Pantyhose has been worn for decades giving legs a sheer sexy look once the nylon covers them. With many different shades they can cover bare legs, dry patches, blotches and varicose veins from being invisible. What they aren’t us infallible. Eventually, and sometimes it’s sooner than later they are ruined.
Accidents happen to pantyhose all the time while managing to always frustrate the wearer. Runs, snags and holes seen to be inevitable! Sometimes it is because of how they were woven and other times they occur accidentally. A finger nail rips the material as they are being put on or a rugged callus can put snags into them too. A person can cross their legs and get them caught on the chair they are sitting in or maybe your toddler came running towards you for a hug with a toy in their hand which catches and causes damage to the hose.
Instead of tossing them out just cut off the leg from the panty portion and keep those nylon leg pieces without the holes, runs and snags for a variety of surprising uses. Besides having another purpose the cost of them won’t be so painful knowing they still can be used for other things.
Cool ideas to re-use a leg of snagged and ruined pair of pantyhose:
- If your basement, garage, storage shed or work room is damp just grab a nylon leg and add a few pieces of sidewalk chalk or new charcoal briquettes inside the hose. Tie a knot in the middle and hand it in a corner of the room. The chalk or charcoal will aide in pulling the dampness out of the room eliminating that musty smell in the process.
- Pantyhose is a great magnet for dust. So why not put it to use. Electronic equipment is more fragile today and attracts dust. Since you can’t spray computers and television screens like years past use a panty hose leg to pick up and erase the dust so your viewing pleasure isn’t impaired.
- When purchasing onions and garlic in bulk when on sale it can’t all be kept in the refrigerator. It will go bad before you get to use them all defeating the purpose of being frugal in the first place. Take a leg of hose and add an onion or garlic bunch to the stocking. Tie a knot once the onion is inside the leg, then add another onion and tie another knot until the panty hose leg is filled about three-fourths the way up. Then hand the stocking in a cool place such as a garage, basement or wine cellar. Next time you need a bunch of garlic or an onion being a scissor with you and cur below the know leaving the rest handing for when they are needed.
- During the winter many of us wear sweaters that cannot be dried in the dryer. Hanging them on the clothesline causes bumps in the shoulder area that isn’t attractive at all the next time it is worn. It is almost as bad as the hanger look.
- Here is where that pantyhose leg comes in handy. Now tie two nylon legs together, and then thread the legs through the sleeves of the sweater. Attach the ends of one of the pantyhose legs on the clothesline and put the clothespin over the hose. Then stretch the hose straight without stretching the sweater and attach the other end of the hose to the lone with another clothespin. The sweater will dry nicely without stretching out and when it’s worn next it won’t have bumps or raised areas along the shoulders and you’ll look great every time you wear your sweaters.
What ingenious ideas can you share to re-use pantyhose that lost its original purpose?
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