What To Do With Hangers: Easy Tips, Hacks, and Tricks with Video

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Do you wonder what to do with hangers? Here are several creative ways to use extra hangers in your home.

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Do you wonder what to do with hangers? Here are several creative ways to use extra hangers in your home.

No wire hangers!!!!  Can you still hear that line from “Mommy Dearest“? I can and I cannot look at old wire hangers the same way anymore after seeing that movie as a kid. We don’t use wire hangers in our closets anymore (okay my husband still does – lol), but if you go to the dry cleaners you may still accumulate wire clothes hangers. I have saved some metal hangers and was looking for a good way to use them. I found 9 ways to use metal clothes hangers in and around your home. If you don’t have any wire clothing hangers but still want to try these craft projects you can check at thrift stores, clothing stores, your local dry cleaner, or charity shops for excess hangers.

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What To Do With Old Hangers

1. Clean out Nozzles

This is the easiest way to open a clogged nozzle. Straighten the hook part of a hanger. This is a great way to clear out silicone, chalk, and other glue bottles.

2. Re-string A Drawstring

Straighten out a hanger and make a small hook on the end. Attach the string that needs to go through to the hook via tape, safety pin, etc, and push the wire through the clothes. Once you have the string through, you can pull the hanger out.

3. Unclog A Drain

Using the unwound hanger with the hook on the end (like the drawstring), push the hook side down into the drain, and carefully pull it back up. You’ll pull up hair and all kinds of gunk that might be causing a clogged drain.

4. Make A Reading Material Rack

Bend your hanger in this shape…

Place a command hook or other hook of your choice on the wall and use this as a magazine holder. You can also use old wire coat hangers as bookholders.

Don't want to bend a wire hanger, no problem.  You can use a command hook and plastic hanger.  Place a command hook on your bathroom wall and put a hangar on the command hook. Now you can use it to hold a magazine.

Don’t want to bend a wire hanger, no problem. You can use a command hook and plastic hanger. Place a command hook on your bathroom wall and put a hangar on the command hook. Now you can use it to hold a magazine.

5. Towel Rack

Bend a hanger in this shape…

Hang up your hanger and place a towel on it. This is great in a laundry room or garage.

6. Outdoor Hanging Plant Holder

Bend your hanger into this shape…

Place your flower pot inside the circle and hang it up outside. You can also use unwanted hangers to secure a bucket for storing gardening supplies.

7. Hang Up Shoes

Bend your hanger in this shape to serve as an extra shoe rack in your closet so you free up additional space for other things. This is also the perfect solution for hanging flip flops outside to dry after washing them.

8. Hanging Trashcan

Bend 2 metal coat hangers into 90-degree angles and curve up the end facing you. Set into this position…

Loop a plastic bag around them and hang it up outside. With very little effort you have a portable trashcan.

9. Make A Wreath

Bend your hanger into this shape …

I have made many wreaths with this wire form. For this one, I clipped clothespins onto the hanger, placed a mirror in the center, and tied that into place with a fishing line.

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 If you want to keep your cords organized use a skirt hanger or pant hanger. Simply wind the cord around the pants hanger and clip it into place. Now you can keep them organized.

10. Store your cords

If you want to keep your cords organized use a skirt hanger or pant hanger. Simply wind the cord around the pants hanger and clip it into place. Now you can keep them organized.

11. Keep Clothes on a Hanger

This next hack works with any hanger. Just grab some rubber bands and put them on either end of your hanger. This will keep your shirts and tank tops from sliding off. If you are hanging your pants on a hanger you can end up with a crease, but I have a solution.

Grab a hanger that's meant for pants and skirts. Use an old business card and fold it in half, place that around the pants, and clip it into place. This will prevent your pants from getting marks on them.

12. Keep clothes and pants from getting Creases

Grab a hanger that’s meant for pants and skirts. Use an old business card and fold it in half, place that around the pants, and clip it into place. This will prevent your pants from getting marks on them.

Wire hangers can be the worst for leaving creases and indents in your clothes. Take some clothespins and place them onto the wire hanger and then use those to clip your pants into place.

Wire hangers can be the worst for leaving creases and indents in your clothes. Take some clothespins and place them onto the wire hanger and then use those to clip your pants into place.

For this next hack, I'm using two toilet paper rolls but you could use a paper towel roll or a pool noodle as well. I'm removing all the paper and cutting a line down the center of each. I am taping them together to make one long roll and I will slip this onto the hanger. When I hang my pants over the top it will prevent the pants from creasing.

For this next hack, I’m using two toilet paper rolls but you could use a paper towel roll or a pool noodle as well. I’m removing all the paper and cutting a line down the center of each. I am taping them together to make one long roll and I will slip this onto the hanger.

For this next hack, I'm using two toilet paper rolls but you could use a paper towel roll or a pool noodle as well. I'm removing all the paper and cutting a line down the center of each. I am taping them together to make one long roll and I will slip this onto the hanger. When I hang my pants over the top it will prevent the pants from creasing.

When I hang my pants over the top it will prevent the pants from creasing.

12. Store clothes vertically to save space

12. Store clothes vertically to save space

If you need more space in your closet a chain is all you’re going to need. This works on all types of hangers. Take your first item of clothing and place the chain over the top of that. Next, you’ll move a couple of links down then hook on the next piece of clothing, and then another couple of links, and then another piece, and so on until you have a stack of clothing ready to go. This is a huge space saver in your closet. It allows you easy access to your clothes and it also hangs flat.

Here are a bunch of ideas using just plastic clothes hangers and some shower curtain rings. You can also use an old wooden hanger if you have one handy. Open the shower curtain rings and place them on the bottom of the hangers. You can use as many or as few as you like.

