Introduction: 25 Unique Uses for Pantyhose

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The life span of your average pantyhose is, what, 2 months? I have actually had some pantyhose for years, but thats because I only wear them a couple times a year.  So lets say you get 5 good uses out of a pair of pantyhose - what else can you do with them?

I did a little research and found a bunch of ways to reuse your old, tared, lots 'o runs pantyhose.

Step 1: Arm Tattoos

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I love this little trick.  My friend was as basketball player for halloween and wanted need fake tattoos to complete her costume.  She didn't want to draw on her arm so she drew her designs on a pair of nude pantyhose and wore it on her arm.

I tried this and tried to trick my roommates.  I drew a flower on the pantyhose then put it on my arm.  When I showed it to each of my roommates they were like, "thats great you drew a flower on your arm....".  When I pulled down the pantyhose they were like, "WOAH I TOTALLY THOUGHT YOU DREW THAT ON YOUR ARM".  True story - and it worked on 4 different people!

Step 2: Photo - Gauze Lens

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Give your photos an eerie gauzy effect by covering the lens with your pantyhose.

Step 3: Polishing Cloths

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Pantyhose are made of a soft delicate material that makes them great for polishing most surfaces.  I put the shine back in this old lamp just by giving it a light buffing.  I didn't even use any polish - its all in the pantyhose.

Step 4: Vacuum - Find Lost Objects

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I am alway dropping small objects like beads and the backs of my earrings on the floor.  A simple way to find small lost objects is by placing pantyhose over the head of the vacuum hose, securing it with a rubber band (so the pantyhose don't get sucked up!), and vacuuming under tables and chairs.  The objects are quickly picked up with out getting sucked away into the vacuum!

Step 5: Pot and Dish Scrubber

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No need to keep buying new dish towels when you have SO many old pantyhose.  Clean cooked on food and oil spills off your cookware.  Just add dish soap and a bit of man power.

Step 6: Store Magazines

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Tidy up your shelves and craft stations.  You can use pantyhose to neatly store magazines and rolls of paper.  The long thin shape of pantyhose is perfect for storing cylindrical objects.  Just roll the magazines up and put in the pantyhose and they won't unravel. 

You can see how neatly the magazines sit on the shelves above my washer and dryer.

Step 7: Ponytail Scrunchy

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Theres something about wearing pantyhose scrunchies that makes you want to take hundreds of myspaces photos in the bathroom.  Check out a few of my favorite pics from my photo shoot.

How can you achieve this look - cut off the top band of your pantyhose and tie it in your hair like a scrunchie.


Step 8: Cotton Ball Substitute - Remove Nail Polish

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For some reason I have always hate the way cotton balls feel.  I can't really explain it but squishing them makes me shudder.  I usually use toilet paper when removing nail polish, but I found that using pantyhose is a much easier solution.  Nail polish comes off faster and easier when you use pantyhose instead of cotton balls or toilet paper.  You can also reuse the pantyhose so no waste is produced!

Step 9: Tie Objects Together

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Pantyhose have the amazing property of elasticity!

OMG ELASTICITY YOU SAY?  But how can I utilize this elasticity?

Keep objects bundled together by tying a super stretchy pair of pantyhose around them!

Step 10: Duster

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Dust your bookshelves easily and quickly.  Cover your hand with a pair of pantyhose and just run it along a shelf, molding, or window sil.  

Step 11: Stuffing

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When dogs attack stuffed animals with their sharp teeth and cats maul your teddy bears arm with their razor claws - perform some light surgery by replacing the stuffing with pantyhose.

WARNING: Never google images of teddy bears in a place you don't feel comfortable ooohh-ing and awwww-ing out loud.

Step 12: Test Sanded Surface for Snags

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Ned to test your sanded surfaces for snags, but scared of getting splinters? Try the pantyhose test. Put a piece of pantyhose around your and rub it over the wood. If the pantyhose snags onto any spots you will know exactly where you need to re-sand.

Step 13: Soap on a Rope

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....or in your old pantyhose.  Same concept - different contraption.

Store old bits of soap in your pantyhose.  Use it at the sink or in the shower to keep your self clean.  You can even use a new bar of soap for this.  The pantyhose helps exfoliate your skin - so its a 2 in 1 process!

