5 Creative Uses for: Pantyhose

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Next up in our series on clever ways to reuse or use up household items: pantyhose. I’ll admit it’s been a hot minute since I donned this frustratingly delicate garment, but then again Mother Jones HQ isn’t exactly a formal business attire kind of place. For those of you in offices where jeans and a sweatshirt won’t cut it, I give you, courtesy of AltUse.com, five things to do with old pantyhose:

1. Doggie toy: Braid several pairs of hose together to create a thick, woven, nylon rope that is strong, yet very soft on a dogs gums and teeth. They love to play tug of war and fetch with it. Also it’s lightweight and can’t damage anything.

2. Grow melons: Use pantyhose in the garden to fashion protective sleeves to keep the melons suspended above the ground and away from damp soil where they may rot.

3. Wax skis: After hot waxing and scraping ski bases, rub the bases with pantyhose to create friction for a smooth and glossy finish.

4. Lost things finder: Lost something under the couch? Place pantyhose over the end of your vacuum. The item will be not be sucked past the end of the nozzle covered by the pantyhose.

5. Keep onions fresh: eHow recommends:

Take a washed pair of used or new pantyhose and place the onions into the feet. Tie a knot in the pantyhose above each whole onion. Repeat this process until both legs are full or you have inserted all the onions. Hang the pantyhose in a cool, dry, and dark place, such as a pantry, closet, or cellar.

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