Got Clothes Hooks but No Loops in Your Clothes?

Barefoot Gal has tons of clothes hooks. Lots of places to hang our jackets, towels, swimsuits and more.

There’s just one problem: most of our clothes don’t have hanging loops and we feared that the thin hooks would soon poke holes in them.

I figured I’d sew loops into the necks. Someday. Eventually. In my free time.

Dave, on the other hand, came up with an ingenious and quick solution: he grabbed a binder clip that was sitting on the nav station and clipped it on the neck of his wind shirt, then put it over the hook.

Thin little clothes hooks sometimes fit where nothing else will, but if your clothes don't have a hang loop, the hook can poke a hole. Dave had a simple solution!

Great! Got one job crossed off the to-do list without doing a thing.

Thin little clothes hooks sometimes fit where nothing else will, but if your clothes don't have a hang loop, the hook can poke a hole. Dave had a simple solution!Long term, I’m a little worried about the steel clips rusting in the salt air and possibly staining our clothing or towels, so I just ordered some plastic hanger clips. They’re designed to be used on hangers, but I think they’ll be perfect on the clothes hooks.

They’re a Mainstays product, but seem to be discontinued at the Walmart stores. I found them on Amazon, but I’m sure you could find similar clips at many stores — just be sure they’re all plastic with no metal.

By the way, we’ve found wind shirts (basically a pullover wind breaker) to be our most-used jacket in the Keys this winter. We wear them far more often than our fleece pullovers!

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15 Comments
  • Connie Smith
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    What a fabulous idea, and I have the plastic clips. Go, Dave!

  • Debbie Weiss Luitweiler
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    Great idea. Btw those plastic clips are great on the life lines too. I just leave them there. Even though plastic they have lasted for years in Florida.

  • Red Canoe
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    love

  • Jackie
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    Good idea for home too!

  • Frances Liz Fernandez
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    Genius!! So simple. So easy

  • Dave Skolnick
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    Brilliant idea.

    I would not leave the clips on the lifelines, but I’m one of the people that wipe down the lifelines (salt!) before hanging laundry.

  • Oh Sail Yes
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    I need some of those plastic clips for our laundry! Great idea on the hooks, btw!

  • Vonnie
    Posted at 30 January 2016 Reply

    Those plastic hooks come with a hanger as well. Found mine at TJ Maxx and they are great for hanging towels and Diveskins up on the flybridge.

  • Bruce
    Posted at 05 February 2016 Reply

    Good idea to move to plastic. For years we’ve used various sizes of binder clips in the galley on small packages (things that are too finicky for banana clips). Super useful. They last a long time but they do start to rust eventually.

  • Nina Huether
    Posted at 05 February 2016 Reply

    The plastic clips can also be found at Dollar General (sometimes.) When you find them, buy them up! I use them in the galley, lifelines, heads, everywhere. Especially useful with S hooks.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 07 February 2016 Reply

    You can also use the Extreme Clothespin (stainless steel) for all of the above tasks. I found them in one of your blog posts two years ago. They are so handy and really hold items well. I bought them at Amazon. They are a little pricey but are good quality and have held up well.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 07 February 2016 Reply

      I love those, too — just thought I could get by with something a little less pricey for indoor use!

  • Bob Mullen
    Posted at 15 June 2016 Reply

    Anyone know a source for clothes pins that are shaped to fit over tubular rails? I saw them in a West Marine catalog a few years back, but they are no longer available there.

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