Step 14: Patch a Hole in a Screen

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For a temporary fix to a hole in your screen door - use pantyhose and duct tape to patch small areas.

Step 15: Prevent Soil From Leaving Pot

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You don't want dirt and muddy water coming out of the bottom of your flower pots.  You can prevent this by lining your flower pots with your old pantyhose.

Step 16: Filtering Net

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Cut down the leg of your pantyhose so you have a flat piece of fabric.  Cut out an even rectangle and tape it to a square frame.  Use an old wire coat hanger for your frame.

Step 17: Food Strainer

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To prevent food from getting down your sinks drain cover your bowl with a pair of pantyhose before pouring it in the sink.  This is useful when you are having soup and you don't want to throw away the liquid in the trash.

Step 18: Citrus Bath

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Draw yourself a soothing citrus bath.  Its simple: grind up some lemon and orange peels and put them at the foot of your pantyhose.  Tie a knot at the top and let it sit in the water.

Step 19: Store Potpourri

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Fill the foot of your pantyhose with potpourri and hang in your closet.  This will keep any small space from getting stinky!

Step 20: Wash Cloth

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Exfoliate your skin by washing your face with a pair of old pantyhose.  Pantyhose are perfect because they are gentle on your skin but they are rough enough to remove dead skin.

Warning: You will probably not want to use the foot section of your pantyhose so be sure to cut it off.

Step 21: Buff Your Shoes

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Refresh your worn out dirty shoes by giving them a good fresh polish.  Buff them with a medium-length strip of pantyhose.  I refreshed by favorite pair of white patten leather pumps.  I was able to easily remove a small marks and bits of dirt.  Unfortunately, years of wearing these shoes at frat parties in 3" beer covered floors has left scuff marks that even a professional couldn't fix.

Step 22: Hang Onions

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Use this quick fix for stopping onion and garlic skins from peeling off all over your counter.  Put them in your pantyhose and let them hang from your cabinets.  You still have easy access to them and you don't have to deal with the mess! 

Step 23: Cover a Bug Jar

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Kids love to bring strange creatures into the house.  Whether its a slug from the garden, or a friend from class who likes to eat slugs - its inevitable.  When your kids come in the house with a hand full of bugs put them in an old jar and cover it with a rubberband and pantyhose.

Step 24: Keep Warm

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I used this trick all the time when I lived in upstate New York.  Its easy to layer your shirts, but its not so easy to layer your pants.  In the winter wear your old pantyhose under your pants for an extra layer of insulation.  It doesn't matter how old and worn out your pantyhose are because no one will see them!

Step 25: Clean Hairbrush

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Stretch a small piece of pantyhose over your brush head.  Use a bobby pin or pen to push it down below the bristles.   When you are ready to clean the hair out of your brush simply remove the pantyhose and throw it all out.


Phil B (author)2011-04-13

Years ago I read about some college students on their way home in a small car when the fan belt broke. A female passenger removed her pantyhose while the guys looked the other way. One of the guys slipped them over the pulleys in the pathway of the broken belt and tied the feet together in a knot. He adjusted the tightener pulley a bit and they were able to drive to a garage for a real replacement belt.

Stevie Zee (author)Phil B2015-11-20

Yup - my dad used to use one for a belt in his record turntable. Also worked for many, many years.

bonecholampworks (author)Phil B2015-11-10

Yep. I can confirm too...worked like a charm.

Can confirm this one is true. Same happened with my mom back in college. Fan belt broke and some bloke who stopped to help asked her the creepy question, "Are you wearing Pantyhose?" She did and he proceeded to do the same with it as you describe. My mom managed to get to a garage where they could fix it properly.

Another quick trick from those days. If you minor spring a leak in your radiator, pour curry powder into the engine coolant. it will seal the hole long enough to get you to safety. That is if you have some handy, thankfully my mom grew up in the capitol of India, Durban, and some random stranger had some handy when her car was overhearing due to a small leak.

Yes this is true, I did it myself once. I had taken my wife to a job interview and on our way home the serp belt broke. Luckily she had nylons on so I tied them around the drive pulley and around the water pump. I didn't have power steering but it drove and didn't overheat. Actually drove it for a couple days until Monday rolled around and I could get a new belt. Throw an old pair of these in your trunk next to your jack, you never know when they can save you.

upstaterNY (author)2012-02-12

Hi former upstate New Yorker. I am a current upstate New Yorker and have been suffering from cold legs in the winter too. I have tried wearing thermals under my dress pants, but they are too thick (and itchy).

