Plenty of uses for old clothes

Friday, May 4th, 2012 By

Rags

Old shirts can be made into rags, one of the many uses for old clothes. Photo Credit: Pflatau/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Most people have a whole bunch of old clothes they don’t wear or are about to throw out. However, there is no need to toss anything out; there are plenty of good uses for old clothes.

Putting those old shirts to work

The average American, according to the Daily Mail, spends $142.08 annually on clothes and shoes, according to a survey by Bundle.com, using data from various banking organizations and the federal government. The average annual clothing expenditure varies, but a certain amount is bought every year. Clothes, like many other goods, eventually wear out. When clothes do wear out, people usually throw them in the trash.

However, there is no need to do so, as there are a number of uses for old clothes once they aren’t fit to wear anymore.

Clean and green

One of the best ones, according to TLC, is to convert any old, unwanted clothing into cleaning rags. Almost anything is works for this purpose; anything made of cotton, like old T-shirts, makes a perfect all-purpose cleaning rag. Denim, as it is a bit coarser, makes a wonderful light scouring pad. Silk, polyester or lycra, because they are smoother than cotton, are great for polishing glass and, if cut into small squares, for cleaning eyeglasses.

Because they are completely reusable, used clothes can cut way down on the amount of paper towels needed around the house. Old bits of clothing can also be sent through a paper shredder or manually shredded with scissors to create bedding for pets in cages.

Arts and crafts

Old clothes also can be used for crafts. According to Yahoo, wool can be cut into strips and braided into throw rugs. Any material can be cut into squares and sewn together into a quilt, according to TLC. If the work is good enough, a quilt can last several generations.

Squares of fabric can also be sewn into throw pillows. One can even shred various bits of leftover clothes to make the stuffing, if the available cotton fiber doesn’t happen to be on hand. If one wanted to make the pillow much wider, it can make a fantastic dog or cat bed.

According to the Huffington Post, socks can be turned into a cover for numerous items. If one cuts the shank from crew socks, they can be used as wrist sweat bands. A sock can also be filled with dry beans or sand and sewn up to make a hacky-sack, or a soft projectile.

Sources

Daily Mail

TLC

Huffington Post

Yahoo: http://voices.yahoo.com/living-green-finding-uses-old-clothes-426214.html?cat=30

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