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3 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Swim Caps

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

If you're a swimming enthusiast, a professional swimmer or a leisure swimmer, you probably have tons of swimming caps sitting on your old swimming bag or inside your closet.

By now, you've probably managed to collect caps from your shopping or getting them for free by joining competitions or triathlon events.

If thinking about throwing your old personalised swim caps breaks your heart, there are ways to repurpose them and reduce waste.

Here are some clever ways to repurpose your old swim caps:

1. Use it to highlight your hair

You can use your old personalised swim caps to highlight your hair by cutting holes in your cap where you'd like to have sections of highlighted hair. Once you've made the holes, slide and wear your cap as you normally would and take out strands from inside the holes, dye your hair and the exposed portions will soak up the dye, keeping the hair underneath protected. The best material for this should be non-permeable.

2. Strain your fruits and vegetables

If you're a swimmer and an avid camper, this is one of the best ways to repurpose your old swim cap. Since your old personalised swim caps are lightweight and can be folded up, it's an ideal kitchen tool for hikers and backpackers. Punch some small holes in the bottom of your swim cap and whenever you're on a camping trip, use it to wash berries, greens, and other fruits or vegetables. Swim caps made from silicone is an excellent material to use. However, keep in mind that using your swim caps to strain hot food like pasta noodles or boiled vegetables is not recommended because these materials may not stand up to high temperatures.

3. Hold your plants upright

For keeping your plants upright, use your really worn out personalised swim caps and cut them into strips to use them to tie your plants to a stake. Swimming caps made from silicone and lycra are the best materials to use for this repurposing because they can hold up to outdoor weather conditions better and they won't damage your plants. Rubber and latex materials, on the other hand, are not recommended because they are made from natural materials and could wear out quickly. However, make sure that you won't tie your plants too tightly because they send nutrients through their stems and you don't want to disrupt that process.

You can also consider donating your caps that are in decent shape with no rips or holes in them. You can ask your local pool club if they need some extra caps or you can also reach out to some swimming-related organizations that support high school swimming teams who are in need of swimming caps. Repurposing your old personalised swim caps is the best way to recycle and reduce waste. You don't really have to throw away your worn out swimming caps, especially if they have sentimental value to you. You can make use of them for other things and still keep their value.