What do you do with your worn out clothes?

@srganesh (6349)
India
June 13, 2010 1:42am CST
They may not be damaged. Just you have used it for a long time, lose its color, become smaller, etc... Well, how do you dispose them? Give it to any charity trust, give it to any relatives, give it to beggars or just throw it in the dust bin? Is there any way of recycling them?
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@zralte (4186)
• India
13 Jun 10
I go through my closet once a year at least and anything that has not been worn in a long time, I put them aside. I usually sort them in piles. One for the good ones that I can hand down to relatives or may be take it to charity shop, one for not good but will be use-able as cleaning cloth or wiping cloth, one for refitting. If they are still wear-able, I have a good tailor who can fit it for my children or may be for some one else. And some of them I just give it to relatives. Those that are not wearable anymore, I use them for wiping clothes. And well, there are some that I have just kept for sentimental reasons, even though I know for sure that I will never be able to wear them again. I still keep the top that I wore on my first date with my husband; along with the skirt that he bought me on our first visit to London.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
yes, you are right. Not all clothes should be disposed like anything. We can retain something for their sentimental values and some can be altered for our kids.The rest can be donated or used for cleaning purposes. It is lucky for you to have a tailor to remodel your clothes. Here, in our town, it is hard to find tailors for repairing.
@zralte (4186)
• India
13 Jun 10
Good tailors are treasure. I always have something or the other that needs altering. Because of my body structure (I am on the short side), I always have to shorten the trouser or shorten the sleeve if I buy long sleeves. A not so good tailor always destroy it. I am indeed lucky to have found her.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
14 Jun 10
Again, I like to say you are lucky o have a tailor like that. In our little town, it is very rare to find tailors who are ready to repair old clothes. Even if you find one, they are not skilled and are beginners. So, it is likely to get your clothes damaged more.
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
I am a member of a ministry in our church, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The whole parish council use to have outreach program the needy ones especially the oldies in the home for the aged. Once in a while, we sort out our clothes and separate those we are still using and not. Then we take it to our church's storage room and once we have enough, then we will distribute it thru our outreach program.
@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
Then, it is quite easy for you to recycle your worn out clothes through your outreach program. By the way, while sorting out those clothes, will you see to it whether they need any repairing? if so, you manage it before giving out or just donate them as such?
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Yeah, we do repair some that has problems but are not so much noticeable. But if the damage is too much then we have to cut it to pieces and at least it can serve as 'kitchen aid' before throwing it out in the bin when it becomes dirty and too hard to handle.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
14 Jun 10
That is nice that you take care to inspect them before donating. Only then the receivers will not shrink their face to see an useless clothe for them. And that is not a bad idea to use damaged clothes as kitchen clothes and they may be even used for floor cleaning and dust cleaning too.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
I usually just donate them to charity. Sometimes I just give them to anyone who wants them. Or I just keep it in a box. I got lots of old clothes in a box. I'm thinking of donating them but I can't find a place to donate to.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
Oh! You have a box full of old clothes and you don't know where and how to dispose them. Then, I hope this discussion will be quite useful to you. Inquire in the neighborhood about any charity people and they may be very pleased to receive your clothes.
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
yes, srganesh is right, there are a lot of charitable institutions that will surely accept what you have to offer. These things are what they are waiting for.
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
rags..
@srganesh (6349)
• India
14 Jun 10
fine!
• India
13 Jun 10
hi i just dont throw my old clothes i give them to beggers n needy people always , my principle of life is to only help others v all can do atleast as a human being i will request all readers do the same thng plzz dont throw thm away do this small thngs in your life Blessings will b showered on you thn juss c the miracle...^_^
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
14 Jun 10
Yes! Instead of throwing out our worn out clothes, we all should find ways to dispose them in a reasonable way, giving out to the needy. that could be the easiest charity we can do in our life. And people who receive them will be thankful, I bet. But I don't expect a miracle for that.
@maximax8 (27049)
13 Jun 10
I usually give old clothing that I don't wish to keep to one of my local charity shops. I like to support charities like those that help animals and children. There are clothing bins in my local area and the clothing in those go to very poor countries. I think that is a great idea so I put clothing in there sometimes. My sister gives me girls clothing for my baby daughter. I find that very helpful because baby's clothing like dresses can be quite expensive new. Although my baby girl is aged 11 months old for some time she has been wearing clothing for aged 12 to 18 months. She is almost too large for them and will need to go into clothes for aged 18 months to 24 months. My nephews are so much older than my toddler son that I don't think my sister is saving their old clothes for me. I am happy to buy all his clothes new. He is disabled and it was lovely to buy aged 3 years to 5 years pop up underneath vests. They will last for two years then I can pass them on to my daughter maybe. I guess she will be wearing normal clothing not clothing for special needs children. My toddler son is disabled.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
Well, that is a wonderful idea of having bins for this purpose and sending them to poor countries. And it is always good for babies to use used clothes as they will be smooth top their skin, unlike new and stiff clothes. It is lucky to have close relations like that to exchange clothes for kids. it is very sad to learn that your toddler son is disabled. take care.
