Even though you can’t recycle most sheets, not even organic cotton ones, you can upcycle and repurpose them.
Before you toss your old or unused sheets in the garbage, think through some of these ideas for giving them a brand new life.
What can I do with old bed sheets?
17 Uses for Old Bed Sheets
- Fort Building. Keep a stash of old bed sheets in a closet for building forts!
- Garden Protection.
- Auto Emergencies.
- Crafting Tunic/Smock.
- Picnic Blanket or Tablecloth.
- Reusable Shopping Bag.
- Cleaning Rags.
- Bath Mat.
Do animal shelters take old sheets?
Donate old sheets and towels to a local animal shelter. Most shelters will accept old blankets, bath towels, hand towels, sheets, pillows, pillowcases, bathroom rugs and t-shirts. Most shelters are under-served in this area, so any extra help is greatly appreciated.
Where can I donate used bed sheets?
Linens: Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores accept towels, sheets, curtains, and such. To donate well-worn towels, call your local animal shelter. Often they take them to use for pet bedding and/or for cleanup rags. Mattresses: They are the stuff of landfill nightmares.
Can old pillows be recycled?
Clothing and shoes: Recycling old clothing is pretty easy. Pillows are not recyclable, and most secondhand stores won’t accept them for hygienic reasons. However, many animal shelters accept old blankets and pillows to provide bedding for the animals.