6 Ways To Save Money By Re-Using Old Towels

Nobody enjoys having piles and piles of old body towels and hand towels strewn about, making a disgusting mess everywhere. What’s even worse? Once you grab enough of them, they become massive and are an absolute nightmare to store properly. This pain is especially true if you have more than one child, who seem to go throw expensive towels like there’s no tomorrow. (We can’t blame them, they yet don’t understand the concept of money.)Here are several practical ways you can reuse old towels, starting today, with as little fuss as possible.

1. Pillowcases

It takes only a little under an hour (depending on the size of the pillow) to make a pillowcase out of old towels. This is a useful idea for anyone who has towels, mats or cloths that are tattered with holes and torn beyond repair. In order to get the most mileage from this method, you can opt for a “quilt” pattern and cut several towels of different textures, designs, fabric and colours.

2. Pouf

Bathrobes are those type of fashion garments that make us feel on top of the world. Sadly, all good things may come to pass, and we may end up owning them one year too long. Luckily, worn-out robes (or any towel, in fact) can be made into a DIY pouf. Now, doing this project is not for the faint of heart, and admittedly requires a lot more work than other projects we’ll talk about.

3. Crochet Rug

By far, I can think of no better way for repurposing old fabric than making them into a new, funky rug. The best part? You can add massive, dramatic difference by including as similar-fabric materials as possible. If you have enough lush, cotton pillows, you can gather up any old cotton slippers and make the rug’s design “pop.”

4. Cleaning Rags

Whether you have bath gowns, old pillow cases, old blankets – anything can be made into a cleaning rag for regular, everyday household chores. It takes only seconds to cut them up into the dimensions necessary for whichever cleaning project you need. You will save some serious money as opposed to buying a bag of terrycloth shop rags for $5.00-8.00 each month.

5. Picnic Blanket

Don’t think big towels can be sewn into a 8’-5’ blanket that can be used on picnics? Think again. All you need is 5-7 towels that you no longer use and a sewing machine! For added comfort, you can even use old bath gowns that you no longer use. It can be used anytime you and the family want to venture outside, for a relaxing lie-down on the grass.

6. Baby Wipes

This works especially well with floor-length robes and floor-length towels. Instead of spending money on expensive baby wipes, cut any towel or robe into small squares to give yourself an alternative, inexpensive solution. All you have to do, when it’s time to use them, is to soak them in a small bowl of warm water, wring out the excess moisture, and use them as you normally would with any other wipes.


Once you’ve repurposed your old towels, there is almost no limit to the amount of things you can use them for. Other ideas include crafting them into slippers or moccasins, stitching and sewing towels into a beach-ready cardigan, or even making your very own beach towel dress. Remember: at the end of the day, these projects all allow you to use up your old, unused towels so you can buy brand-spanking new ones.