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How to Recycle Fabric for Household Use

Have you ever wondered how to recycle fabric scraps? Cut them into homemade tissues!

| August/September 2015

  • Homemade Tissues
    Before taking old clothes to a local donation drop-off, cut any stained or ripped clothing into homemade tissues.
    Photo by Fotolia/WavebreakmediaMicro

  • Homemade Tissues

When someone in our family tosses a cloth item, such as clothes or sheets, into the thrift store giveaway box, I inspect it for holes or stains, because our thrift shop will throw damaged items away. If necessary, I wash the pieces the thrift store won’t accept, cut off any buttons to add to our repair bag, and set the cloth aside.

While I’m reading aloud to our five children, they use scissors to cut the old items into squares for the “Kleenex” basket. Sheets yield quite a few squares! We store the homemade tissues in a wire basket in the kitchen. I now have one less item to buy and we’ve found a second use for our “trash.”

Lauren Banta
Centerburg, Ohio





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