What to do with old hangers?

Hang: Flowy Fabrics

First, let's start in your closet. Which clothes absolutely belong on a hanger? Anything composed of flowy fabrics, says DeMorrow. "Anything made from silk, chiffon, or other 'flowy' materials—commonly dresses or blouses—[should be hung]," says professional organizer Melissa Keyser. "I like to tell my clients to think about how the fabric moves in a breeze; if it seems to float or dance around, it wouldn't be happy folded and stuffed in a drawer."


Can You Recycle Plastic Hangers?

First up are plastic hangers. And this is because they are quite popular. Now, can you recycle plastic hangers?

The answer is that it is highly unlikely that you can recycle plastic hangers. They are almost impossible to recycle. We understand this might come as a shock giving that you can recycle most plastic items.

However, this does not apply to plastic hangers. You see, some plastic hangers do not appear so. And it can be extremely difficult to identify its plastic-type. Even more, while some are purely plastic, some are metal-like. Now, it is this difficulty in knowing what type of plastics different hangers come from that makes it tricky to recycle.

However, you can derive maximum utility from your plastic hangers by reusing them. You can always donate your old plastic hangers to thrift stores for them to use.

So, you see, while you can still find some use for them when you’re done with them, sadly, when it comes to recycling, plastics hangers are a big NO.

Fold: Thick Sweaters

Now that you know which clothes to hang, let's cover which clothes to fold—starting you're your thicker winter knits. Fold these, say our experts, both to preserve their structural integrity and to save space in your closet. "Really chunky sweaters should generally be folded," says DeMorrow. "There are folding techniques to gently wrap your sweater around a hanger to avoid making hanger marks, but it's generally not intuitive for most people, and a chunky sweater can take up a very thick width, often the space of six or more hanging blouses."

Create Hanging Shoe Storage

Using just a wire coat hanger, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers and a bit of decorative ribbon, create both a useful and attractive shoe storage solution.

Just follow along with easy step-by-step instructions to make these hangers. They work great for flip-flops and some flat shoes. Add a low hanging rod in your closet to take advantage of every bit of space and get rid of that pile of shoes.

Hanging Show Storage from EPBOT

Grow Fairy Wings or a Halo

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Keep a couple of hangers around to make accessories for costumes. Hangers make great fairy or butterfly wings when covered with fabric or paper. You can also bend them into halos, horns, or anything that needs a frame. Decorate with glitter, paint, feathers, or anything you can imagine.

How to Make Fairy Wings from Kidspot

How to make non-slip coat hangers

Our final uses for coat hangers is to leave them just as they are – almost.

We have a few clever tricks to make your coat hangers non-slip, which makes them much more useful for hanging different types of clothes.

Ready? Let’s go!

26. Use glue to make plastic hangers non-slip

Simply adding a squiggle of glue along the top of

Simply adding a squiggle of glue along the top of a plastic coat hanger is all that’s required to make it non-slip. Once it’s dry, the glue will prevent sleeves and straps from falling down.

27. Use elastic bands on wire hangers

Another way of making coat hangers more versatile is adding elastic bands.

Pull an elastic band over either end of your coat hangers, and the rubbery texture will give clothes something to grip onto, preventing them from falling down.

28. Use pipe cleaners to update coat hangers

One of our favourite clothes hanger hacks of all time is using pipe cleaners to make them non-slip.

Pipe cleaners are so cheap, and the perfect solution to this everyday problem.

All you need to do is twist a pipe cleaner around either side of your coat hanger, and similarly to elastic bands, they’ll prevent clothes from falling off.

Need help?Watch the video below to learn how.

Do you have any clever uses for coat hangers we’ve missed off our list? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.


  • Don’t attach  sawtooth hangers  to picture frames that weigh more than 25 pounds. Always remember that pound ratings are not cumulative. It’s a big word, but don’t panic.This simply means that you can’t use 2 regularsawtooth hangers for a 40-pound picture. We recommend using the heavy duty sawtooth hangers instead. Not sure which hangers to use? Check out the weight guide provided below.
  • Don’t stress too much about finding a wall stud to tap into. Usually, picture frames withsawtooth hangers are light enough to skip the stud. But if you could put the nail or screw into the wall stud, go ahead. It’s better safe than sorry, after all.
  • Don’t use sawtooth hangers  for massive and expensive art pieces, especially those that are to be displayed in art galleries and museums. In fact, most galleries do not accept framed art withsawtooth hangers. Professional hangers would say that the correct hanging method is using D-Rings and J-Hooks. Museums further secure their frames using a mending plate, a device that keeps it from moving and falling off the wall during an earthquake. 

