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I just scored a bunch of wire hangers from freecycle, thinking I could replace most of our plastic hangers with them. Is there anything negative to using wire hangers in place of plastic? Any environmental concerns I don't know about? TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I don't know of environmental concerns. Sometimes they can crease the clothes because they're so narrow but that's the only possible downside I know.
 

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All I know is that they make Joan Crawford very, very angry.<br><br>
The best hangers for your clothes are big, padded wooden ones. That's ridiculously expensive and only people who are spending lots of money on their clothes probably want to make that investment. I don't think wire ones are that much different than plastic ones. You don't get any hooks though, for hanging spaghetti straps on and the like.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">All I know is that they make Joan Crawford very, very angry.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know that too but I've never actually seen the movie... why do they make her so angry? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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She buys her (very young) daughter beautiful, expensive dresses and she repays her by hanging them on wire hangers! In the movie JC has an episode over this and wakes up her dd, Tina, in the middle of the night to scream at her, tear up her closet, beat her with the hanger, then force her to clean an already clean bathroom, covering her in cleaning agent in the process. It's a pretty hard scene to watch, actually. My dd and I have a joke about how I am a crazy, mean mom though, so we dramatically re-enact part of the scene sometimes to take ourselves a little less seriously. It's always fun to be called "Mommie Dearest" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
edit: It is believed by many that Joan Crawford has Borderline Personality Disorder. So basically if she did not have BPD, the hangers would annoy her, but she is unable to control her angry reactions with BPD, is kinda the theory I think.
 

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You can find a negative in anything if you obsess over it enough <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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ALSO - if you put anything that's not thoroughly dry on a wire hanger, it can leave a rust line that won't come out.
 

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"No wire hangers!"<br><br><br><br><br>
Sorry,I couldn't resist.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Back ot,though. My biggest concern is with kids and the sharper edges,I dunno if your kids are older,though,so if that doesn't apply,disregard my opinion, and get some wire hangers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Hmmm, I can't decide what to do. My kids are young, but I would keep the plastic ones in their closet; I'm just thinking of switching mine and DH's (and keeping some plastic ones for my tank tops).<br><br>
I really don't want to ruin any of our clothes though if I accidentally hang them slightly wet. I suppose I'll just have to be really careful not to do that.<br><br>
As for the Joan Crawford reference, I have no idea what you're talking about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: What movie is it from?
 

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I don't like them because they're icky and thin and get tangled in the closet, and bend if you put too much weight on them, you can't use them to hang wet laundry, DS tends to play with them and bend them out of shape and then I can't hang clothing on them anymore. I just don't like them. I think they multiply in the closet when nobody's looking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I can understand taking a bunch of free wire hangers for extra clothing storage. But why use them to replace sturdy plastic hangers you already have?
 

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i buy the cheapest wooden ones i can find, i don't like metal ones for previous states reasons, they get tangled a lot and stuff and are just icky. but they can b awesome for art projects
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't like them because they're icky and thin and get tangled in the closet, and bend if you put too much weight on them, you can't use them to hang wet laundry, DS tends to play with them and bend them out of shape and then I can't hang clothing on them anymore. I just don't like them. I think they multiply in the closet when nobody's looking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I can't believe it! ONCE AGAIN, I agree with Ruthla. I just converted to all one plastic color by collecting from trashbins, etc. It looks nice.
 

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We don't allow metal hangers in the house...<br><br>
When I was 8 I stepped on one, and the tip went through the bottom of my foot and out the side. My dad took every single hangar in the house and folded the end of the hook over to get rid of the sharp blunt edge though.<br><br>
But despite that, I just cannot use them. Don't care how much better they are now...I cannot do it.<br><br>
Maybe that was JCs problem? Traumatic incident w/ a coathanger...<br><br>
Steph<br><br>
Oh, and on Mommie Dearest, I had NIGHTMARES about that movie. I watched it when I was about 5...My dad said he came into the living room and I was just sobbing "That lady is beating that girl!!!!"
 

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I think maybe I'm going to stick with the plastic for now then. I am anal about that stuff and we have all white ones because it drives me crazy to have different colored hangers. Slightly OCD, maybe. . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I suppose I'll just pass the wire ones on to someone else. I'm afraid to mess up my clothes and we can't afford to switch to wooden ones right now.<br><br>
As to why I was wanting to do this in the first place: I am trying to decrease the plastic in our home as much as possible. I know I can't completely get rid of it, but hangers are something that have non-plastic alternatives so I thought it was worth a shot. I know it is probably not the most important thing to switch, but since the alternatives are available. . .<br><br>
Thanks for the replies!
 

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I have had some hand-me-down clothes that were RUINED by the previous owner using wire hangers... if you store stuff like that, the shoudlers get distorted, even with non-stretchy fabric.<br>
Ikea has really cheap wooden ones.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">All I know is that they make Joan Crawford very, very angry.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: OMG whenever I hear wire hangers I start seeing that movie!!<br><br>
"NO WIRE HANGERS!!!" And I can even see Joan Crawford in the scene!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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if you do decide not to use the wire hangers keep at leat 1 or 2 around, they make great fishing poles for the toilet when DS or DD or Dself accidently drops something in the dirty toilet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> or you lock the keys in the car!
 
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