Is it time to reinforce your corset with an old hanger?

The other week I shared a post about recycling plastic hangers in Gloucestershire.

Which is all well and good if you live in the county, but what if you live further afield?

Thankfully our creative community came up with lots of ways to put old plastic hangers to good (re)use:

What goes ’round, comes ’round

Suzanne wrote “Ours go around and around as we send my partner’s work shirts and a few other bits out to be washed & ironed, they come back on hangers, we give a bag load of hangers back every so often. Maybe find a local ironing service or charity shops and see if they need any regularly?”


Lyn suggested three ideas “Charity shops, deffo! Various craft projects if they are the wire ones, which could also be adapted for garden frames for leggy perennials, I guess. What about a B&b?”

Local schools

Aly said “I used to give excess to my kid’s play group when they were younger, to hang dress up clothes.” Karen agreed and wrote “My local primary school were pleased to get some for their dressing up clothes and school production clothes.”

Give them away

Zoe suggested Freegle. And Tom had a similar idea, he said “I’ve got rid of a load of hangers on twice on my local Freecycle, loads of people interested.” Joining in with the Freecycle, idea Jannet shared a tip to get a good response: “I got rid of 2 big bags of coathangers on Freecycle a while ago without any difficulty. One thing I’ve noticed about Freecycle is its always a good idea to re-post items that don’t get any takers a few weeks later as often the response is very different..I once offered 3 wooden walking sticks and didn’t get one reply. About a month later I posted them again and got about 6 replies!” Corrina shared another Freecycle success story – she added “I’ve relieved myself of my hangers via Freecycle. New tenants moving into unfurnished accommodation are often very grateful for a bag of them.”

Smaller charity shops

New Sol Connor then shared “I work in a charity shop. We hate them as we have to use our own specific hangers. If I get a bin bag full I’ll leave them outside for taking but mostly they go into the bin. Always ask first before just dropping them off at a charity shop. And try the really really small out of the way charity shops as they’re more likely to take them.”


Joy said “A couple of the shops in the town where I live leave a box outside and it’s free to take.”Alyssa said “Marks and Spencer offer hanger recycling …at the end of every till they have a box for all the hangers. ” She also suggested donating them to people organising a Swishing event. Corinna agreed, adding “The ladies who organized our local Swishing event couldn’t stop hugging me when I gave them a ton – they were in dire shortage.”

Local churches and women’s shelters

Amanda suggested trying your local church. She said “I have taken them to the local church, they always seem to need them in the coat room or try the local women’s shelter. Women starting over need them so the shelter has high turn around of them.”


Ben found the local charity shop didn’t want his so he suggested “I ended up sticking them in a box at the end of the driveway with a help yourself tag, They all got taken by the end of the day.”


Cori keeps things closer to home, she shared “Each time I declutter my wardrobe, I always find lots of hangers I don’t need. I usually give them to my friends and neighbours who seems to always need hangers” She also shared “I know people who rent rooms to students, so they are always happy to have some hangers.”

Reinforce your corsets

Maritza says “People who like sewing artistical clothing use plastic hangers to make the reinforcement on corsets. Often they are used at the theatre to make artistic creations. Is a good idea to call your local theatre and ask them if they need hangers.”

What about you? What weird and wonderful ways do you have for reusing hangers?

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Rachelle Strauss

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