what do you do with old knickers?

(52 Posts)
Iggleonk Wed 03-Nov-10 20:05:04

In the last 7 years it is fair to say my weight has fluctuated - got married (was thin), got pregnant, had baby, got pregnant again......you get the picture.

This has left me with a quandry - I have two bin bags full of knickers and bras that no longer fit that currently reside in the loft taking up space. I want to get rid of them but how?

Take them to the tip - don't fancy seeing my smalls flying about in front of the other people dropping off their rubbish.

Give them to a charity shop - do they want old knickers?

Leave them out for the bin men - & have them perv over my old thongs!

Answers on a postcard please.....

jpg Wed 03-Nov-10 20:05:50

burn them?

AnyFawker Wed 03-Nov-10 20:07:03

just put them in the bin

do you seriosuly think the dustbin men are interested in your old knickers ?

I am sure they have seen all manner of stuff grin

cyb Wed 03-Nov-10 20:07:54

second hand shop? Surely you jest....

Tidey Wed 03-Nov-10 20:09:22

Personally, I'd bin them. If they were in exceptionally good condition I'd consider one of those clothes recycling bins.

Pingpong Wed 03-Nov-10 20:09:47

Oxfam take old bras and send them abroad.
Knickers can go in clothes recycling bins (council/supermarket carparks etc) where they recycle the cloth/make rags etc.
Much better than putting them in the bin where they will just add to landfill.

Pingpong Wed 03-Nov-10 20:10:49

x post with Tidey clothes recycling bins take old tatty stuff with holes not just good stuff!

Tidey Wed 03-Nov-10 20:39:51

I know, but just in case anyone saw them, I wouldn't put really tatty stuff in! blush

Dumbledoresgirl Wed 03-Nov-10 20:43:31

Why not? Your tatty old knickers don't have your name, address and identifying photo of you on them, do they?

Personally, I tear up old clothes and use them as rags, knickers don't need tearing up first.

And bras...well, I don't know if this is universal but I was in some charity shops today and saw bras for sale. shock

GrimmaTheNome Wed 03-Nov-10 20:45:32

Chuck them. Unless they are really big cotton ones, in which case cut up for cleaning rags (the fate of DHs not-so-smalls)

Or unless you're Tracey Emin in which case you have perfect material for your next artwork.

MaMoTTaT Wed 03-Nov-10 20:45:35

if they're usually try your local woman's refuge and/or homeless shelter.

"Usable" underwear is one of the things that is on the list of things they need for both of those locally.

jamaisjedors Wed 03-Nov-10 20:45:47

Send the bras here

Please note they do not want knickers grin

nameymcnamechange Wed 03-Nov-10 20:46:05

Put them in the clothes recycling bank at Sainsbos. They get made into rags.

I have a charity bag full of sub-charity shop, worn/bobbly/torn clothes destined for those bins on the go at all times.

nameymcnamechange Wed 03-Nov-10 20:46:42

Don't put them in the bin! FGS!

herbgarden Wed 03-Nov-10 20:48:28

The recycle charity bins at our local tesco I saw mention "underwear" today - i personally couldn't imagine anyone wanting to wear my second hand pants (I usually throw away - if they're ready for the bin they're past their useful life) however if they're passable you could just bundle them up in a bag and shoot it in so no worries about your grey M&S undies being scattered around the tip.....

Milliways Wed 03-Nov-10 20:48:43

Our recycling doorstep collection takes old clothes for rags.

All our old bras went to Uganda with a colleague from work this Summer grin

BosomForAPillow Wed 03-Nov-10 20:49:57

2 bin bags full, wow!
I don't think all the knickers/bras I've ever owned would take up 2 bin bags.

The pre-school here collects worn out material for rags. Have put some of DH's old pants there.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Wed 03-Nov-10 20:51:23

Bin them.

MaMoTTaT Wed 03-Nov-10 20:52:30

no no no DON'T bin them if they could still be used - PLEASE ring your local women's refuge and homeless shelters

FairyArmadillo Wed 03-Nov-10 20:56:10

I like donating my stuff to charity or to friends that need them. But not knickers. If I knew someone who desperately needed or couldn't afford knickers, I would buy/donate new knickers. Not my old ones. I'd personally find it a bit...ewwww...

Do you all have fecal incontinence problems? They are just knickers - presumably you've washed them? Don't be so wussy.

If worn out, knickers can be composted or made into rags.
If you bought them, wore them once, decided they were wedgie pants and just left them sat in the drawer for a year or so, what harm is there passing them on, via the charity shop or refuge.

Ditto bras, I have 30 bras, I wear four of them regularly. All of them cost over £20 each. Someone else could use them and would get good use out of them (particularly the 20 or so nursing bras).

Tidey Wed 03-Nov-10 21:01:32

I'd just like to clarify, most of my unwanted clothes goes to charity shoes or recycling bin, and I don't tend to wear anything to the point where it's falling to bits anyway. But if I did have anything really awful, I would bin it. Sorry if that makes me an awful person.

