The following post is from Katie of Kitchen Stewardship:
I don’t know what I was thinking. I almost threw something totally useful away!
My son’s sheet got absolutely threadbare, as in, I didn’t even understand what that word meant until I saw how well I could see through his sheet.
I thought and thought about what I could do with it. Everything seemed crafty, and I’m just not crafty. And I don’t sew. And I don’t have time for projects. I nearly threw it away, but my frugal nature said, “Noooooooo!”
I’m glad I didn’t, because I now have tons of ideas for end-of-its-life fabric pieces:
1. Cut it into hankies, particularly with softer fabrics like flannel PJ pants, receiving blankets, or winter sheets.
2. Use them as cleaning rags. You could get rid of paper towels completely if you have enough “dead” fabrics. If you need something for a really yucky mess (vomit, oil/grease), just throw them away instead of washing. For example, I use holey socks for cleaning toilets, then throw them away after a time or two. (Why throw them away at all? Because if they get back into the wash, they’d get into a drawer, for sure.)
12. Old sheets can be kept around for forts on rainy days.
4. Use strips of fabric to tie tomato plants to their cages, especially old nylons (more on how I plant tomatoes).
5. Sew a few threadbare sheets together to make a picnic sheet.
6. Place in the dress-up box for kids’ superhero capes and more.
8. Cut into strips and braided or knotted for a dog toy (but I don’t have a dog).
9. The strips could also make a braided rug (although remember how I said I’m not crafty? This would mean less time to work on blogging…).
10. Now that I’ve sought out the best cloth diaper, I could use them as cloth diaper liners to keep the diapers cleaner or for using non-cloth-diaper-safe creams.
11. Tie around the Swiffer mop to take care of quick floor cleanups – might be better for thicker fabrics rather than the sheet.
12. Cut it into toilet paper.
When I mentioned that last one to my hubby, his jaw absolutely dropped to the floor and his eyes got as wide as, well, as wide as a toilet seat!
“Can you flush those?” he cried.
“Well, no…” and then it dawned on him that I meant to re-use.
He is not a fan of this idea.
He wondered where you put them. What would guests think?
“Just for number one.”
“Oh, just for women then.”
“If only I had time for all this crafting!”
Husband: “I think you should iron first.”
Touche. He’s had shirts hanging in the ‘to-iron’ space for months. Maybe a year. I’m not a big ironer, as it turns out.
If you have more free time on your hands than me or are feeling crafty, maybe you can create something out of an old sheet, or make a quilt entirely from blue jeans like I saw last week at a craft fair. (You can guess that I said, “Wow, that would be such a great use for all our holey jeans. Too bad I’m not crafty!”)
If you only have 5 minutes or less, just cut up that almost useless fabric. Stick it in a drawer or basket somewhere, and the next time you reach for paper towel or a tissue…grab something reusable instead.
What’s your favorite way to reuse stuff most folks would throw away?
|Katie Kimball is a mom of three who spends a ton of time in the kitchen making real food with whole ingredients and then blogs about her successes and failures at Kitchen Stewardship. She believes everything in life is a gift from God and should be taken care of wisely.|