10 Surprisingly Useful Ways To Repurpose Your Old Garden Hose


It seems like every year I have to make a trip to our local Walmart to buy a new garden hose. One hose was accidentally left out all winter, another was crushed when someone ran it over—I could go on and on!

Since we do a lot of hand-watering during the summer, we need a functioning hose, but I’ve always felt a little bit bad about trashing those old, damaged hoses. So I thought I’d put on my thinking cap and come up with some ways to repurpose an old garden hose, if only to ease my own guilty conscience.

Luckily for me, a bit of internet research yielded plenty of great ideas, and I ended up with a list of 10 ways to put my old garden hoses to good use. Check it out below!

10 Ways To Use An Old Garden Hose

Uses for Garden Hoses

1. Protect Your Car

Our two-car garage is just barely big enough to fit both my SUV and my husband’s truck. The tight squeeze means that I have to be really careful when pulling into the garage, and when opening my car doors. But I recently discovered that a garden hose can help protect my car from the hazards of our small garage!

Use screws to secure a short length of garden hose to points where your car might make contact (like in front of the bumper and where the doors open). The hose will act as a cushion between your car and the garage walls, minimizing damage to both.

Uses for Garden Hoses

2. Make A Soaker Hose

You can turn an old hose into a soaker system for watering your garden! Soaker hoses are more efficient, because unlike traditional hoses or watering cans, they deliver water right to the base of your plants. That means less water gets wasted or evaporated, and it’s actually less work for you!

To make your own soaker hose, use a small drill bit to make evenly spaced holes along the length of your garden hose. Screw a hose cap onto one end of the hose, and attach the other end to a water source. Run your soaker system for 30 minutes a few times a week to ensure deep watering for your garden. (Make sure to water more often when it’s really hot outside!)

Uses for Garden Hoses

3. Cover Sharp Blades

You can keep the blades on your axes, hatches, and saws sharp by sheathing them in between uses. An old garden hose has more than enough material to make sheaths for all your bladed tools.

Measure the blades of the tools you want to cover, then cut a length of hose to match each one. Use a utility knife or craft knife to cut a slit in each hose piece from one end to the other. Slide the piece of hose over the blade, and you’re done!

Uses for Garden Hoses

4. Improve Your Grip

You can use the same technique outlined above to make an easy-grip handle for buckets! Just cut a small length of hose, and use a utility knife to create a slit from one end of the hose piece to the other. Slip the hose piece around a bucket handle to make it easier to carry!

You can also use it to carry grocery bags, shopping bags, and all kinds of other things!

Uses for Old Garden Hoses

5. Cover Swing Chains

Use segments of garden hose to make covers for the chains on your backyard swings. You won’t have to worry about little fingers getting caught in the chains anymore.

Uses for Garden Hoses

6. Water Pots Gently

Even the gentle shower from your watering can may be too forceful for new or delicate potted plants. Use a small piece of garden hose to make an in-pot watering system!

Cut a piece of garden hose to match the depth of your pot, then drill several holes along the sides. Dig a hole near the center of pot down to the bottom and slip the hose inside. Fill the empty spaces back in with dirt, and you’re ready to water! Pour water into the open end of the hose, and the water will seep through the holes to deliver water to the roots of your plant.

Uses for Garden Hoses

7. Hang Tools

Your old garden hose can help you organize your garage by getting larger tools up off the floor. Hang up a board along one of the walls in your garage, then screw a piece of garden hose near one end. Make a loop large enough to accommodate the handle of your rake, shovel, or broom, then screw down the hose on the other end.

Repeat the process until you’ve created as many loops as you want. Slide your tools into the loops, and you’re done!

Related: Our Best Tips For Organizing Your Garage

Uses for Garden Hoses

8. Trap Earwigs

If earwigs are feasting on your plants, you can use a garden hose to create a simple and effective earwig trap.

Cut a piece of hose about 12″ long and place it in your garden where the earwigs tend to hang out. Earwigs like to hide in cramped, dark places, so they will crawl right into the hose. After a few days, empty the hose section into bucket of soapy water to kill the earwigs.

Uses for Garden Hoses

9. Sand Curved Surfaces

It can be a pain to sand curved areas of furniture, trim, and crown moulding, but a garden hose can make it easier! Cut a short section of garden hose, and wrap your sandpaper around it so the gritty side is facing out. Grip the hose and it against those tricky curved areas, and you’ll be done sanding in no time!

Uses for Garden Hoses

10. Make Door Stops

Cut a small section of an old garden hose to use as a door stop. To “install” it, just squish the hose flat with your hands and slide it underneath the door. When you let go, the hose will expand to fill the gap, and the door will stay in place. Easy!

What else could you do with an old garden hose?