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5 Simple Ways How to Reuse Old Rubber Slippers or Flip-Flops

Updated on May 25, 2019

Rubber slippers of flip-flops are the most popular everyday footwear. We love to be comfortable when we're at home. But every family always exerts effort to maintain their carpets and floors clean by changing your shoes or sandals to slippers when you get home. Then, when these slippers wear out, or one pair becomes lost, it might only end up on a garbage pile.

We love to wear rubber slippers when we're at home mostly when we play outside and sometimes, we buy new ones even our old slippers still works perfectly fine. Rubber slippers are not that expensive that's why we even have two or three pairs at home per person.

But when these get old and you're done using it, where do you put your old slippers? Trash bins? Or do you burn them?

Do you know that when you burn rubber slippers, it emits dangerous chemicals that are harmful to our ozone layer and environment? They are also considered carcinogenic and can damage our internal organs and skin when exposed to it because they contain harsh chemicals from manufacturing.

The types of chemicals used in manufacturing rubber include vulcanizing agents, rubber accelerators, reinforcing agents, pigments, retarders, activators, fillers and antidegradants.

So we have to be careful when disposing them especially burning these rubber slippers because we are endangering our family's lives as well as the environment.

We must always choose to reuse first since these things are not degradable and can also consume half our landfills.

Rather than pitching your old slippers to trash or burning them, why not make the most out of it? There are some cool and creative ways how reuse them and still save money.

In rural areas like ours, the need for rubber slippers is high especially for those poor families who cannot afford shoes for their children. They even wear rubber slippers to school. So the wear and tear might not take so long or some might get lost during playtime.

Here are 5 simple ways on how we could reuse rubber slippers.

1. Wheels for homemade wooden toy cars

Yes, you can definitely do that! Cut the slippers in circles and drill a hole on the middle for your home-made wooden toy cars.

My sister loves toy cars to play when she was still small. Being an older sibling, I have to create something hand-made for us not to buy expensive plastic toys. We really don't have enough budget way back for something we do not really need.

So I used to reuse and recycle anything. For just a few strings and sticks, small nails found around the house and small cardboard box or plywood plus the rubber wheel, you can now create one unique toy car.

And what's good about home-made toys is that, you are teaching your kids or siblings the creativity to mold one used item into something new.

2. Door hinge for small backyard houses

Aside from reusing old tires for a simple door hinge, you can also try to use rubber slippers.

When you build a small covered housing for your things to be left outside like a box of glass jars, stones, bird feeds or firewood, instead of buying stainless door hinge, opt for rubber slippers instead.

We also used to have a backyard garden in our home and we also circled it with a wooden fence. Then we used square-cut rubber slippers as hinge for the mini-gate.

3. Cut them apart and use the pieces to protect the floor

In order to protect our tile or wooden floors, we used to put something underneath the furniture. Rubber soles of these slippers are a very good protector.

You cut them apart to fit the legs of furniture and you don't have to worry for scratches.

4. New play toys for your pet dogs

Worn-in and old slippers are canine favorites. You can give these used rubber slippers for them to play and chew with.

5. Traditional insect and cockroach killer

Some people like to store one slipper on their cabinets or bathroom to kill crawling insects and cockroaches. Well, who could blame them especially on those wet and near garbage site areas.

Some could not afford to buy insect killer that's why they only rely to these rubber slippers.

Please always remember to wash the rubber slippers first before reusing it to avoid allergies or any viruses and germs that may be present on those old things. When correctly used, old rubber slippers can be a great help around the house.

Let's Paint the World Green!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you much DDE :)

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      5 Simple Ways How to Reuse Old Rubber Slippers or Flip-flops a well approached hub on such helpful points in reuse of old rubber slippers, well explained. Voted p and useful.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      They are great for protecting your floors, old newspapers will do too but old flipflops are still the best choice. thanks vespa!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love your series of Hubs on reclaiming used items, and this one is no exception. Using slippers to kill bugs made me laugh! I really like the idea of cutting them up and gluing them to furniture legs to protect the floor. Voted up!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      @Suzie, Mary, Denise, Mike, Thelma, healthwealthmusic, Meldz:

      Thanks all for sharing your thoughts, for the votes, Ups and shared. Indeed rubber flipflops can be used as an alternative way for some things around the house.

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      6 years ago

      You got very good ideas here Myz. You made me laugh on #5 I remember doing that.

      Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Ruth R. Martin 

      6 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Love the ideas, most I never thought of before :) Thanks for sharing! The one where you cut them to use a floor protectors is awesome!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Very creative hub. You´re definitely green. I love the idea of using my old rubber slippers for the hinge, the planters and for using it against cockroaches. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing;-)

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      Mike Robbers 

      6 years ago from London

      Great! Such marvelous ideas! Voted up, useful & interesting!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I loved the last one, lol but the one I thought was the most creative was #2 the door hinge. Very cool hub! I think you should add a poll asking readers which idea was their favorite. :) UP/U/F/I and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well, we're going to have to start calling you Kermit because you are eternally green! This is just so down to earth and makes perfect, common sense...except I never would have thought of it. You've got great suggestions and I can see myself putting cut up flip flops under all my furniture ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Unknowm spy,

      What an inventive idea! Recycling rubber flip-flops is such a cool idea, what a clever girl you are! Love the different suggestions and photos you used, so original. Definitely the thumbs up from me on this all votes, sharing and pinning. Love your creative hubs!!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      thank you so much Bumpsysmum!

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      7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I will view my old flip flops in a new light now. Thanks for making me think about how to reuse old stuff. Great Hub.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you so much Eddy.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      What wonderful tips and I vote up and share.

      Brilliant and here's to many more to come.


    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      @Moonlake, Dianna, Momstreasurechest:

      Thank you for reading and for the comment :)

    • MomsTreasureChest profile image


      7 years ago

      Good ideas, I especially like the grass growing planter and the switching of colors flip flops.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I love the planter and gate latch idea. Never would have thought of this myself. I do have some flip flops that would fit this nicely.

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      7 years ago from America

      Interesting ideas. I don't like it when my dog uses mine for a toy and leaves his teeth marks in them. Voted up.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      @Livingsta and Mhatter.. thank you for stopping by.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. SF recycles, free.

    • livingsta profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting and creative ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      @Kathryn, Faith, LBeven, Deb, Marina, TirelessTraveller: Thank you so much for the comments and for checking out my hub. :)

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      Judy Specht 

      7 years ago from California

      Like the cockroach killers. Love the picture of the grass growing on the flip flop. Great read.

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      7 years ago from Clarksville TN

      I like the floor protector idea the best. That is a useful idea. Thank you for sharing!! Great ideas.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All great ideas, Mycee, especially killing bugs.

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      7 years ago

      Lovely ideas for reusing worn flip flops- There are also some great products out there which are made from natural rubber, recycled tires, and even cork :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Very creative ideas for reusing flip flops!!! I laughed at that last one, as I have done that many times.

      Appreciate the heads-up on the dangers of burning them, etc.

      Voted up ++++

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      That is very creative. I would not have thought of using them for those reasons.

      Reusing is very good for the environment. It is scary how much waste there is in this world, and how much of it is toxic.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you Donna... when only burned they give off toxic chemicals, that's why its much better to reuse them instead of burning.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Creative reuse ideas. I thought #3 was especially useful. I wonder though if they are full of toxic chemicals, as you said, if giving them to dogs is a good idea.


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