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A Little Help, Please?

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I should have titled this post “Who Knows What To Do With 9,053 Wire Hangers?”

Someone should ask Joan Crawford, maybe?

Okay, but on a serious note – I hate a wire coat hanger. Chad’s work uniforms are laundered, which helps keep metal grounds and sand out of my washing machine, but means that once a week he comes home with 10-15 more wire hangers. I transfer the uniforms to the neatly organized plastic hangers before putting them in our closet, which leaves me with an ever-growing pile of wire hangers that have taken up residence above my washing machine.

I can’t make myself throw them away… it feels like a disgusting misuse of natural resources.

And we have established that the uniform company does not pick the hangers up for re-use (though they should!!! **if not in the interest of the planet then at least in the interest of their bottom line**).

We have used the wire hangers here and there for small projects – wish I’d had the foresight to take pictures, but I didn’t… sorry! Anyway we have re-purposed them for:

  • pretty hangers for Christmas stockings (thanks to Chad and a handy pair of pliers)
  • markers for moon flower seeds in the garden
  • the wire backing for homemade greenery wreaths

I’m sure there are a few projects I’m forgetting about. I can use the hangers one or two at a time, but then I get a whole new set the following week and the JUST KEEP ACCUMULATING.

A little help, please?


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

May 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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  1. Heather I take all my wire hangars to a local dry cleaner and the re-use them, even if they didn’t originally come from them. I hate those things!!

    • Thank you! I need to find a local dry cleaner then…
      My sister suggested we try to weave them into hanging baskets or planters? I love the idea but I’m afraid I won’t be able to ply them into the shapes I want without creating a whole world of work for Chad: theses hangers are STURDY!!!

  2. I was going to say take them to the dry cleaners. I have also donated ours to the salvation army and goodwill when I have a good amount of them.


    May 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  3. Wow! Too bad they can’t be recycled for cash! Those are a lot of hangers.

  4. Heather – I have a weird, out of left field idea since this is an ongoing issue for you. There are artists who might be able to put these to use in a project, especially those that do installations or metal work. You might try a Craig’s list post or a bulletin board at a college…you might find someone who would “recycle” them for you on a continuing basis. When I had my store, a lady used to pick up all our wine bottles once a month for her crafts. Like I said – left field!


    May 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    • Okay well i’m pretty artsy so I was hoping to find some sort of ongoing project I could use them for since finding a place to recycle them is so far seeming pretty hopeless. I made markers for the herb seeds I grew over the weekend… but only used 4 hangers in the process lol

      • Custom Tomato Cages? A wire sculpture in the shape of an animal on which to grow a vine and trim al a Edward Scissorhands? Get out of the box, girl! lol


        May 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I work for a company that will be introducing a solution to the hanger mess that the laundry’s do not want to deal with. So, the goal will be to get these laundry’s to reuse their hangers, increase their bottom line and not leave you trying to clean up their mess:) There is hope.


    August 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Thanks!
      We’d love to know more about your company! Feel free to leave any website info in the comments section here. We get pretty crafty with our coat hangers, but it is definitely an ongoing problem, and I know it’s not exclusive to us!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

  6. Mail them to Christia as a joke.

    John McCommas

    March 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  7. Seriously though, why not drop them off at the dry cleaners. They give those away every day. I am sure they would happily accept them. Oh wait, I see someone already came up with that one.

    John McCommas

    March 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    • Hi, John!
      I’ve taken to dropping them in the scrap metal bin at our recycling center. Except for the few I keep on hand for crafts, etc. A wire coathanger or two are always handy. 9,053- not so much.

      Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

      March 18, 2013 at 12:25 am

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