Monday, January 6, 2014

Household Tips: 20 Unusual Uses for Pantyhose (WWII Series)


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 household 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.

Household Tips
Picture from: Curvy Plus Me

Household Tips

Beauty
  1. Skin – to clean, place soap slivers in an old pair of pantyhose. When you've collected enough, use it for next shower.
  2. Skin – to exfoliate, use pantyhose instead of a cloth or sponge.
Cleaning
  1. Deodorant – to remove residue from clothing, use a pair of pantyhose as a mitt and wipe it away.
  2. Lint – to remove, use a pair of pantyhose as a mitt and wipe the lint away.
  3. Metal – to shine, buff item with pantyhose.
  4. 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.
  5. Shoes – to shine, use a pair of pantyhose to buff them.
Miscellaneous
  1. Bunge Cords – to bundle items together, use the legs of a pair of pantyhose.
  2. Carpet – to find small, lost items, cover the hose of your vacuum with a pair of pantyhose.
  3. Flower Bulbs – to store, place the bulbs in a pair of pantyhose.
  4. 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 your garden.
  5. Garden – to keep fruits from touching the ground, tie the plants up with the legs of a pair of pantyhose.
  6. Garden – to protect fruits and vegetables from bugs place pantyhose over squash and melons while they are still growing.
  7. Gift Wrapping – to store rolls of paper, place them in the legs of a pair of pantyhose.
  8. Hair – to tie back, use the waistband of an old pair of pantyhose like you would a hair tie.
  9. 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.
  10. Pillows – to add stuffing, uses some old pantyhose.
  11. Soil – to keep it from eroding, line your flowerpots with pantyhose before filling with soil.
  12. Strainer – to make one in a pinch, use a pair of pantyhose instead of cheesecloth.
  13. 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.

6 comments:

  1. 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)
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

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  2. Great tips for uses! Pantyhoses can also be used for exercise resistance band.

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  3. 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!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  4. What a useful list. So many uses I never thought of. :) Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Really interesting - great uses - I'll have to keep the old ones on standby! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  6. Love the idea of using it on the end of your vacuum to find missing items!

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