Today is Nylon Stocking Day. Many may not remember ever hearing the term “nylon stockings.” Varying in color, design, and transparency, a nylon stocking (also known as hose) is a close-fitting, variously elastic garment worn the same as socks or tights. Stockings worn before the 1890s were made of woven cloth such as cotton, linen, wool or silk. Before the 1920s, women’s stockings were worn for warmth. As hemlines of women’s dresses rose in the 1920s, women began to wear stockings over their exposed legs. These 1920s stockings were sheer, made first of silk or rayon, followed by nylon after 1940.
Here are different uses for nylons:
Locate small objects on the floor by covering your vacuum nozzle with some hose. The object will respond to the suction, but won’t get swallowed up by the belly of the Dyson beast.
Keep posters or wrapping paper rolled up by inserting them in a leg that’s been cut off.
Fill with a desiccant or cat box litter, and prevent musty smells or mildew from overtaking your luggage or other moist spots.
Instead of a cleaning or chamois cloth, reach for stockings to polish and buff your shoes.
Use as replacement stuffing for toys and pillows.
Stuff with mothballs and hang in the closet.
Instead of sponge, wad up some nylons and go to town on your cookware with some soap and water. It’s textured enough to work well for cleaning, but won’t hurt non-stick surfaces.
Instead of a paintbrush, use a section of nylon when applying stain or varnish in the nooks and crannies of wood projects.
Stuff one leg and use it as a draft snake under the door.
Cut off the waistband and use it to secure trash bags to the bin.
You can also use the waistband to tie together bulky items that are too big for regular size rubber bands, like rolled up newspapers and magazine.
Make a cat toy with a little catnip knotted in the foot.
Use as an impromptu strainer for paint or food.
Pour potpourri inside a cut section, knot it on both sides, wet it, and throw it in the dryer for nice smelling laundry.