Knickers!

@p1kef1sh (45642)
October 1, 2009 10:34am CST
This is slightly indelicate. But what do you do with your smalls when they have finished their useful life. My mother used to cut my Dad's underpants up and use them for dusters. I'm not so hard up that I feel the need personally. I don't think that the local clothes bank would want them, and just throwing them out seems wasteful. I have been told that you can compost them, but presumably they have to be ripped into tiny pieces first. So just what do we do with them?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Oct 09
OH I do so hate to get wordy here: trash...
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
Can!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Oct 09
Can NOT! What were we talking about?
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
Knickers
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Early on in our marriage I used my husband's old underwear as dust cloths. He did not like that though, he said he felt uncomfortable about that, although I don't know why I didn't used them in front of anyone or anything like that. But because it made him uncomfortable I stopped doing it. We usually wear them until they are pretty worn, then I just throw them away. I can't really think of anything else that would be good to use them for.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
I kind of understand what he means. I'm not sure that I would want mine being used as dusters. As I do the dusting there's no chance of that happening though!
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@dragon54u (31604)
• United States
1 Oct 09
When my panties are all done in and worn beyond use, I use them to stuff dog toys. Since they're silk or nylon they're no good for dusting but they make great stuffing. Sounds odd, I know, but it's so much better than throwing them out. I have to make Gus' toys myself since he loves to play tug and he is so strong that he tears up most commercial toys very quickly.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
Silk! You're inflaming me now. LOL. That seems a good way to dispose if them in dogs' toys.
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@tcup345 (360)
• United States
2 Oct 09
What a great idea! That is until your dog tears the toy open, hopefully not while company is there. I'd consider cutting them into strips and crocheting with them, that would only work with men's underwear though, not enough material in women's underguchies. Really though, if they are bad enough to not wear anymore, I'd just throw them away. My husband's T shirts are better for dusting and cleaning around the house, although, I'm cutting them into strips to crochet with. My mind is always on crochet.
@olepmis (843)
• Philippines
1 Oct 09
My old clothes were given to the poor in our community or I donated them to the victims of fire and typhoons. If not, I make some of them as rags and then burned them in our backyad or burried them.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
Donating is good, but I wouldn't want to donate my underwear really. But a good idea.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 09
Hi ya p1kef1sh It does seem wasteful to just throw them away but that is what I do I am afraid to say. I wasn't aware that you could compost them. I will look into that, but I am sure they would take a long time to do their thing if you know what I mean. I guess if you can do it with undergarments then it can be done with all sorts of clothing. Let me know if you find anything out for definate!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
I know for certain that natural fibres will compost Humbug. But I think that you have to cut them up small and mix them with other stuff rater than throwing them in whole. You should also take them off first! Now won't that be a sight for all the old boys down at the allotment! LOL.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 09
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@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Oct 09
hi pikey yes my mom also did that, and well do I remember she even washed the darn things. As for me I do what my'husbnad used to call file 13. dump them into the garbage. Now here I have to laugh as I had some old worn out panties, and tossed them in my trash can. The care giver who was cleaning my room came over to me here at my computer, holding up the worn out undies and asked me " are you sure you want to throw these away?" I nodded my head and almost said, well if you want them, take them, but I did not being that I am pretty darned plump and she may have weighed at the most about 100 lbs,and I will not say soaking wet either, and they would have fallen off of her.So she did take them away, looking puzzled all the way out the door. What on earth did she expect me to do with them, use them for dust rags he he he
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@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Oct 09
error alert, error alert, should have been my husband excuse my dyslexic fingers.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
LOL. May be the care assistant hadn't ever come across someone that wears out her panties Hatley. But why shouldn't you wear out your. Just the same as other folk. Show that you've still got your marbles - they probably don't know how to handle that! LOL.
@livewyre (2455)
2 Oct 09
Whilst some may be able to use their discarded underwear as parachutes or to shelter medium-sized Bedouin tribes, I do something akin to your parents in that I use them to polish shoes (I have a lot of shoes!). I concur that the local clothes bank probably do not want cast off underwear especially if you are not in the habit of washing your cast offs before dropping them off!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
4 Oct 09
I always wash them first but the thought has quite put me off my roast beef! LOL.
