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What do you do with your old pantyhose? The other day I was getting ready to throw out an old pair when it occurred to me that my grandmother probably had some really clever frugal living tips for using them. I immediately sent an email to family members to see if they remembered any ways that grandma would use old pantyhose. I didn’t think that I was going to get much of a response to the email, but to my surprise they were able to come up with 20 uses.
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- Skin – to clean, place soap slivers in an old pair of
pantyhose. When you’ve collected enough, use it for next shower.
- Skin – to exfoliate, use pantyhose instead of a cloth or
- Deodorant – to remove residue from clothing, use a pair of
pantyhose as a mitt and wipe it away.
- Lint – to remove, use a pair of pantyhose as a mitt and wipe
the lint away.
- Metal – to shine, buff item with pantyhose.
- Scrubber – to make your own, pour a cup of used coffee
grounds into the leg of a pair of old, pantyhose and tie off the end.
- Shoes – to shine, use a pair of pantyhose to buff them.
- Bunge Cords – to bundle items together, use the legs of a
pair of pantyhose.
- Carpet – to find small, lost items, cover the hose of your
vacuum with a pair of pantyhose.
- Flower Bulbs – to store, place the bulbs in a pair of
- Garden – to keep deer away, place hair that has collected in
your hairbrush or from a recent hair cut in a pair of stockings and hang in
- Garden – to keep fruits from touching the ground, tie the
plants up with the legs of a pair of pantyhose.
- Garden – to protect fruits and vegetables from bugs place
pantyhose over squash and melons while they are still growing.
- Gift Wrapping – to store rolls of paper, place them in the
legs of a pair of pantyhose.
- Hair – to tie back, use the waistband of an old pair of
pantyhose like you would a hair tie.
- Onions and potatoes – to store, place them in the legs of a
pair of pantyhose and hang them in a cool area to keep them from rotting.
- Pillows – to add stuffing, uses some old pantyhose.
- Soil – to keep it from eroding, line your flowerpots with
pantyhose before filling with soil.
- Strainer – to make one in a pinch, use a pair of pantyhose
instead of cheesecloth.
- Winter – to keep warm, climb into a pair or two of pantyhose
before putting on your pants.
Do you have any household tips using pantyhose?
* If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980’s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please Contact Me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6″x9″) black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.
Irene V. says
Nice list, Robin!
I have to admit I've never thought at pantyhose for store rolls of gift wrapping paper or for lining flowerpots!
Now I only have to start wearing pantyhoses… or I could collect them used from my neighbours (but they already think I'm weird: I make my soaps, sew my clothes, grow my vegs… Yes, I'm a strange woman LOL)
Sarah Fuller says
Great tips for uses! Pantyhoses can also be used for exercise resistance band.
Alison Agnew says
such fun tips
amazing to think
of all the uses for an old pair of stockings
would love for you to share
at Fridays Unfolded!
Mamal Diane says
What a useful list. So many uses I never thought of. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. Have a wonderful weekend.
Kathy A Delightsome Life says
Really interesting – great uses – I'll have to keep the old ones on standby! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Love the idea of using it on the end of your vacuum to find missing items!
JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose says
Hi Robin, I know this is an old post, but thought I’d add something to the tip about the onions: living near the Sweet Onion Capital of the World for over 35 years, the Vidalia Sweet Onion, when you put in the onion, tie a knot in between them so as they don’t touch each other. When you need the onion, start from the bottom of the hose at the toe area and cut the panty hose just under the knot, keeping the remaining “string” of onions in tact.
Pantyhose can also be recycled through Recycled Crafts.