Do you have an old terrycloth towel that has lost the terry? Do not throw it away yet! You can use it for disposable rags, and save money on paper towels.
Cut the towel into pieces that are just larger than your hand. Use them for rags for very dirty jobs like cleaning the oven or the toilet. When you are finished with the rag, throw it away!
Pieces of an old beach towel!
Do you have a comforter in which the stuffing has moved and it is lumpy? How about a bedspread that is threadbare in places? What can you do with them other than throw them away?
You can use old bedspreads, comforters, and quilts as drop cloths. A drop cloth is some type of material that you place on the floor when you are painting or working with something messy. Drop cloths are usually made of plastic and can tear easily when walked on repeatedly. The old bedclothes do not rip unless the fabric is totally ruined, in that case the bed covering should be thrown away immediately!
We recently treated many boards to be used to create shelves for a library. We placed a plethora of old bedspreads and comforters under each of the boards in order to catch the wood conditioner, stain, and varnish that was accidentally dropped while we worked. After the project was complete, we hung the old bed clothes on the line to air out. After the smell dissipated, we simply folded the large rags and put them back on the shelf to wait for the next project.
By using old bed clothes for drop cloths, you keep the material out of the land fill a little longer. You save money by not having to buy drop cloths. The rag drop cloths should be more durable than what you can buy at the store and last longer. Reusing those large worn out bed coverings saves you money which means you reap greater riches!