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7 New Ways to Use Old Pantyhose

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Jessica
05.02.13

Pantyhose are in the fashion spotlight these days thanks to funky new prints and flashy new colors, but the trend isn’t all fun and games. Despite the modern makeover, they still have one major downside: they collect runs just as quickly as their flesh-colored counterparts.

A pair of pantyhose may only last about two months before they tear, but you don’t have to ditch those patterned tights immediately! Instead, give them new life with one of these uses:

Bonus: You can do all of these tips with tights, too!

1. Stop Soil Spills 

To prevent soil from seeping out of a houseplant’s water holes, use pantyhose as a sieve. Before you fill a pot with soil, line it with a piece of cut pantyhose. The water will still be able to drain, but the soil will stay in place! Note: If you’re using tights for this tip, avoid your thickest winter tights. The holes in thick tights are either nonexistent or too fine to let water pass through.

2. Control Garbage Bags 

Garbage bags have a bad habit of crunching down into their bins when they get too heavy. And that’s never fun. To keep the mouth of your bag around your bin, cut the elastic waist off of pantyhose. The band will work like a gigantic rubber band and hold the bag in place.

3. Capture Dust Bunnies

The space under your refrigerator tends to get the shaft during kitchen cleaning sessions, so it can collect some serious dust. Want an easy cleanup solution? Tie one leg of pantyhose over a broom’s head. Use this makeshift tool to capture dust bunnies, allergens and dirt!

4. Trap Lint 

Lint is more than an annoyance – if left unchecked in your dryer, it can be dangerous! Over 15,000 dryer fires occur every year, and many of them start because of built-up lint in dryer ducts. Trap lint before it becomes a problem with a pair of knotted-up pantyhose. Throw the pantyhose-ball in the dryer with wet clothes – the lint will stick to the hose!

5. Find Lost Items 

If you’ve lost an earring back or dropped a contact lense, a pair of pantyhose and a vacuum cleaner will make your life a lot easier. Pull some pantyhose over a vacuum’s hose attachment and vacuum the area around the lost item. The pantyhose will catch the small item before it goes into your vacuum, and you’ll be able to call off the search-and-rescue mission.

6. Make Baking Easier 

Next time you break out the rolling pin for cookies, cover it with a tube of pantyhose before you get to work. The hose layer will prevent wet flour from sticking to it, which makes the whole process less of a hassle.

7. Remove Nail Polish 

There’s no need to create Cotton-Ball Mountain every time you remove your manicure! Use a piece of old pantyhose instead. Not only will the nail polish come off smoothly, you’ll be able to reuse the pantyhose instead of going through a ton of cotton balls. 

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