How to Recycle Old Gloves

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Recycling is a great way to go green, but it's so much more than that. It's a way to save money, teach your kids how to have fun with less and enhance your natural creative juices. Using old gloves in new and different ways is also a way to look like the frugal and inventive hero in the house.

  • Cut old rubber gloves into useful household and office items. Cutting up the fingers of the glove will yield some rubber bands. You can cut the sleeve part of the glove to make larger bands. Cut some thin and others thicker for even stronger bands. If you cut some strips out of the palm or back of the glove, you can use these as ties for the garden or anywhere else.

  • Keep several of the glove fingers from rubber gloves in your medicine cabinet. When you have a messy job to do with a bandage on your finger, slip one of the fingers over the cut and tape it in place. Now you can get it wet or dirty without aggravating the cut you already have.

  • Slip cut off rubber glove fingers over the handles of your mops and brooms to stop them from sliding down the walls. If you cut the tip off, you can slide them down further and use them as grips for your wooden or plastic handled mops, dust mops and brooms.

  • Cut circles from the wrist of a rubber glove and slip one end of the circle through the handle of small tools such as hand shovels or kitchen utensils such as potato mashers. Pull one end of the circle through the other until its good and tight. Now you have a nice handy band which you can use to hang these tools and utensils up for easy access.

  • Snip off strips or circles from rubber gloves to use on the bottom of planters and vases so that they won't slide around. They will make great nonskid pads for any knickknacks you have as well. This really helps to keep things from being broken so easily.

  • Keep things moist with old gloves. Replace lost lids on small to medium sized cans with a piece of the rubber glove. Cut it so that it fits around the top of the can and hangs over enough to secure it with a rubber band. This material will keep air out well, and your putty, spackling compound or other moist contents won't dry out.

  • Use rubber glove material as patches. If you get a tear in something that's waterproof, like a child's raincoat or a pair of rubber boots, you can sometimes patch them with rubber gloves. Hold the fabric together and super glue the rubber glove patch to the back of the fabric so it won't show. This won't work on holes, but works great for cuts that can be held together. It can work on holes, but it will show.

  • Make children's finger puppets. Stuff the end of the finger with a cotton ball or anything that is oval or round. Tie the glove just under the item inside to make a face. Decorate these with magic marker, glue on yarn or string for hair, and tiny beads for eyes. You can cut each finger off to make separate puppets, or make five on one glove and wear the whole glove at once. For lots of neat, free patterns of things you can make out of old gloves, check out the website listed below.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store soap and other small items for camping tied in your gloves so they don't get lost or get anything else wet.
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