The great author Douglas Adams once said “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. It has great practical value.” Although you probably won’t need a towel to traverse the universe as the characters do in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Mr. Adams is spot on with how useful a simple towel can be.
Most of us have old towels that we aren’t quite sure what to do with. They’re too dirty to ever dry yourself with again, but you still want to get some use out of them before you throw it away. Luckily, there are plenty of awesome ways to utilize your old towels before they kick the bucket.
We put together a list of 10 unique DIY projects to make with old towels. They include everything from homemade brooms to slippers. Scroll through the list and see if there are any you want to try for yourself.
1. Lemon Cloths
Combine your old towels with lemons, vinegar and olive oil to keep lemon dust. Soak the towel in the mixture and then lay lemon rinds on them.
Fold each towel, keeping the rinds inside. Then, place them in a glass container and store until needed.
2. Fuzzy Slippers
Make your bath slippers infinitely more comfortable by covering them with an old towel. Learn how to do so here.
3. A New Swiffer Sweeper
Instead of going to the store and buying a new Swiffer, just put a bath towel on it. This simple trick can save you tons of money at the grocery store.
4. A Braided Rug
To make a braided rug out of old towels, cut your towel into strips 1.5 inches wide. Use three different color towels and begin sewing them together.
It may take a while, but the end result is worth it. If you want more detailed instructions, you can find them here.
5. A Shower Caddy
A folded towel can make the perfect bathroom companion. Instead of storing all the soap and shampoo bottles along the edge of the bathtub, keep them straight and organized like this.
6. A Duster
Use a microfiber towel for this useful DIY project. The instructions are a bit complex, but if you have the desire, you can easily pull it off.
7. A Bathroom Rug
Cut your towel into 1.5-inch strips and thread them through a rubber mat. You will end up with the perfect rug for your bathroom floor.
8. A Baby’s Bib
Towels can make the perfect bib for your messy baby. Start by cutting out a hole about the size of a CD for your child’s head.
Just look how happy he is!
9. Bath Towel Wrap
If you're interested in DIY clothing projects, this is for you. With Velcro, ribbon and old towel, you can make this mini-robe for yourself.
It’s the perfect thing to put on after a relaxing, hot shower.
10. Donate to a Shelter
If none of these projects seem appealing to you, don’t just throw your towels away. There are plenty of shelters and charities that are in desperate need and would love a donation.