They are the wardrobe staple that, once laddered, are often consigned to the bottom of the sock drawer – or the bin.
But now, Australian cleaning guru Shannon Lush has revealed that old pairs of pantyhose are a godsend when it comes to cleaning the house in a flash.
Speaking to New Idea magazine, Ms Lush shared some simple tricks that you can use to give your old pairs of stockings a second wind.
According to Ms Lush, cleaning the bathroom can be a breeze – as long as you prepare by popping everything that isn’t easy to wash – or shouldn’t get wet – into a bucket first.
‘Sprinkle your bathroom surfaces with bicarb soda and lightly spray with white vinegar,’ the expert told New Idea, adding that while it is still fizzing, it is wise to sweep with a soft broom covered with a pair of pantyhose.
‘A rolled-up pair of pantyhose will allow you to get into any smaller areas, and use the broom and an old towel to dry the floor.’
According to Ms Lush, old stockings can also be put to good use in the lounge room.
‘Dust ceilings, light fitting and walls with a broom covered with pantyhose,’ she told New Idea.
‘If you spray the head with some lavender spray, it inhibits insects,’ she added.
Finally, there’s a trick you can use in the kitchen to get super-sparkling taps, according to Ms Lush.
She suggested adding a teaspoon of lavender oil to a one-litre spray bottle of water as an antibacterial solution and applying it to surfaces by using a rolled up pair of pantyhose to dry the surfaces.
‘Rather than using a toothbrush to get into that nitty gritty bit down the bottom of the tap, wrap the pantyhose leg around the base of the tap and seesaw backwards and forwards just like you are polishing a shoe,’ she advised. ‘It takes seconds rather than minutes.’
It’s not the first time Ms Lush has shared her expert cleaning tips.
In July, the cleaning guru surprised people around the world when she revealed how often you really need to be changing your sheets.
‘If you’re showering once a day, you can wash your sheets weekly,’ Ms Lush told news.com.au.
‘However, pillowcases should be changed every second day without fail. It’s against your face, and your hair holds more dirt than anywhere else on the body. It’s like a mop.’
‘Most people don’t wash their pillows enough, and it’s really vile,’ she added.
‘It collects old skin cells, which we shed especially when we are asleep. The pillow is a major cause of blackheads.’
Talking previously to lifestyle.com.au Ms Lush revealed how you know when it’s time to trade in your old pillows.
‘If you hold your arm out and drop your pillow over your forearm widthways and it sags, then it’s time to buy a new pillow,’ she said.
‘Ideally, pillows should be replaced when they’re lumpy, saggy, smelly or discoloured – the time between buys depends on level of usage, how much you sweat, how often it gets washed and so on – best to stick to the above visual and nasal clues.’