7 Ways to Use Old Pillowcases at Home
Before you throw your old pillowcase in the trash, think about how you can extend its life. Maybe not as a pillowcase, but for other great uses.
Go in search of all your old pillowcases that are gathering dust in the closet. Get out your crafting supplies and let's get started! I've got 7 handy ideas for you to get started.
1. Dust off ceiling fan blades
Have you ever seen clumps of dust kicked up from your ceiling fan when you turn it on for the first time in weeks? Take an old pillowcase and place it over one of the fan blades. Slowly pull the pillowcase off. The blades will be dusted, and the collected dust will stay in the pillowcase instead of bouncing off the floor.
2. Get rid of cobwebs
There's a cobweb hanging high in the corner of your dining room. Before you take the broom, cover it with an old pillowcase. Now you can wipe away the cobwebs without scratching the wall paint or leaving a smudge. Plus, it's easier to remove the cobwebs from the pillowcase than it's to pull them out of the broom bristles.
3. Cover a baby's changing table
Have you checked the price of those expensive changing table covers lately? Instead, get a few of the cheapest white pillowcases you can find and use them to cover the changing table pad. If a cover gets dirty, just pull it off and replace it with a clean one.
4. Craft a set of linen napkins
Who needs formal linen napkins that need ironing every time you use them? Cheap pillow napkins come in a variety of colors and patterns. Pick a color or design you like and start cutting. If you're really ambitious, sew a 1/2 inch (1 cm) hem on each edge. You'll already have a new set of colorful napkins for a fraction of the cost of regular cloth napkins.
5. Prepare travel pillows
Road trips can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a little messy. Your kids may want to bring their own pillows, but they'll get them dirty with candy, food and pencils. Take their favorite pillows and put several pillowcases over each pillow. When the outer cover gets dirty, pull it off and start over.
6. Put matching bedding together
A common problem when friends stay over is finding bedding. Your newly arrived overnight guests want to get into bed, but it's not made yet, and you want to avoid giving them sheets that don't match or that look like they're ready to be recycled as rags. Next time, sort your laundry. Put freshly laundered and folded sheets in their matching pillowcase before putting them in the linen closet.
7. Machine wash your delicates
To keep sweaters and tights from getting out of shape in the washing machine, put them in a pillowcase first, close the opening, set the machine to delicates, and add soap.