Instead Of Throwing Away Old Bath Towels - She Transforms Them Into Something I Want To Have
Tahlea Jankoski 1/3/2016
When old bath towels have lost their fluff, it doesn't mean they need to be tossed away. Instead, they can be recycled and turned into a variety of practical items!
Lemon Dust Cloths
Lemon dust cloths are pretty and refreshing! You'll need dust cloths, lemons, white vinegar, olive oil, water, and an airtight glass container.
Soak dust cloths
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar, then add a few drops of olive oil. Soak the dish cloths in the mixture until they are fully saturated.
Get lemon fresh!
Ring out the dust cloths until they are just damp and lay them flat with a few lemon rinds inside each cloth.
Roll and store
Roll or fold each cloth with the lemon rinds inside, then place in a glass container. Make sure it is airtight, then store until needed.
Bath Towel Slippers
Take a pair of flip flops and transform them into soft, luxurious towel slippers. It may take a little time and creativity to put these towel slippers together, but the end result is well worth it.
Swiffer Sweeper Replacements
It's always nice to find more eco-friendly ways to clean. . . like reusable Swiffer covers!
Grab an old fleece!
Make reusable dusters from an old fleece blanket. Cut the blanket into strips to cover a Swiffer sweeper.
Sew the edges
Sew the edges of the fleece to keep it on the Swiffer. You can wash and reuse these Swiffer covers!
Want to add a new rug to your kitchen or bathroom? Throw down a towel! With strips of towels, you can braid and create a thick, fuzzy rug!
Cut towel into strips
Fold the towel in half and cut into 1.5-inch strips.
Take three strips of towel and sew one of the ends together. Then start braiding! Once you have reached the end of one of the braided towels, sew on another set of strips and keep braiding. You want to create a long braided rope.
Wrap it around
Wrap the long rope around in a circle and stitch it all together with a heavy duty needle and thread to stay in place. Using three different colors of towels, you can make a fun, decorative rug!
Terry Cloth Caddy
Need a place to store and carry bathroom necessities? Stow them away in an old towel.
Fold, pin, and sew
Using a hand towel, fold down the top about 1 1/2 inches, then pin and sew to create an opening for a dowel. Then, flip the towel over and fold it to overlap about 5-inches and pin. Fold it one more time to make the bottom edge, then sew together.
Sew pockets into the folded sections of the towel and you have a carry along caddy! With the dowel going through the top, you can also add a ribbon and hang.
Using an old fleece or microfiber, like a fleece scarf, make a reusable duster that works better than the store bought version!
Get the materials
Fleece, a wooden dowel, hot glue gun, scissors, and velcro are all you need!
Place the wooden dowel
Cut a square fleece and place the dowel in the center. Add hot glue about a quarter inch around the dowel and then add another square fleece on top, pressing it around the hot glue.
Cut strips and add velcro
Cut strips into the fleece and double-knot the strips. Use a strip of velcro and place the adhesive side around the wooden dowel at the point where it can attach to the fleece.
Now time to dust!
Your fleece duster is now ready for cleaning!
Make a shaggy rug out of smaller strips of towels!
Just three materials
You only need old towels, a rubber gridded mat, and scissors to make a shag rug.
Cut short strips and thread through
Cut the towels into 5-inch strips that are 1/4 inch wide. Take each strip and thread it through a square on the gridded mat. Tie a knot to hold in place. You can either use every square for a fuller look, or every other square.
Now you're done!
These steps are super easy and you will quickly have a shag rug that can be placed anywhere in your home.
Dish Towel Bib
Keep kids clean with an old dish towel. This material is so easy to clean!
Cut a round circle through the dish towel. You can use a CD as a guide.
Sew in a collar
Sew in a round collar with stretchable fabric.
Kids will stay clean!
Less mess with a dish towel bib and easy to clean.
DIY Bath Towel Wrap
Turn a towel into a wrap! You'll just need one towel, 1 1/2 yards of 1-inch wide elastic, 8-inches of velcro, 4 yards of decorative ribbon, and sewing tools.
Dress it up!
Pin the ribbon to the side of the towel and then sew into place.
Fold and sew
Fold one end over and sew. Measure the elastic around your body to get the correct length, and then use a safety pin to help thread the elastic through the towel.
Add in velcro
Sew the ends of the elastic and allow the towel to bunch some at the top. Then sew on one strip of velcro to each side of the towel.
Ready for use!
Your towel is now ready for wrapping. See more detailed directions here.
Give Old Towels To A Furry Friend
One of the sweetest ways to recycle your old towels and blankets is to take them to the local animal shelter to keep adorable, furry friends warm.
When A Towel Has Lost Its Fluff
Think twice about tossing it away! You just may want to turn it into a new and useful household item. What clever ideas to share with friends!