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Old 02-17-2008, 11:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have some socks, boxers and tshirts with holes in them. I have plenty of rags and I have no idea what to do with them. What can I do with them that does not include throwing them in the garbage or doing something crafty with them?
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:26 PM
 
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Gosh, you've kind of used up all the options there, I think: no rags, no crafty, no tossing! What else is there?

Seriously for the T-shirts and boxers, depending on the size of the hole I'd just try sewing them up or patching. My DH will wear boxers until they literally hang in pieces. I've turned socks into doggie tug-of-war toys, but that has limited usefulness and in retrospect it kinda taught the dogs to see all socks as playthings... not so good after all.

Hopefully someone else will have more ideas!

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Offer them up FFS to someone who can use them for something crafty? Lots of moms on here can't really afford fabric, so that might be great for them!
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Freecycle? I'm a crafty mom and I LOVE using worn clothing, because in small(ish) towns like mine w/out quality fabric shops it can be hard to find good materials. Post an ad on freecycle, and put the stuff on your porch/stoop.
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I was gonna ask- do you sew? I have made some diapers from things like you mentioned. Also "mama cloth" can be made from even small bits of clothing, as well as reusable wipes.

OTOH if it is jsut gonna get put asside and bug you, then donate them... or Offer them on Freecycle as Rags.
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Freecycle is a great idea! I was a member a long time ago, off to go sign up again!
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I mentioned this on another thread - you could donate it to your local animal shelter or vet's office. They are happy to get items that they can use for bedding, or cleaning up.
No need to throw away, no matter the condition
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I agree with two PPs. Either donate it to someone who wants to make Family Cloth (which tee shirts are great for) or wipes, or to the local animal shelter for bedding

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Does your recycling service take textiles? You might be able to put them in the recycling!
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Does your recycling service take textiles? You might be able to put them in the recycling!
I was going to suggest this too. I can recycle textiles at my township garbage dump.
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you can use them in the garden to tie up plants with, if you collect seeds then you can also tie a piece a cloth around the flower head so the seeds don't scatter.

you can also compost them... I know there are dyes and possible other fibers besides cotton in them but they will rot down.

okay this may fall in the crafty area, depends on your use... if it's just for pretty then you can consider it crafty, if it has an actual use then it's not crafty but working... or something like that... make a scarecrow for the garden.

you can tie knots in the socks and other items and have a tug toy for the dog, (if you have a dog)
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We have "Planet Aid" recycling containers locally...whenever I have things that I wouldn't send to the thrift store because of holes or stains I set them aside and put them in the bin at the transfer station.
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FWIW, I contacted Planet Aid to make sure they really can use holey/stained/way-too-worn-to-sell clothing, and they said yes, definitely, please donate them!

Now I'm sure it's the responsible thing to do - some places can't use them, like our local thrift shop, and end up paying for disposal if they can't sell them, which doesn't help the charity that runs them any.

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If you use wood heat or start fires camping etc, 100% cotton makes really good "charcloth" (more of a toy than a tool in this day and age) http://www.kingsley-hughes.com/outdo..._charcloth.php

Or you can just use it for really easy kindling.
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To the tune of Whip It

When the holes come along
you must pitch it

If its a old and stained thong
you must pitch it

Since pit stains are so wrong
you must pitch it

Pitch it
Pitch it good
Pitch it real good

When your undies are hanging out
You must pitch it

When your knees are poking out
You must pitch it

If you are in doubt
You must pitch it

Pitch it
PItch it good
Pitch it real good
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To the tune of Whip It

When the holes come along
you must pitch it

If its a old and stained thong
you must pitch it

Since pit stains are so wrong
you must pitch it

Pitch it
Pitch it good
Pitch it real good

When your undies are hanging out
You must pitch it

When your knees are poking out
You must pitch it

If you are in doubt
You must pitch it

Pitch it
PItch it good
Pitch it real good
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