Your pantyhose idea sounds great. My problem, I am a single guy, and don't currently have a girl friend to ask. I am too embarrassed to buy them or to ask any girls I know.

Women, If I were your boyfriend, or even just a close friend, would you think it odd if I were to ask your and explain why?

lzang46 (author)upstaterNY2017-06-27

My father-in-law had the same problem. It was was years ago but we found him slippery 'silver' ones that insulated better than the old cotton ones. No longer have a clue where we found them, maybe in a camping/hunting outlet.

StylistStorm (author)upstaterNY2015-11-18

Seriously, just go buy them. No one is going to question you if they are for you unless you tell them they are, if anything they will just assume-that you are a sweet boyfriend buying them for your girlfriend. I wear them all the time in the winter as I have nerve damage and honestly, I'd probably never leave the house of pantyhose or tights didn't exist.

miked2001 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-10

Turn in your Man Card. No one really cares why you are buying them.
I've bought them and other woman's products for my girl. Never felt
funny, just did what needed to be done.

I have never tried
them for warmth but I do not use cotton thermals, I use polypropylene underwear
when I am out in the cold. Cotton only keeps your sweat and then becomes
cold so you become cold. if you are so afraid of someone finding out
try the polypropylene, works awesome.

rockytopp (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

I wouldn't think it odd with that explanation. Years ago Football player Joe Namath wore panty hose for that reason, also. And he ended up doing a commercial on TV for the panty hose company.

ladybgood (author)rockytopp2015-11-10

i remember that commercial but never knew why he did it! wow!

eruger (author)upstaterNY2014-09-08

I have found that those in the store simply assume that you are buying female-oriented products for your wife or girlfriend. If anyone reacts at all, it's usually with admiration. It's awkward the first time, then you realize it's a non-issue. The only hitch would be if you wanted to ask that counter-person out for a date.

eruger (author)eruger2014-09-08

PS...I do find that nylons are very uncomfortable with leg hair.

Dough_Artisan (author)eruger2015-11-09

baby powder

api001 (author)eruger2014-09-09

Seriously, my friend. No one cares. I used this trick CONSTANTLY when I was snow boarding, back in the day. We'd saturate our baggy jeans with Scotch Guard, Then put on 1-2 layers of panty-hose underneath, depending on the expected temps. We looked cool, dry and were actually quite cozy!

Dough_Artisan (author)upstaterNY2015-11-09

awww get over it! go get your hose. You could be buying for a significant other, its noooo bodies biz!

macgyver71 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

I wore them all through the winter when I enlisted (back in 89). Basic and AIT in the snow & sub-zero temps...the long underwear helped a little, but it still got cold. the pantyhose worked surprisingly well. After learning that, I use them every winter when deer hunting and the temps drop :)

cwhart (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

Dollar store....they have everything for a dollar

jacrook22 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

Absolutely NOT! As kids, we used to wear my Mom's snagged pantyhose under our snow pants so we could stay outside longer in the Winter! And, by we, I mean my sister AND brother! All the neighbor kids did it!

chefstu0u812 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

just tell them you need them to rob a bank. Manliness intack.

Katotina121 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

Use the self-checkout

Scott594 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

Underarmor, worth every cent!

Scott594 (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

Underarmor, worth every cent!

doo da do (author)upstaterNY2015-11-08

just say recycle my friend

stephenmack (author)upstaterNY2015-10-26

If you are ever uncomfortable buying something, buy an inexpensive birthday card with the item to make it seem like it is for someone else,

phreec (author)upstaterNY2014-05-01

i always love this question, because it helps open up avenues toward broader minds, lol!

i -definitely- wouldn't think it odd! you're cold, and confident enough with yourself to be practical :D i've had guy friends ask, and suggested it to guys who were having the same problem, lol...i usually suggest cheap tights over pantyhose, though, because they're slightly thicker/more can even cut the feet off, if it's more comfortable. my mom was career Navy, stationed here in VA, where winters are cold, and she wore tights under her uniform pants on her ship, after one of her CHIEFS suggested it to her, LOL ;D

hope the pantyhose helped keep you warm!!

