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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.
 
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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.

MAXIMUM ADORABILITY = SIDEPONY

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.
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Phil B3 years ago
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.
upstaterNY2 years ago
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?
phreec upstaterNY2 months ago

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 durable...you 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 :)

VA

didn't a 70s football player do a commercial for nylons?
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.
lbortsov5 months ago

Yeah, I'm totally not paying attention to the soap in this picture. <.<

Kavanagh246 months ago

great tip with the hairbrush! thanks

Trollgunn1 year ago
After reading this instructable, I don't think I will ever throw away a panty hose/stocking with a ladder in it ever again. Thanks!
RangerJ1 year ago
A friend of mine was an exterminator for years. He suggested putting a handful of mothballs in the foot portions of panty hose and cutting them off, then dangling them under the house or in the attic as a repellant for all kinds of critters. Many insects, snakes, mammals, etc. can't stand the smell of camphor.
phand1242 years ago
give em to a military man, navy or air force usually, where they no how to polish shoes.... theyll fix em :P
juntti3 years ago
Finding alternate uses for pantyhose is a national sport in my country. I think it all got started years ago with a bunch of tech students sending pantyhose tips to a magazine that has a section for household tips (they pay for the best ones). Tips range from drying lettuce quickly in pantyhose to DIY hands-free thingy for mobile phones...
juntti-- hey there! Could you explain the DIY hands-free thingy for mobile phones? I'm wondering what it might be???
Sure. Cut off one leg of the pantyhose, roll it up and put it on your head much like a headband (sweatband) and stick the phone in between the band and your ear. ;) You can use the same band to fasten your head to the car seat's neck support to prevent slouching while sleeping in the car. Keeps those nasty back and neck pains away. Handy!
@juntti...thank you...I did 100's of thousands of miles driving over the span of 21 years in the US, mainly Texas and southern states with highways 100's of miles long...wish would have thought of your idea to 'strap the head' with pantyhose, not a bad idea at all...
I saw on TV the other day, one of those commercials of inventions that people have thought of and are selling. The commercial had what looked like a headphone headband with the speakers removed, and they showed it to keep your phone strapped to your head. I think it was called a Go-Joe? Not sure. But the idea was the tension in the 'headband' kept the phone plastered to your head/face. Did not seem too bad once you thought about it...I thought of your project with the pantyhose, and had to tell you about it...
sherna12 years ago
Another use, for those of us who have ceiling fans.
Slid a single stocking onto each blade. Keeps them clean for ages, and saves heaps on time and energy cleaning them.
Use singles not pantyhose, because it needs to have the 'band' around the top to hold onto the fan blade.
Use white stockings on white blades, etc.
Shut Up Now2 years ago
You can stretch pantyhose over a frame made from a wire coat hanger to make a great pop filter for recording vocals!
This is fantastic!!!
blodefood2 years ago
Fill with a handful of rice, barley or small beans and you have an anti stress squeeze ball.
sheilamommy2 years ago
I use the legs from old pantyhose (ph) to store opened boxes of spaghetti pasta when I have only used a bit of the pasta.

Also, I agree, ph are very strong for binding and toting items. When moving I bundled books in groups of fifteen with pantyhose. Made easy burdens for children to transport. Also I rolled up, tied and stored a 9 X 12 ft rug with ph. Have used them countless times for anchoring items to roof rack of car.
liveleezgl2 years ago
Oh ! Hey ! Maybe filled with rice and placed in front of door to block the drafts... I'm going to try it !!!
-max-2 years ago
do do this, just play around with the contrast level (make it lower) sharpness, color sateration, and brightness levels on the camera in the settings.
sconner12 years ago
This is the best one.

