Frugal Friday: Extending the Life of Pantyhose

How many times have you put clear nail polish on your stockings? Maybe you won't have to anymore.


We've all done it -- gotten a run in our stockings, whipped out the clear nail polish and painted all around the run so it doesn't get bigger.

Then the pantyhose sticks to your leg and you have to pull so it doesn't stick anymore and then when you get home, you throw those new pantyhose away.

How about the annoying times when you only buy one pair of pantyhose at the store for an event and then get a run in them while putting them on?


But fear not! I've searched the Internet for tips and tricks to extend the life of stockings and as usual, the Internet does not disappoint!

  • First, buy wisely. Stockings that have lycra or spandex -- at least 15 percent -- are more durable.
  • Yes, it's good to have clear nail polish to stop a run from getting worse. But can you prevent it altogether?

Maybe. The Daily Finance website recommends freezing your stockings to make them last longer.

First, run the stockings under the faucet, then place them in a freezer bag. Leave them in the freezer for 24 hours, then let the stockings thaw out naturally.

Have you tried this technique before? Was it a success? Be sure to share in the comments section.

  • When putting on pantyhose, make sure nothing can snag on the hosiery -- no jagged nails and definitely no jewelry.
  • Wash pantyhose by hand. I think we all know this one but I've certainly thrown pantyhose in the washing machine before in a pinch. Oops.
  • In between wears, keep your stockings in plastic bags that zip shut. That way, you lessen the chance of things snagging on the stockings when they're in your drawer.

Happy Frugal Friday! Got a frugal tip? Send it to jaimie.cura@patch.com and you may see it in a future Frugal Friday column.

J'aime Collants April 24, 2012 at 02:57 AM
So have you tried the quick dry tip yet?? = )
Jaimie Cura April 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It's been so warm here -- 70 to 80 degrees -- that I haven't needed/wanted to wear stockings! :)
J'aime Collants May 03, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Yah, finally got warm here recently as well!! Though I'm anxious to find out if anyone has tried the quick dry trick! = )
Jaimie Cura May 03, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Now it's cold again! And I do have a wedding to go to, so I may be trying this soon!
J'aime Collants May 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Any luck? I still haven't tried boiling any new hose in salt water! haha.


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