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10 Uses for Dry Cleaning Hangers

10 Uses for Dry Cleaning Hangers

If you dry clean your clothes on a regular basis, you know that those ubiquitous wire hangers can really start to stack up. But rather than haul the hangers to the trash, you can put them to use around the house.

Unclogging Drains: A straightened wire hanger can be used to dislodge hairballs and gunk from a plugged drain. Sure, itís not going to be as effective as a professional tool like a plumberís snake, but it might just do the trick in a pinch and spare you an expensive visit from your local plumber.

Roasting Marshmallows: Who doesnít love a good campfire? Next time youíre gathered around the fire pit or hosting a barbecue, have a few unwound wire hangers on hand to roast marshmallows, kabobs and hot dogs.

Run Cable Behind Wall: Making a room cable-ready usually involves snaking yards of black cord across the floor, creating a tripping hazard thatís also downright ugly. A much better, more professional solution is to drill a series of small holes in the wall and snake the cable behind the drywall. Create a small loop on the end of a hanger to hold the cable and use the stiff wire to guide the cable to its destination.

Fishing Things Out of Tight Spaces: Extend your reach by bending a hook on the end of a straightened out hanger. Next time you lose a set of keys behind a sofa, or something goes skidding beneath the stove, youíre all set to reclaim it.

Trellis Plants: Weak-steamed plants like tomatoes need to be trellised to reach their full height. Weave together a few straightened hangers in a crosshatch pattern to give your plants a boost, or simply affix a few unadulterated hangers to a wooden frame for an even easier option (via

Clean Wax From a Candle Holder: Use the pointed end of a wire hanger to scrape out the wax at the bottom of a candle holder.

Unlock Car Door: Both thieves and klutzes who lock their keys in the car have long relied on hangers to pop the locks and gain entry. While this technique no longer works on most newer model cars, with older autos you can fashion a hook to grab hold of the lock arm and lift to open the door.

Make a Wreath: Bend the hanger into a loop and use it as the base for a festive holiday wreath.

Re-string a Draw String: Running a drawstring through a pair of swim trunks or shorts is slow, frustrating work. But you can speed up the process with a coat hanger. Straighten the hanger out, create a small loop to hold the knotted end of the string, and feed the string and hanger through the waist band together.

Return Them: Import tariffs drove up the price of wire hangers a few years ago, causing many dry cleaners to ask customers to bring them back. If youíd like to do your part for the planet, while helping out your neighborhood cleaner, offer to return the hangers the next time you visit.

Adam Verwymeren writes about San Francisco roofing and home issues. Get home & garden ideas like this on Networx.

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11:40AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Good tips.Thanks for sharing

12:58PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

thank you!

4:35AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you...

5:31PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Return them to be reused

3:45PM PDT on May 20, 2012

I am trying to figure out how to make tomato cages out of them, maybe just unwrapping them and stakeing into the ground for support? Used to be folks would use a wire hanger as an antennea for the car. Duct tape is called Alabama chrome. These days we are all gonna become trailer trash if the Romney wins. Us'uns vs Them Rich Folk.

9:59AM PDT on May 20, 2012

nice tips

6:57PM PDT on May 18, 2012

my drycleaner ASKS you to bring your hangers.... one hanger per item of clothing... it works for me..helps keep costs down...however, i haven't been able to convince him of reusing the plastic wrap....that could be done too.

2:08PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thank you

1:57AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

returning them would work the best I think

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