As time marches forward, some items that were once revolutionary become obsolete. One such item is the clothespin. While these handy little items are still available at dollar stores and online, their popularity has waned in recent years as high-tech drying machines began their rise to dominance.
Clothespins may be easy to overlook, especially when it comes to survival, they are surprisingly versatile contraptions. With a little ingenuity, it’s almost unbelievable what a person can do with a simple clothespin. For example, take the following video in which a tripwire alarm is made using a clothespin:
Take caution when deploying this tripwire though, the fire it creates can be a hazard. If you’re going to create this alarm, do so cautiously. Perhaps you can also add a firecracker for more of an “alarm” effect.
You’re probably thinking, “That’s only one use for a clothespin.” Well, there are plenty of others. Check them out:
- Keep gloves together.
- Keep papers together.
- Great kindling for a firestarter.
- Keeping straps out of your way.
- Hold a nail in place while hammering to save fingers from getting smashed.
- A well-placed clothespin can hold open pages in a book, allowing for hands-free reading.
Of course, they can also be used for hanging your clothes. After all, that’s their intended purpose.
You can also use the spring found in clothespins. For example, the wire can be bent and shaped to fix a pair of eyeglasses, or you can straighten it out and use it the same way you would use a straightened paper clip to create a compass.
Check out other survival uses of paperclips and see how many a clothespin spring can be used for.
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