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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Alternative Uses for Pillowcases

Happy Saturday, y'all, from sunny Florida!  Well, it is supposed to be sunny today, but right now at 7 a.m. there is dense fog.

A little earlier I was watching a program on PBS about the brain and how to maximize its potential.  The speaker posed several questions for everyone to think about and answer.  The answers indicate how bad or good one's brain is functioning.  Well, according to this guy I should be sitting in a chair in the fetal position mumbling nursery rhymes.  I know he wants to sell some books but his approach is a bit strong.  Seriously, if my kids knew my answers they would have me bundled off to a place for old women with the mental capacity of a frog.  Just because I can't remember what I had for dinner last night doesn't mean I am a candidate for constant care.  I shut that sucker off immediately.  No use in prolonging sad info on the state of my mind.  Luckily though, I won't remember I even saw the program in a few hours.  Ha!

Speaking of my kids, my daughter is coming down for Christmas from New York City.  My son, from Massachusetts, will not be coming.  He works for a big utility company and because he is single,  every year he takes the Christmas shifts so that his coworkers with kids can have the time at home.  I do admire him for that but I wouldn't mind a couple of grandkids, either.

You are probably thinking to yourself that the title of today's post is about pillowcases and you haven't seen a word about them.  Now is the time.

All of the information below is from an article in Ideal Home Garden written by Leah Gillis.  Her work and that of many others can be found at

source: Ideal Home Garden
Protect Items In The Washing Machine

You can toss your delicates in a pillowcase and make sure those pantyhose, bras and sweaters won’t lost their shape by getting caught in the machine. It’s an easy way to ensure that your items get washed but are protected. Sure you can buy specialty products that do this, but why not use your old pillowcase and save the money? Another item this works well for is a stuffed animal. Simply toss the toy inside, tie the pillowcase shut, and allow the stuffed animal to air dry when finished.


Many people like to travel in cars, trains and airplanes with their pillow. Unfortunately, pillows can easily get dirty when you have no access to laundry machines. Simply wrap your pillow in a few used pillowcases, and every time one gets dirty, just take it off to reveal a new, clean one underneath. Old pillowcases are likely to have a few stains on them to begin with, and you won’t mind exposing them to the harsh elements of travel.Another great travel use for pillowcases is as a laundry bag. It doesn’t take up much room in your luggage, and as you use your clothes, you will appreciate having your dirty items separate from your clean ones.


Pillowcases make cleaning one hard to reach area in the home much easier: ceiling fan blades. By placing an old pillowcase over a ceiling fan blade and slowly pulling it back off again, you can easily remove the dust off the blades. The dirt and debris is also trapped inside the pillowcase, preventing it from floating down to your floor or furniture below.You can also use pillowcases to dust hard to reach areas and cobwebs up high by placing one over a broom and wiping the area. You will clear the cobwebs and dust more effectively than just using a broom.

Storage & Protection

If you have leather shoes or purses, you’ve likely noticed they can get dusty sitting on shelves or on the floor in your closet. By wrapping them in pillowcases, you protect the leather and keep them from gathering dust. After a while, simply throw the pillowcases in the wash and wrap them up again to continue protecting your favorite shoes and accessories.You can also place your sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, and other seasonal items in a pillowcase instead of plastic, metal or wood containers. The pillowcase allows the fabric to breath, while also protecting it from moths and dust.

Shopping & Beach Bags
Martha Stewart has some very creative ways to turn old pillowcases into shopping or beach bags. Since everyone is recycling old bags, you can do one better by taking your old pillowcase and using at the grocery store or farmers market, and as your beach bag. It’s perfect for both since it can get wet from produce or flowers and is fine in the sand. For extra portability, simply hot glue straps to the open end, creating a usable tote bag.

Packing & Gifts

You can easily wrap your breakable china, statues, collectibles and other fragile items in pillowcases to protect them from breaking during a move. Pillowcases also work well when wrapped around furniture edges and lamps. Protect furniture from being damaged and damaging other items, and protect breakable lamps.If you have an unstained pillowcase you no longer want, use it to wrap fragile gifts when sending them in the mail. Tie the pillowcase shut with a decorative ribbon for an added, stylish touch.

Basket Liners
If you have wicker baskets for beauty products or other small baskets in your bathroom or bedrooms, pillowcases are great liners for these. They look better than plastic bags and you save by not having to spend money to continually buy them.

Pillowcases hold vast potential for reuse around the home. If it’s time to give your current pillowcase a new life, try one or all of these easy tips. If you’ve tried all these ideas and still have some pillowcases left, you can always give them to homeless shelters and second hand stores that are in need of bedding. Just remember to always wash them first.
These are all pretty good ideas for pillowcases.  They keep it simple, right?

Have a great weekend!

Today .... keep it real and make it simple.

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