According to The Daily Green website, only 15% wire clothes hangers are recycled; 75% end up in landfills.
Retailers, dry cleaners, and hospitality locations toss billions of hangers annually. If we do our small part in reusing and recycling them, it can make a big difference.
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Recycle Wire Clothes Hangers: Household Uses
- If you’ve locked the keys in the car with the window slightly open you can use the hanger to fish them off the seat and bring them through the window.
- Wire hangers are great for unclogging drains, both toilet, and sink. You can go fishing around in the drain and try to remove the obstruction.
- Keep some around the house for those emergency prodding and poking situations that require a sturdy bit of thin wire. For example, they’re handy for getting things that are out of reach in cupboards.
- Make S-shaped hooks using a wire cutter to cut the hanger and then pliers to create the shape.
- Make an instant toilet paper hanger.
- Bend it into shape to use as a paper towel holder.
- Create a paint strainer frame. Pull the hanger into a roughly round shape and cover it with a panty-hose leg. Once used, just toss away the pantyhose and keep the frame to use another day.
- To reduce static cling, run a wire hanger between the garment and your skin.
Recycle Wire Clothes Hangers: Gardening
- Bend the hanger to make a plant hanger for a pot.
- If you have enough, you could use them to make a trellis frame for climbing plants.
- Create simple topiary forms using those surplus hangers.
- Make a water-dowsing tool. Take two coat-hangers and bend into 90 degrees, making one “arm” twice as long as the other.
Recycle Wire Clothes Hangers: Arts and Crafts
- Make picture easels and frames with hangers.
- Bend the hanger into a bubble wand. Pour bubble soap into an old ice cream lid or other large shallow dishes, dip the wand in and have fun.
- Hangers are great for making mobiles to hang over babies’ beds.
- Make a net. Bend the hanger into a circle and stretch old pantyhose around it. Kids can take this to look for little fish in a stream, or sift out seashells at the beach.
- Get ready for the next holiday using your hangers. Bend them to make wreaths and then decorate them with seasonally appropriate materials.
- Use it has a holder for your hot glue gun or soldering iron. Bend the hanger in the middle through the handle and then fold up each corner into an M-shape.
- If you knit or crochet, you can use up those little bits of yarn you have and turn your hangers into padded and decorative ones.
- Turn a wire coat hanger and shower curtain into a photographer’s light diffuser.