Ways To Upcycle Old Towels

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We use a lot of towels in our house. And with constant use, they wear out very quickly. I hate throwing any cloth away if there is a way to reuse it. So here are some ways to upcycle old towels that prevent or delay this useful cloth going to landfill.

 

Ways To Upcycle Old Towels

 

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Unsponges

 

Plastic scrubbing sponges are so bad for the environment. But you can reuse your old towels by making unsponges and make something that does the job just as well, doesn’t cost a penny, and can even be composted once it has worn out. I call that a triple win!

 

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Unpaper Towels

 

We throw away so much paper in the form of kitchen towels, so why not make these useful and reusable kitchen cloths whilst upcycling your old towels? 

 

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Make Up Remover Pads

 

Even the smallest pieces of old towelling can be used by making these. Whilst you can make them as just a square shape to be as zero waste as possible, I love this hexagonal tile shape, that also minimises wastage yet looks oh so pretty.

 

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Family Cloth

 

Toilet paper has been a rare and valuable commodity in recent weeks. One way of reducing your use of loo paper is to use fabric toilet cloths instead of paper and wash after using.

 

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Wash Cloth Soap Holders

 

I love using shower bars instead of shower gel in plastic bottles. But hate the way the bars go mushy straight away. These wash cloth soap holders keep your soap or bar secure and create a great lather in use. Plus they are a great way to upcycle old towels.

 

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Bath Mat

 

You can use a towel as the base for a rag rug. The picture is of my hessian based rag rug, but instead, you can use an old towel and sew your jersey strips onto the old towel to make a brilliant absorbent bath mat with this tutorial.

 

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Swiffer Mop Covers

 

I love my Flash speed mop (or Swiffer mop), but hate using the disposable cloths that you are supposed to use and throw away to landfill. So I have made a Swiffer Mop cover using old towelling. These can be washed and reused again and again. Thus saving so much money and stopping so much plastic wastage going to landfill.

 

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Shower Pouf

 

Those plastic shower scrubbers that come with so many toiletry gift sets make me cringe with horror. Not only do they end up being mouldy and stinky, but they cannot be reused, and so end up going to the rubbish heap. These shower poufs are made from old towelling, can be washed, and are compostable at the end of their life… Plus they look pretty!

 

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Reusable Sanitary Towels

 

So much plastic wastage is produced by disposable sanitary products. But by making some reusable sanitary towels, using old towelling as a core, you can save so much money, and save the planet too!

 

Reusable Sanitary Pads

 

 

I hope that you have enjoyed finding out some brilliant ways to upcycle old towels. Do you think that will be following any of these ideas? I would love to know what you think. Comment below or holler at me on social media.

 

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And please do pin this post for later.

 

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23 Replies to “Ways To Upcycle Old Towels”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Michelle. I really do hate throwing cloth away!

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      1. Monica Graham says:

        Love the ideas here… I am old and suffer from occasional incontinence…. why didnt I think of recycling towels?
        I also recycle old bed sheets: our vegetable oil comes in a 3 gallon plastic tank. I cut a square hole in the empty, leaving the cutout piece intact on one side to make a flap, and fill it with 8×8 or so squares ripped from cotton sheets. They are great for every kind of cleanup and can be laundered.

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        1. Jo Boyne says:

          Thank you! And I too recycle old bedding. Theres a separate post here on the blog on some ideas of what else you can make, but love your wipes idea!

          Reply
  1. Sarah Stockley says:

    What fantastic ideas! I would never have thought of any of these. I tend to use old towels as rags for cleaning but I much prefer these super ideas.

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    1. Laraine Clarke says:

      Great excuse to buy new towels and not waste the old faded or stained ones. Must make the shower buff. Who knew it would be so simple.

      Reply
  2. Marie says:

    These are great tips I am going to try. I have started cleaning with old (clean socks) they do shine up well!

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  3. Melanie Varey says:

    What a lot of great ideas. I have never thought of using my old towels etc in this way so thank you for the ideas.

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    1. Margaret Pool says:

      In Zimbabwe we also make reusable baby napkins much better than disposable diapers. Both my children had cloth napkins. They do use quite a bit of water to wash but I really hate the sight of piles of disposables lying on the side of the roads. We do not have reliable refuse collections.

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  4. Emma Reed says:

    Oh my goodness you are just so clever! I wish I knew how to sew so I could make all you wonderful things. Loving the reusable ideas.

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    1. Elisabeth McKay says:

      I’m always horrified at the number of young people who have never been taught to sew or knit, they are such useful skills. Honestly, it’s not difficult – although I was taught to hand-sew (I still sew at 10 stitches to the inch, my teacher went over hand-sewn seams with a magnifying glass!) at school, I didn’t get my first sewing machine until I was an adult, and basically taught myself. Try it! And some of these ideas are not only useful, they are simple enough that they would make great apprentice-pieces for the complete beginner

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      1. Jo Boyne says:

        I totally agree. Sewing and embroidery are cheap and easy skills to learn. So many people do not know how to sew a button back on, or how to mend a rip in some clothing. Is it any wonder we are such a throw-away society?

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  5. steph says:

    What a fantastic post! I’m off to pin loads off those as I will give them a go. I’ve been using so much more reasonable stuff and I love it, I can’t imagine going back to throw away items after one use

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you so much. A lot of these items are really so easy to make. And once you start up cycling your old towels and cloth, you won’t ever want to buy anything again!

      Reply
  6. Michaele says:

    Love these ideas. I consider myself a creative and frugal person, but these ideas top any of mine!!! Kudos to you!

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  7. Marc says:

    Awesome ideas! I am a big fan of upcycling too. Can’t wait to try some of these.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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