without frozen fingers or pins that "hibernate."

Debbra Provost
Sheffield, Vermont