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12 Clever Uses For Pillowcases You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Got old bedding collecting dust in the linen closet? Put it to work all around the house with these clever new uses for old pillowcases.

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Use a pillowcase to dust ceiling fan bladesPhoto: Shutterstock

1. Use a Pillowcase to 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. Here are more brilliant DIY cleaning products for every room in the house.

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Cover a broom head with a pillowcasePhoto: Shutterstock

2. Use a Pillowcase to 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. Check out more clever cleaning shortcuts that will save you time and effort.

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Use pillowcases on family road tripsPhoto: Shutterstock

3. Prepare Travel Pillows

Family road trips can be a lot of fun, but they can also get a little grimy too. Your youngsters may want to bring their own pillows along for the ride, but after several days in the car, they’re likely to get dirty with candy, food and markers. Take their favourite pillows and layer several pillowcases on each. When the outside one gets dirty, remove it for a fresh start! Psst—these road trip gadgets will also help keep your kids entertained for hours.

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Turn a pillowcase into napkinsPhoto: Shutterstock

4. Turn a Pillowcase into Napkins


Who needs formal linen napkins that need to be pressed every time you use them? Pillowcases are available in a wide array of colours and designs. Pick a colour or design you like, and start cutting. Prevent fraying by sewing a hem on each side, or simply finish with iron-on hemming tape. You’ll have a new set of colourful napkins for a fraction of the cost of regular cloth napkins. While you’re spiffing up your dining table, here are 13 weird tricks to clean silver that actually work.

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Use a pillowcase to keep matching bedding togetherPhoto: Shutterstock

5. Use a Pillowcase to Keep Matching Bedding 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. Here are more smart storage ideas from professional organizers.

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6. Use a Pillowcase to Wrap a Present


Trying to wrap a basketball or an odd-shaped piece of art? Is your wrapping paper not doing the trick? Place the gift in a pillowcase and tie closed with a ribbon. Here are more tips to take the hassle out of gift wrapping.

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Use pillowcases to store sweatersPhoto: Shutterstock

7. Use a Pillowcase to Store Your Sweaters

Stored in plastic, winter sweaters can get musty. But stored 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. These tips will also come in handy the next time you swap out your seasonal wardrobe.

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Use old pillowcases as garment bagsPhoto: Shutterstock

8. Use Old Pillowcases as Garment Bags

You’ve just laundered a favourite 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. Psst—you can also use this trick when you’re packing for a vacation. Here are 50 more brilliant packing hacks to memorize before your next trip.

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Use pillowcases as dust bags for leatherPhoto: Shutterstock

9. Use Pillowcases as Dust Bags

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. Here are more housekeeping hacks from professional cleaners.

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Use pillowcases to wash delicatesPhoto: Shutterstock

10. Wash Your Delicates in a Pillowcase

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. Here are more laundry tips you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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Uses for pillowcases: Travel laundry bagPhoto: Shutterstock

11. Use a Pillowcase as a Laundry Bag While Travelling

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. Here are 20 more tips that will come in handy when you’re packing for a cruise.

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Wash Stuffed Animals inside a pillowcasePhoto: Shutterstock

12. Machine-Wash Stuffed Animals in Pillowcases

Your child’s favourite stuffed animal is cute, but mighty dusty. Time for a bath! Place it in a pillowcase and put it in the washer. The pillowcase will ensure it gets a gentle but thorough wash. If any parts fall off the stuffed animal, it’ll be caught in the pillowcase so you can reattach them after the washing machine bath. Here are 15 more things you didn’t know you could put in the washing machine.

Originally Published in Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things