~christi :)


PiaH1 (author)phreec2015-09-29

Cutting off the feet of your tights/pantyhose is a smart thing as they are made of synthetic materials that will make your feet cold in winter as they do not transport the sweat away from the foot. Use a pair of soft wool socks instead and you'll have warm feet all winter long:o)

sunnyb (author)upstaterNY2012-12-25

didn't a 70s football player do a commercial for nylons?

mizar5 (author)sunnyb2014-09-07

That would be Joe Namath.

wuwendie (author)upstaterNY2012-10-28

I can't believe nobody replied.
I wouldn't think it was odd. But when I worked retail it wasn't unusual to have guys buying stockings . I never asked, but I'd bet they'd just say they were getting them for their mom.

charleyrocknroll (author)2015-11-08

I like the panty hose ideas for the vegetable garden. I'm a 63 yr old man, with no woman in my life, so, no used hose. Besides buying new hose, where would a fellow locate used hose?

lzang46 (author)charleyrocknroll2017-06-27

Try any local thrift store for cheap ones

fattG (author)charleyrocknroll2015-11-21

Buy 'em on line - cheaper than dirt from China.


I purchased a big bag of old pantyhose at a thrift store for $2, might be worth a look.

cwhart (author)charleyrocknroll2015-11-08

They are pretty cheap in the Dollar store. and they will look used the first time you use them to tie up your tomatoes

sventetzlaff made it! (author)2016-12-28

Pantyhose Microphone Pop Filter


DanP13 (author)2016-04-11

Rob a bank....... LOL.... Better watch out with that comment - Very few people have a sense of humor these days :-)

Bender Rodriguez (author)2015-11-08

There is a use for these that is probably not mentioned in many places. Take hair clipping from a barber shop, put them in pantyhose, and use the leg-shaped hair balls to soak up oil from oil spills in the ocean. Sure, it'll take a boat load of hair-filled nylons to make a difference, but they cost nothing but time to make.

actually putting kitty litter in the pantyhose to soak up oil works much better

CaptSnaz (author)Dough_Artisan2015-12-20

Also - Kitty Litter in the panty hose works as a Hang-up to remove extra moisture in the air from a damp area of one's house. Not much needed, just a few cups.

BennyB4 (author)Bender Rodriguez2015-11-09

hair in a pantyhose repels squirrels, I've heard. They think it smells like a predator.

steinie44 (author)2015-11-27

Great to strain lumps out of paint.

xifirus (author)2015-11-09

We would use it after working with fiberglass to remove the little invisible glass splinters from our arms. Just run the panty hose under some cold water and run it down your arms always from shoulder to hand and it'll pull the splinters out.

darklotus (author)xifirus2015-11-27

I've never heard of that one! I have a friend who has just started with a fibreglass insulation company and I'll have to tell him about that.

darklotus (author)2015-11-08

A few more uses for pantyhose :

1.Help to prevent saddle sores when horse riding

2.Can protect against box jellyfish stings (deadly jellyfish in Northern Queensland, Australia),

3.Make good ties for tomato plants and other climbing plants with more delicate stems

4. if used with a solution of lavender oil (about 2 teaspoons of the 20% oil per litre of water or about 12 drops of pure oil per litre of water) in a spray bottle, they will clean most marks off walls without damaging the paint and are fantastic for cleaning fingerprints from light switches and power points etc.


5.. if you fill the foot part with natural wheat bran and a small drop of dishwashing liquid and tie it then cut it off the main body of the pantyhose, it makes a very effective spot cleaner for upholstery.

ladybgood (author)darklotus2015-11-10

er, how do you put the panty hose on the horse to prevent saddle sores? I've got 4 horses and am intrigued.

darklotus (author)ladybgood2015-11-27

lmao! Yes, they can get a bit stroppy when it comes to dressing them in pantyhose - especially if they don't like the denier! You could always try lace top stay up stockings, though!

JohnD40 (author)2015-11-13

I buy enchantress pantyhose and they are delivered to my house once a month. These are the best wearing hose I have ever come across.

LisaGreen (author)2015-11-11

Hi... I don't believe noone has posted wear them *over* your shoes and trousers/jeans whatever if there is a lot of ice. You will *never* slip!

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