Nylons aka pantyhose, stockings, tights or even knee highs are some of the most commonly discarded items. It is easy to ruin a pair of nylons as soon as you open the package. Before you toss them out, you may be able to get some other uses out of them.
- If one pair develops a run on one leg, cut off that leg but keep the good one. When another pair springs a run on the opposite leg, cut that off and wear in on your other leg.
- Wearing a pair of nylons under pants gives you an extra layer of warmth. They are almost like thermal underwear.
- Keeps blisters away. Wear nylons (such as knee highs) under your hiking socks to prevent blisters.
- Protection from ticks and chiggers: Wearing an old pair of nylons under your pants will protect your ankles from ticks and chiggers while you’re out in the wilderness.
- Strainer: My mom who grew up in lean times showed me that old, thoroughly washed nylons can be used as strainers, if you don’t have cheesecloth or coffee filters.
- Storage: Cut the legs off and you can use the legs as storage for onions and garlic. Tie a knot in between each bulb to keep them separate and hang the whole thing up.
- Scrubbing and cleaning: Use a wadded up nylon instead of a sponge. For hard to reach places, secure on a broom handle with a rubber band and scrub.
- Plant ties: Because they are soft and flexible, nylons make good garden ties. I’ve tied tomato plants against a stick or cage to prop them up and climbing plants against a trellis.
- Protection for growing fruit and vegetables. You can use nylons to protect a growing watermelon or squash from insects.
- Collect soap scraps that are too small and place inside a piece of nylon and tie a knot.
- Cut off one foot from nylons, place a bar of soap inside, tie a knot and now you can hang the bar of soap and keep it from melting.
- If you lose an earring or some other small object, place a piece of nylon over your vacuum cleaner hose, secure with a rubber band and start the vacuum. The nylon will keep the vacuum from sucking up the item.
- Repair a pillow, bean bag or stuffed animal that is needing more padding by placing wadded up nylons inside.
- If you don’t have string, tie several and stretch them across a space for an emergency clothes line. Or, if you are just drying one shirt, stretch the nylon to span across two sleeves and tie the two sides up.
- Make a potpourri sachet: Place dried herbs and flowers with a drop of essential oil in a small pocket of nylon. Tie with a ribbon or sew shut.
Have I missed anything? Please feel free to add some additional uses in the comments.
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