(By the way, this should go without saying, but I'm going to say it, anyway: wash your old hosiery before using them for any of these alternative uses.)
1. Secure a trash bag
Is your garbage bag always slipping down into your trash can? If so, cut off the waistband from an old pair of pantyhose and use it like a giant rubber band to secure the garbage bag around the top of your trash can.
2. Use as a polishing cloth
Scrunch a pair of old pantyhose in a ball and then use it to polish furniture, leather goods or mirrors without leaving any scratches behind. Old pantyhose also make a good makeshift dust cloth for delicate items. If you're dusting hard-to-reach areas, try attaching a piece of pantyhose to the end of a stretched-out wire hanger.
3. Store onions
Wash a pair of old pantyhose and then cut off the leg. Push a whole onion all the way to the bottom of the pantyhose leg. Then tie a knot with the pantyhose above the onion. Add another onion to the pantyhose leg and tie a knot on top of it. Repeat this process until you only have six inches of pantyhose leg remaining. Lastly, tie a final knot and hang up your onion holder in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area with a storage temperature of 45-55 degrees(F). Keep your onion holder out of the direct sunlight, and don't store it alongside potatoes or other produce items that release moisture. This storage method can keep your onions fresh for up to six months! You can also use this same pantyhose storage method with whole garlic.
Little pieces of leftover soap are hard to use on their own, so they often get thrown out. If you've got a bunch of little soap scraps lying around, round them up and place them in the cut-off foot of an old pair of pantyhose. Tie the pantyhose in a knot above the soap scraps, and use the bundled scraps in the kitchen, bathroom or outdoor sink
5. Make hair ties
Cut a pair of old pantyhose across the legs into one inch strips to create "ouchless" hair ties that won't damage your hair or leave unsightly ridges in it. Use nude-colored hose if you have blonde hair and dark-colored hose if you're a brunette. If you want to make colorful hair ties, cut up a bright pair of old tights. If you have thick hair and need sturdier hair ties, try cutting the control-top section of a pair of old hosiery into strips.
Place potpourri in the cut-off foot of an old pair of pantyhose and secure with a knot. Throw your homemade potpourri satchels in your drawers and linen closet to keep your clothes and sheets smelling great.
7. First aid
Place an old, washed pair of pantyhose in your first aid kit since a cut strip of pantyhose (cut pantyhose strips as described in “5. Make Hair Ties”) can be used as a tourniquet or can help keep a bandage, splint, or cold pack in place. Along the same lines, if your sneakers give you killer blisters, try wearing the cut-off foot of an old pair of pantyhose underneath your socks for extra protection from blister-causing friction.
8. Make a homemade dehumidifier/odor absorber
Cut off the foot of an old pair of pantyhose and fill with catnip. Tie the open end in a knot. Place in your drawers or closet to absorb moisture. You can also place it in your stinky shoes to absorb odors.
9. Find tiny, lost objects
I’m always “losing” tiny objects on my carpet such as little stud earrings, earring backs, my sewing needle, tiny screws and nails, and little buttons. Instead of spending an hour on my hands and knees scouring the carpet in my house for the tiny, lost item, I use a pair of pantyhose and my vacuum cleaner. Here’s what you do: cut off the foot of a pair of old pantyhose (make sure to leave the toe section intact) and then slip this cut-off foot over the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner hose. Secure the pantyhose foot to the nozzle with a rubber band. Then turn your vacuum on its lowest power setting and very carefully run the nozzle over your carpet. Hopefully, your “lost” item will affix itself to pantyhose!
10. Clean your pool
Stretch an old pair of pantyhose over your pool skimmer basket to trap potential drain cloggers like dirt, hair, and other debris that are too small to be picked up by your normal skimmer basket.
11. Make a sock bun
Take a pair of old hose and make two cuts: cut off the “footie” part about three inches above the ankle and then cut off the footie’s toe. Next, roll the footie down from the top where you cut if off until it rolls into a donut-like shape. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic hair tie. Put your homemade hosiery donut through the ends of your hair and then tuck your hair ends underneath the donut. Then roll the donut down along your hair till you reach your hair tie. The best way to learn how to do this is to watch a video tutorial on YouTube, such as this one (note: this video uses a sock, but your pantyhose/tights footie will also do the trick).