Green Tips From the Green Cal of So CAL

I would like to share one of my favorite ways to recycle clothing. Save on your heating bill while staying warm and cozy. Old tights can become leg warmers or even "arm warmers!"

If you are like me, you want to keep the thermostat low at night while saying warm and comfortable. It is amazing how much warmer you will be while you sleep if you are wearing leg warmers and even arm warmers.

If you have a pair of tights with an elastic waist that has lost its stretch, has holes in the toes or heels, or just don't look so great any more, don't throw them out! It it's just the elastic waistband that's shot, you can cut the legs off and use them for bedtime knee socks. Make them as long as you like.

Wearing a pair of these under some nice warm sweat pants will really help you stay warm at night. Or you can cut a length between the foot and the crotch - any length you like - to use a leg warmers. I usually use a set as "arm warmers" as well. This is especially helpful if you are reading in bed and your arms are outside the blankets.

Leg warmers and arm warmers are very effective for keeping you warmer without adding a lot of bulk. And wearing leg warmers, or the knee socks version, is much more comfortable than wearing a whole pair of tights. I keep several sets of these leg warmers and arm warmers in my socks drawer. Mostly for sleeping, but they are also nice on a chilly day. I'm wearing some now!

It's a simple and easy way to stay warm while re-purposing something you might otherwise throw out. Expanding on your environmental life style while saving money on your heating bill!


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