If you’re like me, you have a drawer full of pantyhose with runs that you can only wear with slacks or boots. But there are lots more ways to recycle pantyhose, stockings and tights and save money in the bargain. All you need is a pair of scissors.
Lint mitt: Use the foot part as a mitt, to remove lint or pet hair from furniture and clothing.
Deodorant stain remover: Get rid of those telltale white marks from your clothing by rubbing the spot with a piece of wadded up pantyhose. Or, use the other foot from the same pair you are using for a lint mitt.
Shoe shine: Rub-a-dub your dull shoes to bring back the shine when you haven’t got time for a full polish.
Non-abrasive scrubber: Old pantyhose won’t scratch tile or other surfaces, including when you’re polishing metals like silver, gold and brass.
Air freshener sachet: Fill the foot with your favorite potpourri and tie with a knot. Use it in your lingerie drawer or hang it in a closet.
Plant ties: Cut into strips to use as tie-ups for your tomato and other vine plants. The fabric is soft and elasticized, so it won’t cut into the plants, and the stocking strips are easy to re-tie as the plants grow.
Luggage ties: Longer strips can be tied around your luggage for extra security. Tie shorter strips around the handle to identify it quickly on airport baggage carousels.
Shoe bags: Instead of buying shoe covers for travel, use the foot part of old pantyhose or tights.
DIY shape-wear: Cut at the thigh or knee to wear under clothes when you don’t want a panty line to show. It will create a smooth, red carpet look without spending $20 or more on branded shape-wear such as Spanx.
Plug a draft: Stuff a leg into the narrow spot to seal a drafty window. I’m using this trick on a drafty window air conditioner unit. Fill a leg with kitty litter to use under the door to seal a draft. Just be sure to knot or sew the leg on both ends first.
Soft toys for tots: One of my favorite toys when I was very little was a sock my grandmother turned into a soft little toy doll, decorated with a face and hair made of brightly colored yarn. My sock doll very likely was stuffed with recycled stockings.
Paint strainer: Leftover paint you’re using for touch-ups to little nicks and scratches on your walls is often clumpy and lumpy. Use old pantyhose as a sieve. Either stretch a leg over the paint can, or over the paint tray.
So now you have a pile of cut-up pantyhose pieces. Do you throw them out? No, because there’s one last DIY recycling suggestion — fill an old pantyhose foot with other pantyhose pieces, to use in the bath or shower as gentle defoliation.
If you want to make your pantyhose last longer before they get runs, the folks at Planetforward suggest you put them in the freezer for a few hours, then thaw and wear. Freezing strengthens the fibers and reduces the risk of runs and snag. Just thaw before wearing.
If you have any other uses for recycling pantyhose, we’d love to hear them.
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