Let’s face it: old bath towels pile up on our shelves without even a moment of thought or consideration for their lifespan. They’ve been there on our messiest days, but somehow we’re easy to discard them once their material starts to wear down. We’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet!
This list covers 25 unordinary uses for old towels that will have you fascinated with each image. Why is it important to reuse old towels you might ask? Simple! Being environmentally-conscious and proactive in reducing waste affects us all a great deal. We need to do better about protecting our surroundings to help manage our overconsumption and wasteful habits. Take the first step today and check out how these lovely creations can help start making a difference in your life today!
1) Watch Band
This simple to make wrist band is useful if you have any broken wristwear that needs mending. Who would’ve thought re-using a towel can be so creative? Get back to tracking your time by using this tutorial to help make this nifty product.
Here’s an eco-friendly way to make your next washcloth. You may actually never have to spend a single dime on another cloth again! It’s perfect for maintaining zero-waste and for drying those wet spots that just repeatedly keep coming back.
3) Bath Mat
Bath mats are supposed to be plush and layered enough to avoid big wet spots around the bathtub. This incredibly soft bath mat is awesome for retaining moisture and for giving your feet something comfy to land on after a nice shower. Follow this walkthrough for a step-by-step guide.
4) Spa Slippers
Need slippers for the cold weather? Try using your unused towel to craft these incredibly warm and fuzzy spa slippers for any wintery occasion. You’re going to need to gather a pair of flops and your best sewing skills. Here’s the easy tutorial for crafting the slippers.
5) Kitchen Towel
Since the kitchen is where most spills occur, it’s no surprise that trying to reuse a towel would be optimal. You can reduce the number of paper towels and overall waste by keeping one of these handy in your kitchen. Come prepared with an old towel and cotton fabric to make this cute towel into your next kitchen upgrade.
6) Cloth Caddy
This is a stellar way to keep some of your belongings neatly tucked and protected. Too little space in that overcrowded closet? Not to worry since you can hang this trinket on doors, walls, or handles. The full step by step process can be found here.
Tired of that saggy pillow you’ve reused countless times over the past several years? Try making a pillow out of your old bath towels and see what DIY designers are raving about. You can use different towels to create different patterns and even set them up on your couch or bed. Get the full scoop on the how-to with this link.
8) Towel Cats
These adorable towel kitties are ideal as kid-friendly decorations or even for that cat-lover who can’t stop talking about them. These will require a bit more dexterity than your average towel project, but the end result is definitely worth the time. Check out the guide here.
9) Pot Holders
Scared of handling hot, steamy pots? We’ve got you covered with these reusable potholders that will keep your hands cool and protected from any burns. An old towel with patterned cotton is all you’ll need to create these lavish potholders. Be sure to follow these instructions for more on how to craft them.
10) Bath Pouf
Try using old towels to create these eco-friendly bath poufs. The result is a scrub that will last a long time and get you clean like other bath poufs without having to spend a penny. The steps are simple, and you’ll even feel awesome knowing you’re taking greener steps to be environmentally conscious.
11) Beach Bag
Nice day for the beach? Don’t forget your handy dandy beach bag made from reusable bath towel! It has sufficient space to store your drinks, food, and even favorite reading book. Check the tutorial if you’re interested in this lavish piece.
12) Swiffer Cover
Covering your Swiffer with old towels is a way clean more effectively. It covers more ground and absorbs just about the same amount of dirt and stains from a normal mop. It’s fantastic as a gift or even for your very own lovely home. Try the step-by-step instructions here.
13) Cute Baby Bibs
For those messy babies who can’t seem to keep it all contained. Use it as your next gift on your next baby shower, or even give it to your baby niece or nephew that can definitely put it to good use. Follow the link here for the how-to.
14) Bath Mat II
Since we already discussed this project, why not give it another spin? This flatter, lighter version of the bath mat is easier to transport, clean, and also make. You’ll never risk another wet floor again once you see just how great these towels can absorb anything with ease.
15) Spa Towel
After a hard day at the office, getting some relaxation time is important. This DIY spa towel is great for warming up and retaining hot moisture to ease muscle pains and swellings. This is an amazing gift for ladies who frequently enjoy a day at the spa or just pampering themselves whenever they can. Here are the instructions for the spa towel.
16) Pet Cushion
Your pets need to feel safe and comfortable too. The good news is you can with a very simple design! These cushions are easy to make and your pets will thank you for giving them a warm place to sit down.
17) Unpaper Towels
Tired of constantly spending money on paper towels? Fortunately, you don’t have to with this simple DIY kitchen cloth. Use any old towel and follow these steps to get the desired look in your kitchen. No more having to waste so much paper and money for a problem that can be solved by upcycling
18) Remover Pads
These small, simple remover pads are great for reducing waste and cleaning up hard to remove stains. They can be cut in a variety of shapes and sizes and even be made into cup coasters. Check out how to make these zero-waste removers using this process.
19) Family Cloth
Just like the remover pads, these do an excellent job in picking up after one’s self in the bathroom. It’s valuable since you don’t have to continue to spend on toilet papers and its even more effective of cleaning dirty surfaces. Take the step to become more eco-friendly with this crafty idea!
20) Wash Cloth Soap Holders
Tired of your soap slipping through after it gets mushy? These wonderful washcloth soap holders are just the solution you’re looking for. They’re easy to make, and you can use them to lather your skin as well.
Using plastic and synthetic material is terrible for the environment. Why not switch it up with these awesome sponges made from reusable old towels? It doesn’t cost much to make, is totally reusable, and you can help preserve the environment. Take action today and follow these simple steps if you’d like to make your very own.
22) Swiffer Mop Cover II
Since we’ve already covered this one, the really important thing to highlight is that you no longer have to keep tossing away the disposable cloths the product comes with. You can help the environment by reusing the old towel and washing it in order to reduce and even help eliminate any more waste. You and your wallet will thank us once you start noticing how much better at cleaning it is and how cheap it is to simply wash and reuse rather than constantly purchasing more disposable cloths. Here’s the full step-by-step process to create the mop cover.
23) Sanitary Pads
These sanitary pads are great for replacing the plastic wastage that most people consume while shopping. In addition, they are incredibly safe and effective in getting the job done. On top of that, they can be easily constructed using old towels and you contribute to a safer planet with each one.
24) Beach Bag
This cute owl towel was created by combing an old towel in gray color with printed fabris that compliment the gray towel beautifully. It’s a wonderful addition to any room or even the living room sofa. The fact that it’s also made with a reusable towel is what truly bedazzles us!
25) Concrete Planter
This one requires a bit more preparation and accessibility to concrete. You would have to dip your old towel in concrete and let it dry as you shift the shape like a planter. It’s great for storing plants and flowers and can be placed almost anywhere without compromising its shape.