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@suzzy3 (8365)
2 Oct 09
I use all cotton underwear for cleaning windows and dusting or I send them to the charity shop they cry out for underwear,so many people have nothing ,I was surprised at first.It has nothing to do with being hard up it is a case of not wasting a thing..I only send off my sons boxers to the charity shop as he grows out of them so quick there is nothing wrong with them and if they will do some other young lad a turn.I don't really think we haves really understand what it is like to have nothing.Can you really imagine what it must be like for a homeless youngster to not even have descent underwear it breaks my heart.Send them to the homeless shelter for heavens sake beleave me someone will think it is christmas.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
4 Oct 09
As my underwear is mostly indecent by the time they come to the end of their effective life I doubt that even those with nothing would seriously want them. I daren't expect some nice lady to sort them in the charity shop either. I have occasionally seen bras on sale in Oxfam stores etc. I don't know if anyone ever buys them though. I know that I don't! LOL. And before you ask may I suggest that you peruse the photos on my Profile page. Yes that's me in a bra! LOL.
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• Philippines
2 Oct 09
oh... we use them as rags... hehe...
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
Funnily enough I just did use one pair as a rag. But then I threw it away.
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@weasel81 (2502)
• Australia
2 Oct 09
yes i remember when my mum would and still does keep my dads jocks as a duster or more dad gets them for rags, i think they work out to be a better size for using to wipe greasy hands on. as for me i bin mine, they are usually worn out by the time i get rid of them. and i'm not keen on giving them away.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
Underwear is by its nature very intimate Weasel. I'm with you.
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
2 Oct 09
This is just way too much to think about....so I won't. I just toss them.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
Me too Sid.
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@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Old clothes i give to my needy neighbors but my undies i just throw them away.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
That's what we do too Sweetie. I have three sacks of clothes to go to the clothing bank!
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• China
2 Oct 09
I don't know, it is my mother's bussiness, as for me, i'd like keep them till there is no place, lol
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
Perhaps you could ask her? Maybe not. LOL.
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Haha here in our house we actually do the same as your mother's. Most of our rags and dusters are old undies. It's quite funny especially when we've got visitors and friends coming over. But that's okay! Better than to throw them out and add to trash, I guess.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
I don't use tham that way and do throw them away I am afraid. But all power to you.
@jujuby (62)
• India
2 Oct 09
I think with it was always made useful!You can cut the bottom of the knickers stich one end embroidering it you can use it as an letter bag or cloth bag in your living room or kitchen.upper part you can wear as 3/4th trousers,isn't a good idea rather throwing it away.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
Those sound like huge knickers to me. You are very practical I wish that I was so skilled.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
2 Oct 09
I'm afraid I just put ours in the bin. I don't want to use them for cleaning or dusting, thanks! My son was horrified to find his boss's wife's knickers in the cleaning cloth bin when he first started work and had to do maintenance on the machinery - he came home quite aghast. I wash them first - then bin them. End of.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
I think that I might have been aghast too. I just used a pair to dust down the stairs on their way to the bin. But that's about the limit of it.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Hello my friend This is funny because I threw out a pair this morning (are you watching me) lol, once they lose shape and serve no real purpose I toss them without a second thought, never thought about cutting them up, anh I will continue to throw them away this does not happen often, but when I feel the need throwing them out is the first thing that comes to mind. When I read this I laughed, too funny my friend. Thank you.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Oct 09
I wasn't watching you.......but I might be now! LOL.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
1 Oct 09
Pretty basic here Pikefish, in the bin with them. But I do save my sons white tshirts for tacking mouxla with (mould to you) and for passing out to men who come round to unblock the outside drains to wipe their hands on, for some reason they expect me to give them a tea towel. I keep trying to convince them to use the outside tap instead but an old rag they want an old rag they'll get.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Oct 09
I expect workmen to wipe their hands on their own T shirts! I'm usually wearing mine and there's no way they are getting their hands on my knickers - even if I was that way inclined!
@littleowl (7157)
7 Oct 09
you make me roll up p1ke...I normally just throw my smalls when they have so called 'had it'...but gues you could sew them up and use them as a peg holder or something like that..but am not that desperate to do that or use them as dusters!...hugs LoLo
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• India
6 Oct 09
Hmmm... why not wait till there are such huge holes in them so that you can drive a fist through one? Or in other words, why not wait till there is no underwear left, only a bunch of holes? You won't mind tossing them into the trash can then. And, of course, you won't have to rip them up into tiny pieces if you want to make compost out of them. Alright... alright.. I will try and talk sense...LOL!! I really dunno Pikey. I just toss them into the trash can. I hate old underwear. Cheers and happy Mylotting
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