These days, everyone is looking to save money but, more importantly, we’re all looking for ways to repurpose items that no longer serve the purpose that they were made for. If you have a drawer full of pantyhose that have runs and you can’t bring yourself to throw them out, there are plenty of ways that you can reuse these pantyhose and give them another purpose in life.
Let’s have a look at some of the ingenious ways that people have devised to reuse pantyhose, tights, and stockings.
1. As A Lint Mitt
Cut off the foot part of each leg of the pantyhose and use these as dusting mitts to remove lint and pet hair from both clothing and furniture.
2. To Pick Up Hard-To-Reach Items
If there are small items that have fallen somewhere that you can’t easily reach, you can use your vacuum cleaner and pantyhose to pick them up. All you have to do is cover the end of the vacuum hose with the pantyhose, turn on the vacuum cleaner and suck up the item without it ending up inside the vacuum.
3. Make Your Own Fridge Deodorizer
Cut off the foot of a pair of pantyhose and fill them with baking soda. Tie this off really securely and place it into the back of your fridge to absorb moisture and unpleasant aromas.
4. Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls
This is a clever idea that will cut your drying time down by 25 to 50 percent. These felted balls help to separate your clothes in the dryer which allows the warm air to circulate more freely. Here’s how to make them.
- Collect what you need – a ball or two of wool (it has to be 100 percent pure wool otherwise it won’t felt), a pair of scissors, some old pantyhose and some cotton or acrylic string.
- Wrap the wool around three or four fingers of one hand several times.
- Take the wrapped yarn off your fingers and wrap some more wool around the middle.
- Keep winding the yarn around until you’ve made a small ball of wool.
- Cut off one leg of the pantyhose and place the ball of wool into the bottom.
- Tie off the pantyhose leg just above the ball of wool with a piece of string (not wool).
- Put another ball of wool into the pantyhose leg and tie off again.
- Continue adding balls of wool and tying them off between each ball. This will stop the balls of wool all felting together into one lump.
- Place your wool-filled pantyhose leg into your washing machine and wash using the hot water setting.
- Put the wool-filled pantyhose leg into the dryer and dry it on the hottest setting.
- Once the wool balls are dry, you can remove them from the pantyhose and throw them into the dryer when you’re drying your clothes. Use around 4 to 6 felted balls for each load.
If you like your laundry to smell nice, you can place a few drops of essential oil into the middle of each ball by using a small dropper.
5. Make A Soapy Loofa
Instead of throwing out small bits of soap, put them together into the foot of a pantyhose leg and then use this as a loofa.
6. Remove Deodorant Stains From Your Clothing
You can easily remove those white deodorant stains from your clothing by rubbing with a rolled up piece of pantyhose.
7. Shine Up Your Shoes
Pantyhose are also great for giving your shoes a quick shine.
8. Use Old Pantyhose As A Non-Abrasive Scrubber
The foot of an old pantyhose is ideal for polishing silver, brass and gold without scratching. You can also use pantyhose to clean tiles and other surfaces without scratching.
9. Make Your Own Wardrobe Freshener
Use some lovely scented potpourri to fill a foot of a pantyhose leg. Tie off the end and hang this in your wardrobe or pop it into your sock or lingerie drawer. Instead of potpourri, you could fill your pantyhose with dried herbs instead.
10. Make Your Own Rubber Bands
Cut up the leg portions of your pantyhose to make your own rubber bands or hair ties. The waistband section of your pantyhose can even be used as a headband.
11. Make Pot Liners For Your Plants
If you line the bottom of your plant pots with some pantyhose, it will stop the soil from coming out of the drainage holes but still let the water drain out freely.
12. Use Old Pantyhose As Plant Ties
Instead of going out and buying some garden twine or expensive plant ties, use pieces of pantyhose instead. The soft, elastic fabric won’t damage the stems of your plants.
13. Use A Pantyhose Leg To Store Onions And Garlic Bulbs
This is a clever way to store your onions or garlic and keep them dry and aerated at the same time. Simply pop an onion into one leg of the pantyhose and tie a knot just above the onion. Then, add another onion and tie another knot. Keep repeating the process until the leg is full.
You can now hang your onions or garlic in a cool, dry spot until you’re ready to use them. You can also use old pantyhose to store flower bulbs over the winter.
14. Make Your Own Shoe Fresheners
To make your own shoe fresheners, simply fill the feet of a pair of pantyhose with either cedar or charcoal and pop these into your shoes to remove any unpleasant odors.
15. Make Your Own Travel Bags
If you like to keep your suitcase nice and tidy, you can use pantyhose to store smaller items such as socks and underwear to keep them all together and neat. You can even use an old pair of pantyhose to cover your shoes while traveling.
16. Use Pantyhose To Make Your Own Draft Stoppers
The legs of the pantyhose make excellent draft stoppers. You can fill them with something like kitty litter or polystyrene beads. Make sure that both ends of each leg are tied off securely.
17. Use Old Pantyhose To Stuff Handmade Toys
If you like to make your own soft toys, instead of buying expensive stuffing, use old pantyhose instead.
You now have at least 17 different ideas for repurposing old pantyhose. This means that your pantyhose can be given a second lease on life and will stay out of landfill for much longer.