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
They become my rug and some are just burn or throw away. Some are just made into project like rug making then just collected to be used later on.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
Why should you burn away some of the clothes? Are they ugly and awkward to that extent? Why should you keep it to that level? You might dispose them earlier. About the making of rugs, well, I remember one thing. We used to stitch some bags out of the pants and one day, we find there were more bags than to use and stopped making further. Likewise, do you have more rugs?
@xeroeight (1061)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Well my mom make a rag from our worn out clothes so it can be useful once more and those old clothes that can still be wear we give it to our relatives in our provinces. But sometimes I really like to wear old clothes its kinda more comfortable unlike the new one. I think I still have 3 or 4 old clothes, clothes that really worn out I use it when I sleep like a pajama.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
Worn out clothes as pajamas! That is really another use , you find for your worn out clothes. Yes,they can be used to wear it at home as casual wears. They are really smooth due to aging.But take care while you wash them. And using them to make rugs is also a new idea.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
13 Jun 10
I give them to charity, around once or twice a year after I organize my closet.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
That is a good choice. But do you give out by searching for the needy people or donate it to some trust people who manage some homes? Will you just give out the clothes or donate some money too, if they insist on you by that time? Did your family members encourage such charity?
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
giving them to charitable institutions is the usually the first thing i do but some members of my family just love the feel and look of old clothes. the really ratty ones, i turn them into dishrags or toys for the dog. old jeans however, i like turning into purses, i just cut the pockets out then jazz them up a bit then sew on a strap.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
Oh! You reuse them wisely. We too, In our house, reuse some of the dress materials as pillow covers or screens to the windows. And some hard clothes can be used for the kitchen use too. I am more worried about the shirts which I don't have mind to use it like a mob for cleaning the floor.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
13 Jun 10
I usually go through my closest two or three times a year. If there are things that are worn or I know I won't be wearing again I usually give it to a charity. We have a couple of charities that ride around picking up clothes and other things for the poor. Clothes that may end up with hole or stains I will reuse as dust cloth or just throw the item away depending on the material of the clothes.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
13 Jun 10
That is nce to know that there are charities that ride around to pick up old clothes.We, in our town have no set up like that and I find it hard to dispose it decently. The only way I know is to give it to the servants so that they may use it or give it to the suitable ones.
@cwatkins (15)
14 Jun 10
Well like the old saying goes, "another mans trash is another mans treasure". I try not to throw away any of my old clothes, but rather take them to the goodwell. Or bring them to my godbrother's job where they have young kids that need a decent pair of shoes of clothes. I would rather bring them to someone who needs them, than to just throw them out with the trash.
@vanity666 (260)
• Spain
13 Jun 10
i use them to clean the dust, or cleaning windows, and give them to my cat to play
• United States
13 Jun 10
If it's comfortable clothing then I just use it as sleepwear or wear it around the house. If it's something fancy like dressy clothes for weddings and festivals then I might ask some of my younger cousins if they want it. Finally if there are no takers then I would take the clothes to a charity.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
13 Jun 10
I do not like to see anything usable go to waste!! The old clothes that I no longer want that are in good condition usually go to a resell shop so I can make a few dollars from them. For those that arent in perfect condition I either find s neighbor or other person who needs them and give them to them or an agency such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. I know there are always peple out there who could use clothing,so I like t orecycle it as much as possible!!
• United States
13 Jun 10
I just had this problem. My jeans were getting holes where there shouldn't be. Even thought I have lost weight and these jeans were a little too large I Still love wearing them. But it was time not to wear them out . So I washed them and then i made them into shorts I'll wear them around the house. I Usually wear my clothes until they are so worn out that they aren't good enough to donate.but I have bought T-shirts that I never got to wear and I have given them to my sister or I donated them.
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
13 Jun 10
I would consider it giving to charity trusts..had already send my clothes..when there was flood & drought in the north India ... what will you prefer to do with it?? thanks for starting the discussion.. have a great day/night..
@karen1969 (1788)
13 Jun 10
Well, if the clothes are damaged, I throw them away. If I just don't want them anymore (out of fashion, too big, too small, etc.), then I give them to the local charity shop to sell and raise money for local charities. Or I will give them away on Freecycle, which is an organisation you can give and receive unwanted items with others in your area. I do try to recycle everything as much as I can. Some supermarkets have big recycling bins for unwanted clothes too.
@oldchem1 (8145)
13 Jun 10
Any clothes that are still wearable I give to a charity shop but the ones that are past redemption I cut up to use for dusters and clothes for cleaning the barbecue, car etc
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
I usually give them to beggars that way it can still be used.