How to Find the Right Sawtooth Hanger

Weight plays an important role when finding the right sawtooth hanger.  It helps you determine the type of hanging hardware you should use. Check out this weight guide to help you choose the right hanger.




To find the right sawtooth hanger, you should consider the weight rating and sawtooth size that is appropriate for your frame first. We recommend using a picture hanger with a weight limit that exceeds the weight of your picture, art or any wall decor. 

Once you have those numbers, you’ll be able to determine the right fastener type for the wall.

Using the wrong hangers and fasteners won’t hold your frames securely and might cause your frames to crash on the floor. It’s even more dangerous for a heavy mirror or painting. Not only will it cause an accident, but expensive pieces will be wrecked.

Are metal clothes hangers recyclable?

Wire coat hangers are not safe to recycle. They can get caught in recycling equipment and cause jams, machinery damage and injuries to workers. Keep wire hangers out of your recycling.

Coat hanger crafts

Who knew coat hangers could be made into such beautiful things? Check out some of our favourite, crafty uses for clothes hangers below.

20. Coat hanger crafts for Christmas time

When Christmas comes around this year, why not try making your own wreath? Wreaths are the epitome of Christmas and give your house an instantly festive look.

A wire hanger is the perfect starting point for your wreath. It’s flexible enough to bend into shape and sturdy enough to stay that way.

Watch as Mies Heerma creates a seriously stunning wreath using a wire coat hanger in the video below.

21. Make an attractive wall display

Hang your art!
Hang your art!

If you like things that are a little out of the ordinary, you’re going to love this coat hanger craft.

Hangers give a space an industrial, effortless look. Why not hang a cork board from a coat hanger, or maybe a simple piece of artwork? 

22. Upcycle a metal clothes hanger into fairy wings

Dressing up parties can soon get expensive, especially if your little ones want a new outfit every time!

Believe it or not, you can fashion a pair of fairy wings from a wire coat hanger and just a few other, cheap supplies.

This Youtube tutorial is extremely simple and highly effective.

Why not DIY for your next dressing-up party? You could even get the kids involved too (just take care with sharp edges).

23. DIY hanging mason jars

We just love Mason Jars here at  Expert Home Tips, especially the hanging ones!

You can pick up Mason Jars pretty cheap these days, and all you need is a few wire hangers to transform them.

If you’re struggling to figure it out, Make Life Lovely has shared step-by-step instructions on her blog.

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How Do You Dispose of Metal Hangers?

If you are convinced that your old metal hangers have outlived its usefulness despite all the alternatives we have provided above, then it’s okay. We will tell you how you can properly dispose of your old metal hangers.

You have a range of options available for the disposal of your metal hangers. These options are determined by whether such a metal hanger is usable or unusable. Well, here you go.

1. Donate to Charity

You can only do this if the metal hanger is usable and in proper condition. All you need do is put them in the local collection bin, over the counter, or ask the charities to come and pick them up.

2. Give Them to Your Dry Cleaner

Alternatively, you could give them out to your dry cleaner to use in their day-to-day work.

3. Take Them to Your Laundry

If you eventually decide on reusing them all by yourself, then you have the option of taking them to your local laundry for proper cleaning and use.

4. Give to Freecycle

Asides from donating to charity organizations, you can as well give it up for free on Freecycle. They guarantee the proper use of your deposit.

5. Toss Them in the Trash

Lastly, your old metal hangers might not be in reusable condition. And you are convinced that they have no value or use for them again, then you can go ahead and toss them in the trash can.


So long as the wardrobe arrangement is still a thing, hangers will continually be relevant. And as long as hangers are relevant, recycling of hangers will also remain an explorable option in earth management.

So, in all, we have intimated on all you need to know about the recycling of hangers and alternatives to reusing them. We have also discussed how you can dispose of them should they outlive their usefulness.

As such, it now up to you to make an informed decision on how you want to handle your hangers. However, we advise that think through all your available options and opt for one that would do the earth some good.