13. Add Shower Curtain Rings to hang Accessories and hats

Here are a bunch of ideas using just plastic clothes hangers and some shower curtain rings. You can also use an old wooden hanger if you have one handy. Open the shower curtain rings and place them on the bottom of the hangers. You can use as many or as few as you like.

Clip your jewelry into place on the shower curtain rings. These will hang nicely in your closet and won't get tangled.

Clip your jewelry into place on the shower curtain rings. These will hang nicely in your closet and won’t get tangled.

You can also use the same concept to store your scarves, simply thread them through and let them hang. This works well for decorative and winter scarves this also works great for belts. Just simply clip them onto the shower curtain rings.

You can also use the same concept to store your scarves, simply thread them through and let them hang. This works well for decorative and winter scarves this also works great for belts. Just simply clip them onto the shower curtain rings.

This is my collection of hats and all I've done is utilize this back loop to hang them on the shower curtain rings. All of my hats hang nicely in my closet.

This is my collection of hats and all I’ve done is utilize this back loop to hang them on the shower curtain rings. All of my hats hang nicely in my closet.

14. Hang a sweater properly

It’s not a good idea to hang your sweaters on a hanger because they can stretch and you may be left with marks on the shoulders.

Here’s how you can hang a sweater. Simply fold the sweater in half then move it diagonally. Flip one end of the sweater over the hangar and tuck it in and then flip the other side sweater side over and tuck it in.

Now you can hang your sweaters nicely in your closet and keep them in good shape.

Now you can hang your sweaters nicely in your closet and keep them in good shape.

You can use old plastic hangers in your kitchen as well. Place a command hook on your cabinet and then clip your cookbook into place on a pants hanger. Hook this onto your command hook and now you can see your recipes easily without getting them splattered with oil while you're cooking.

13. Keep Cookbooks Clean

You can use old plastic hangers in your kitchen as well. Place a command hook on your cabinet and then clip your cookbook into place on a pants hanger. Hook this onto your command hook and now you can see your recipes easily without getting them splattered with oil while you’re cooking.

14. Make a paper towel holder

Take a plastic hanger and cut the bottom in half. Open up the bottom and slide paper towels onto the hanger, then you can hang the paper towels where you need them. I have hooked this to my workbench and now it’s really easy to grab towels when I need them to clean up a mess or wipe up my counters.

Do you wonder what to do with hangers? Here are 9 creative ways to use extra hangers in your home.
Have extra hangers and do you need to store them?  Where do you put hangers between wear and wash?  I store them in a book or magazine holder.

Have extra hangers and do you need to store them? Where do you put hangers between wear and wash? I store them in a book or magazine holder.

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34 Comments

  1. jodie filogomo says:

    That’s so impressive that a wire hanger can be so versatile!!
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    Jodie
    #senisln

    1. Thank you Jodie, it’s fun to start messing with something and see how many ideas you can come up with.

  2. The wreath and the hanging flower pots are my favorite. Great ideas all!

    1. Thank you so much Mary, I’m thrilled you like them. Those are some of my favorites too πŸ™‚

  3. Lots of great ideas Chas. I have some thin hangers from a dry cleaner that bend easily and are great for doing things like you listed. Thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank Linda, and good for you for always keeping a stash of them around. You never know when inspiration will strike. Seems like wire hangers are actually harder to find anymore.

  4. Going to be using some of these ideas for sure. Found you on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

    1. Thank you so much Candy and I’m excited there’s a few ideas here you can use. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I wish I had thought of that is what I am saying to myself after reading your post. I am pinning these wonderful tricks for wire coat hangers. Happy Easter, Kippi #kippiathome

    1. Thanks Kippi, I was glad I still had some around to mess around with. Thanks for the Pin and stopping by πŸ™‚

  6. I think my favorite is the wreath but some of the others are really neat ideas!

    1. Thank you so very much and thanks for sharing your favorite. I love that one too.

  7. What cool ideas, thanks for sharing! Visiting from the Simple Homestead Blog Hop.

    1. Thank you so much Kristi and thanks for stopping by.

  8. I love the idea of using a hanger to make a holder for outdoor flower pots. I may need to make one of those this spring!

    1. Thank you so much and I really liked creating that one too. Love that you want to make one πŸ™‚

  9. Really awesome ideas on how to reuse these boring wire hangers. Thanks for sharing them with us at #OMGHWW,

    1. Thank you so much Alice, and I love to take something I’m not using and make it useful again πŸ™‚

  10. Very clever! I’m going to try some of these. Coming to you from Calypso in the Country.

    1. Thank you and I’m excited to check out your blog too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Michele, you are so very sweet πŸ™‚

  11. These are some very clever ideas! Thank you bunches for linking up and sharing with us this week! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Kristi and thanks for a great link party. See you next week!

  12. Thank you for sharing your wire hanger projects on #omhgww last week, So many unique ideas, I like the one that is above the sink and the outside plant hanger those are two that I could use right away! Be sure to stop by and share again and have a great week !?

    1. Thank you so much Karren. It’s so fun to start coming up with different ways to use an item that’s just sitting there in your home. Thanks for sharing your favorites and a great party. See you at the next one.

  13. Its great you have so many ideas with something that usually comes into our home free. Thank you for sharing on #omhgww. Pinned and is part of a feature on Instagram!

    1. Thank you so much Karren and thanks for the Pin and feature on Instagram. Have a great week and I’ll see you at the next party πŸ™‚

  14. Lots of great idea. We are the sma,e I just can’t bring myself to use them for clothes but you need at least a couple in the house for those moments when they are just right!

    1. Thank you Julie. I love everything you are saying and can totally relate. Can’t quite let them go, they are just kept around to use in other ways πŸ™‚

  15. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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