How to remove peg marks from your clothes (plus prevention tips!)


Picture this: you’ve just finished laundering your go-to shirt or blouse, hung it out to catch the breeze, and now you’re faced with those stubborn peg marks!

In this article we’re diving into the nitty-gritty of how to erase and prevent those peg imprints from your clothes.


  1. How to prevent peg marks
  2. How to remove peg marks
  3. Hanging tips
  4. What to consider when shopping for stainless-steel pegs
How to prevent peg marks on clothes?

How to prevent peg marks on clothes?

Opt for Stainless-Steel Pegs

Traditional wooden and plastic clothespins often leave marks that are a hassle to remove.

Consider using an alternative peg. We recommend plastic-free stainless steel pegs, these are easier on your clothes, and the environment because they effectively have unlimited uses.

Dry clothes inside out

Turning your clothes inside-out before drying them is an easy and efficient way to prevent peg marks and make your clothes last longer.

Marks that might appear end up on the inside, where they’re not seen when you wear the clothes. Plus, this method helps keep the colours of your clothes vibrant by protecting them from the sun’s harsh rays!

Peg from the armpits

Attaching pegs under the armpits is a smart trick to keep peg marks out of sight. This method ensures any marks made by the pegs stay hidden while wearing the clothes, since this area is typically not seen.

How to remove peg marks?

How to remove peg marks?

Follow these straightforward steps to restore your clothes to their pristine condition and get rid of those pesky peg marks!

Use a Hairdryer

A hairdryer can be a surprising ally in removing peg marks!

  • Step 1: Hang up your clothing so the marked sections are accessible.
  • Step 2: Use the hairdryers medium setting, we don’t recommend using the hot settings otherwise you may damage the fabric.
  • Step 3: Position the hairdryer roughly 15-20 centimeters from the garment, and softly blow the warm air over the marks.

Use a Iron

Ironing is a game-changer when it comes to eliminating peg marks.

This method works best when the fabric is slightly damp, as the dampness aids in loosening the fibers, making it easier to remove crease marks from pegs.

  • Step 1: ensure your iron’s temperature aligns with the fabric type. If the item is dry, spray it with a bit of water or opt for a steam iron.
  • Step 2: Iron over the affected areas carefully, applying gentle pressure and slowly moving the iron to evenly spread the heat and steam, softening the fabric.
  • Step 3: Patience is your ally here – take your time and concentrate on each impression until it vanishes.
Hanging tip from laundry experts

Hanging tip from laundry experts

Hanging bottoms from their waistband lets the heavier part of the fabric hang naturally, leading to a quicker and more even drying. This approach also reduces wrinkling around the knees and thighs, areas often crinkled when hung by the legs.

Hanging shirts or blouses from their bottom edge avoids marks and wrinkles on the shoulders and sleeves, areas where they’re most visible – and remember to check that your sleeves aren’t bunched up!

If you’re able to, hang your dress shirts, and button up shirts using a coat hanger and button it up. This method works best if you’re drying inside, you don’t want the wind to blow away your shirt!

What to look for in a stainless steel peg?

We recommend that your stainless steel pegs are:

  • Australian made (support local!).
  • Plastic-free so they’re incredibly durable and long lasting.
  • Made from heavy duty steel.
  • “Marine grade” and rust proof.

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