11 Creative Cleaning Uses for Pillowcases | Reader's Digest

11 Creative Cleaning Uses for Pillowcases

Don't toss out that old pillowcase -- use it for one of these 11 tasks!

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Dust ceiling fan blades

Have you ever seen dust bunnies careening off your ceiling fan when you turn it on for the first time in weeks? Grab an old pillowcase and place it over one of the ceiling fan blades. Slowly pull off the pillowcase. The blades get dusted and the dust bunnies stay in the pillowcase, instead of parachuting to the floor.

Clear out cobwebs

There’s a cobweb way up high in the corner of your dining room. Before you take a broom to it, cover the broom with an old pillowcase. Now you can wipe away the cobweb without scratching the wall paint. It’s also easier to remove the cobweb from the pillow than to pull it out of the broom bristles.

Cover a baby’s changing table

Have you priced those expensive changing-table covers lately? Forget about it! Pick up a few of the cheapest white pillowcases you can find and use those to cover the changing table pad. When one is soiled, just slip it off and replace with a clean one.

Prepare travel pillows

Road trips can be a lot of fun, but a little dirty too. Your kids may want to bring their own pillows along, but they’ll stain them with candy, food, and markers. Take their favorite pillows and layer several pillowcases on each. When the outside one gets dirty, remove it for a fresh start.

Store your sweaters

Stored in plastic, winter sweaters can get musty. But stored just in a closet, they’re prey to moths. The solution can be found among your linens. Put the sweaters in a pillowcase for seasonal storage. They will stay free from dust but the pillowcase fabric will allow them to breathe.

Protect clothing hanging in a closet

You’ve just laundered a favorite dress shirt or skirt and you know you won’t be wearing it again for a while. To protect the garment, cut a hole in the top of an old pillowcase and slip it over the hanger and clothing.

Stash your leather accessories

You reach up to pull a leather purse or suede shoes down from a shelf. Of course, the item is dusty and now you have to clean it. Save yourself the time and hassle next time by storing infrequently used items in a pillowcase. They’ll be clean and ready to use when the occasion arises.

Keep matching sheets together

Solve this host nightmare. Your recently arrived overnight guests want to go to bed, but it’s not made. You run to the linen closet, but you can’t find a matched set of sheets. Next time, file away your linens. Place newly laundered and folded sheets in their matching pillowcase before putting them in the closet.

Machine-wash your delicates

Sweaters and pantyhose can get pulled out of shape when they twist around in the washer. To protect these garments during washing, toss them into a pillowcase and close with string or rubber band. Set the machine on the delicate setting, add the soap, and worry not about knots.

Machine-wash stuffed animals

Your child’s plush friends are cute but mighty dusty. Time for a bath. Place them in a pillowcase and put them in the washer. The pillowcase will ensure they get a gentle but thorough wash. If any parts fall off the stuffed animals, they’ll be caught in the pillowcase so you can reattach them after their washing machine bath.

Use as a traveling laundry bag

When you travel, you always want to keep your dirty laundry separate from your clean clothes. Stick a pillowcase in your suitcase and toss in the dirty laundry as it accumulates. When you get home, just empty the pillowcase into the washer and throw in the pillowcase as well.