January 26th, 2010

No Wire Hangers, Ever!

by Jacqueline Whitmore

wire hangersActress Joan Crawford might have been psychotic but her advice about wire hangers was right on!  She most likely hated them because they are terrible for your clothes.  Wire hangers ruin the shape of shoulders by stretching them into unsightly points that over time are very difficult to get rid of.

I recently cleaned and organized my closet and pondered the thought of what to do with all those nasty wire hangers that I got from my dry cleaner. That’s when I went online to do a little research. Did you know that unlike paper and plastic, there are no specially designated recycling bins for disposal of your used wire hangers? Therefore many of us (myself included) simply throw them away.  This results in 3.5 billion hangers ending up in our landfills every year.

The best way to dispose of your wire hangers is to return them to your dry cleaner for re-use.  According to the National Cleaners Association (NCA), if wire hangers are returned to a dry cleaner in poor condition then that cleaner could send them to a scrap metal dealer or give them back to the supplier who may have other methods of disposal.

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