When your nylons get caught on a sharp edge and pull, creating an annoying tear, there’s not much that can be done. If you find your pantyhose unwearable, try out some of these ideas instead of trashing them:

  1. Skin Exfoliant: instead of spending money on a costly exfoliant, try out this trick from Frugal Village reader Lori:

    Cut a leg off of a pair of pantyhose or knee-highs and fill the foot part with equal parts baking soda and brown sugar. Tie the end. Double the pantyhose thickness to make sure the ingredients don’t seep out too fast. Wet the skin and, if you want, lightly lather with a body shampoo, soap or olive oil. Use the nylons as a loofah and gently scrub your skin. Afterward, apply a light moisturizer.

  2. Store Onions: to hang onions, just grab an old pair of pantyhose, drop in an onion, tie a knot above it, and repeat as necessary. This keeps the onions separate while allowing them plenty of circulation. Then hang the whole thing wherever you’d like.
  3. Skimmer: if you dropped a small object into the carpet and you’re not sure where it is, you can tie pantyhose over the end of your vacuum. This will allow you to find and pick up the item without it getting sucked up into the vacuum’s depths.
  4. Soap Slivers:

    Place soap slivers in a section of hosiery and attach it to your bathroom faucet for cleaning up, or hang it near your outside faucet for washing up after working in the garden.

What are some of your best ideas for repurposing torn or old pantyhose?

Find more ideas over at Frugal Village’s Uses for Pantyhose.