DioneTheDiabolist Wed 03-Nov-10 21:03:30

Sell them on Ebay. Lot of saddos out there with a lot of money that could be yourswink.

MaMoTTaT Wed 03-Nov-10 21:03:52

agree whoemoved.

Fairy - I bet if you were homeless or had escaped from an abusie relationship with nothing more than the clothes on your back you wouldn't really care who had worn the knickers you were offered to wear - so long as they had been washed.

Pingpong Wed 03-Nov-10 21:08:23

tidey it doesn't make you a bad person but to me it's the same as not bothering to rinse out your milk cartons and put them in the recycling bin. You can put items in a carrier bag and then in the clothes recycling bin, infact most I have used request items to be in a bag so they don't get wet so who exactly will see you stuffing a bag into the recycling bin? You could use a Waitrose bag if it would make you feel better wink

pottonista Fri 05-Nov-10 11:10:49

Make a patchwork quilt?

Myleetlepony Fri 05-Nov-10 19:26:42

Er, you could sell them on EBay. blush

turkeyboots Fri 05-Nov-10 19:30:49

I once met a senior rep of the Salvation army at a work event. He said they can never get enough donations and range of sizes of underwear donations for female rough sleepers. Cause everyone put them in the bin. So if they are still in decent condition, it may be worth finding a Salvation army donation box?

Simbacatlives Fri 05-Nov-10 19:36:42

When my grandad died the salvation army came to take his clothes. We hadn't included his pants or long johns or socks but they asked if we had any as they do not get enough donated and have to buy them and it's pricey.

I take ours to recycling at tip with worn out clothes and holey stuff. Rest goes to charity shop.

Lurpak Fri 05-Nov-10 19:39:24

Sell them on ebay

Myleetlepony Sun 07-Nov-10 17:17:18

Oh Lurpak, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.

JiggeryPoverty Sun 07-Nov-10 17:22:37

Write your phone number in the gusset and take them to a Tom Jones concert. Ping them at the stage.

nagynolonger Sun 07-Nov-10 17:30:50

If they are well worn I burn them when DH has a bonfire. If they haven't been worn much I put them in a charity bag with other clothes.

emmy5 Tue 09-Nov-10 18:36:47

If they're big bras there's a farm in Wiltshire that requests donations of old bras to support their melons whilst they're growing - it was on the bbc news recently. They're called Purton House Organics and are somewhere near Swindon

iwearknickers Fri 01-Feb-13 00:28:58

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HazeltheMcWitch Fri 01-Feb-13 00:32:38

Interesting bumping of thread there...

Greensleeves Fri 01-Feb-13 00:33:36


what the hell is going on on here today?!?

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 01-Feb-13 00:34:30

OOh, are there idiots about? I have been reading about lovely lego. Nice and wholesome, so I've not noticed.

Greensleeves Fri 01-Feb-13 00:37:03

aw that's lovely grin

Startail Fri 01-Feb-13 00:53:51

Sorry knickers go in the bin.

I'm happy to buy some cheap supermarket ones for the shelter, but the thought of some one sorting them even for rag- just no!

Knickers here only get scrapped when very grubby or in holes.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Feb-13 07:58:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Feb-13 08:00:37

Oh, I am an idiot <shoots self> As you were...

Bunbaker Fri 01-Feb-13 08:06:17

Please do NOT put them in the bin. They will only go to landfill. They can be recycled in so many ways - rag recycling or donations to charity.

I don't get why some of you are so iffy about them being sorted because they have no means of identifying you. Stop being so precious and Margo Leadbetter/Hyacinth Bouquet.

Syrupent Fri 01-Feb-13 16:31:16

My aunt used to use them as dusters, then when they got too thin, as floorcloths!

VikingLady Tue 12-Feb-13 16:16:00

If charity shops get clothes they can't use they sell them for rags/recycling, so you are still doing some good in the world!

Op, if you really can't face handing the bag over in a shop, either say a neighbour asked you to drop them in whilst you were in town, or take them to the next town over!

VerySmallSqueak Tue 12-Feb-13 16:19:07

If they fit I wear until holey,then mend and wear some more blush.

If they don't fit I keep if they're in a smaller size,and use as cloths for dirty jobs if a bigger size.

I use dp's old boxers as dusters

ouryve Tue 12-Feb-13 16:22:19

I use them for cleaning stuff with. I tend to keep them until they're not fit for rag blush so they at least get a couple of rounds of cleaning around the outside of windows where the mould starts in cold weather, scrubbing the bathroom floor or cleaning up puke before they end up in landfill.

Refuse collectors are a bit too busy to go snooping round your bin.

ouryve Tue 12-Feb-13 16:23:35

And yes, most of my knickers are even older than this thread.

notso Tue 12-Feb-13 16:36:16

I cannot believe you have two bin bags full of old underwear!

VerySmallSqueak Tue 12-Feb-13 16:39:37

Refuse collectors are way too busy to be looking at your old pants (- especially the female ones,by the way)

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