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Uses for Old T-Shirts

Uses for Old T-Shirts, Mass of brightly colored clothing.

Old t-shirts have a lot of second life uses. Whether you are a crafter or are looking for other ways to reuse them, the possibilities are numerous. This is a guide about uses for old t-shirts.


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Tip: Reuse T-shirts for Hand Rags

I enjoy the luxury of having a clean paper towel to wipe all and any messes, but I'm not okay with how fast I could go through a roll, the loss of forests, and the expense.

I live in a household overrun with guys so we have t-shirts coming out of our ears. I take 3-4 of the oldest when I see they are getting raggedy, I get out my good scissors and start whacking away. First the sleeves, cut outside the shoulder seam, and trim away the under seam. I trim away neck and shoulder seams on rest of shirt and cut into 5-8 inch pieces, very crudely. Into the rag drawer in the kitchen they go.

I use them once or twice just like a paper towel, from wiping babies chins, to cleaning up a spill. Then into the washing machine. Almost every load has a few of the little rags. If I clean up something like oil, I throw it away. Because they are washed after 1-2 uses, they stay clean, and because I toss them into the wash as soon as I've used them, nobody really sees them for more than a minute.

It doesn't matter what they look like; strictly a utilitarian function. I'm not sure but others might clean more often because they can use a clean cloth whenever they want.

So I have a large supply of ready, clean, dry rags, and no expense, and no eco-guilt.

Source: My own reluctance to see so much fabric go to waste.

By pikka from Westminster, CO

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Tip: Use Old T-Shirts as Swiffer Pads

I use old T-shirts and sweatshirts to make replacement pads for my Swiffer Sweeper. I just cut rectangles large enough to fit around the Sweeper. Make sure you have enough left to poke into the holes that hold it in place. I use the rest of the shirts, sleeves and all, as dust rags. They can be washed or discarded.

    By Luci M. [4]

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    Tip: Ways to Use an Old T-Shirt

    I was getting rid of old clothes and I tried several ways to reuse my t-shirts.

    • I cut off the sleeves at the arm hole and now I have a head band. It's really good for keeping hair out of your face when working outside.

    • You can cut strips from the body and use them for ties in the garden or anything that needs to be tied together. Larger squares are dust cloths.

    • The neck band is cut as a circle and several together are used to hang my bird feeder from a hook.

    • Rectangles can be sewn together with some of the scraps used as filling to make a support for your wrists as you use the computer, or a bigger one used as a neck support.

      By Cynthia [11]

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      Tip: Old T-Shirts As Garment Covers

      Use old T-shirts to cover your suits and coats on hangers. Just slip the T-shirt over the hanging clothes, letting the T-shirt sleeves hang free. The knit T-shirt fabric breathes, allowing air to circulate while keeping dust off your good clothing. It's better than a plastic bag, and it's free!

      By zballoongirl

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      Crafts Using Recycled T-Shirts

      Loose ball of cut up t-shirts for crafting.This is a guide about crafts using recycled t-shirts. Recycling old clothing into new items is not only green, but also, great fun. Making rugs and other craft items from recycled t-shirts is a popular activity.

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      By Laura E. 3 03/02/2015

      I make crochet purses and old t-shirt strips make great handles after braiding them!

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