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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
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!
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?
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.
DIY Travel Toothbrush Holder
Why not use an old towel to make this ingenious family travel toothbrush holder? Swoodson Says has this great beginner sewing tutorial on how to make your own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Garden Kneeler Pad
Use old towels as the padding for your knees and keep gardening gentle on your joints with this lovely homemade garden kneeler pad from Homespun Seasonal Living.
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!
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!
A lovely cheap way of making a baby shower present is to make some baby bibs up cycling some pretty fabric remnants with a towelling backing. Burp cloths are always an essential for a new baby, so any new mum will be happy to have these!
Find my tutorial and free template here.
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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