26. Fill the foot with climbers hand chalk powder and tie it to your belt for easy access while on the ropes. Just give it a squeeze with one hand at a time.
sconner12 years ago
And this is also good to wick moisture away from your skin to keep warm in the cold weather too. The outdoor stores sell thin, stretchy synthetic fiber undergarments for unspeakable prices to do the same thing.
sconner12 years ago
An embroidery hoop will hold it better than tape in the water and be sturdier than the wire.
sconner12 years ago
Scouts use this method out camping at the wash station. Hang the soap in a hose and it wont get lost or dropped. Just wet your hands and rub the soap "dispenser".
sconner12 years ago
If I want this effect, I just use a disposable camera with slow film and a scratched lens in a dim room.
sideways2 years ago
I use sections of a leg as a pre-filter for my shop vac. It helps keep the expensive filter from getting clogged as fast. I just take a section of leg and slide it over the filter cylinder.
This works to protect engines from abrasive volcano ash in the air too, I hear.
Wrap hosiery over your car air filter and get out of there.
mbusby2 years ago
Big bronzed Lifesavers on Australian beaches have been using them for years to stop jellyfish stings. They also get strange looks but beats the hell out of being stung by a Box Jellyfish or Irukandji Jellyfish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irukandji_jellyfish
love4pds2 years ago
Pantyhose are great for tying up plants like tomato plants to stakes because the hose don't damage the plants because they are soft and the elasticity. :)
kirnex2 years ago
Great ideas! A couple of other uses I've found for them:

1) As ties for delicate plants. They work great to help stake young trees, tomato plants, etc.

2) As hair-bun enhancers. A pair of stockings that match hair color are great when stuffed with a like-colored material (I buy cheap wigs and use the hair) for enhancing french-twists, chignons, even as a better alternative to those "Bump-its". They work great and are much less noticeable than many items sold for the same purposes.

3) I use knee-high stockings with our rechargeable pool vacuum. I find it collects much more debris than the filter the vacuum came with, and have happily noted that where all our neighbors have had to buy new vacuums each year and have their filters repaired regularly, we've had no such problems.

4) to stuff the tips of shoes that might not quite fit right. I, like many people, have one foot bigger than the other. Add to that the dilemma of having feet that grow a good size-and-a-half when I start back up my power-lifting routine, and it leads to a lot of cute shoes that don't quite fit so well. Tissue is a pain--especially if it's summer and your feet sweat. Stockings the color of the shoe or the stockings you are wearing are a perfect alternative.

Might have more if I think about it. :) Great start to a terrific forum!
I loved reading all your tips. Please do add more.
One impotant thing for pantyhose, If you break a belt on your car. When I drove over the road my truck broke an alternator belt, Leggs got me home 1200 miles.
You have GOT to write Leggs and let them know - soooo awesome :)
signoutloud2 years ago
I need this idea so badly at my home - thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
signoutloud2 years ago
I'll bet cotton balls (or tissue or paper towels) put INSIDE the pantyhose would work well, too? Hmm..have to try that sometime - thank you!!
Wimzi2 years ago
Keep your skin soft by adding some oatmeal to the foot of an old pair of pantyhose and hanging it under the tap of the bath while filling it....soak up the ggodness while relaxing :)
metqa2 years ago
I have a shoebox Worm Bin and no matter what I did,I'd be plagued by fruit flies and fungas gnats. Two things I've done to cut down on this in my most recent bin a) I freeze all my scraps and add them, still frozen, to the worm bin and
b) I enclosed the entire bin in the "butt" of a pair of panty hose and use the legs to tie down and secure the opening so any bugs inside can't get out and no bugs outside can get in and into the worms food. some how I still have crawly/winged creatures in there but none of them are fruit flys or gnats and they don't seem to be taking over like the flies and gnats do.

I used the Tatoo idea many years ago when I wanted to make my arms look like they were algea coverd ( I was a water fairy) I just put the knee highs in a bowl and dripped green food coloring on them. It ran and seeped in irregular patterns and when I put them on my arms, my own skin showed through in patches and the green looked like ti was growing up my arms.

I also have put the slivers of my favorite soap all together in a knee high panty hose to use in the bathroom. I never lose them down the drain anymore.

I had to use panty hose as a hair tie back because my afro was so big, and panty hose was the only thing long enough and gentle enough to not pull my hair out. It's great to use on children's hair, cause they have sensitive scalps and pulling out hair is no fun.

I think everyone has used pantyhose to tie up garden plants.

I'm gonna use the toe of panty hose to cover my kefir jar. let the air in , keep the bugs out. No losing and looking for rubber bands.
sdhicks2 years ago
NY Jets quarterback Joe Namath did this in the NFL!
askris2 years ago
I have very thin hair, like baby hair, and been using pantyhose scrunchies (black or color ones) for years to prevent my hair from breaking.
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