Tennis balls don’t last very long. Even if you only play once or twice a week, before long, you will end up with a ton of used tennis balls. What do you do with tennis balls that have lost their felt and don’t bounce much?
Things you can do with old tennis balls
1. Donate to non-profits and schools
Non-profit organizations such as Tennis without borders, Salvation Army, and Goodwill, and your local schools will take tennis balls and put them to use.
2. Donate to tennis coaches
Tennis coaches go through hundreds of balls every year. They will be happy to take gently used tennis balls.
3. Use them in your clothes dryer
Put them in a sock and throw them in the dryer. This will fluff clothes and dry your clothes faster. You can even drop scented oil on the balls to imitate the fresh scent of fabric softeners.
4. Use on walkers
You can attach tennis balls to walkers to improve stability. Tennis balls also allow the walker to glide more easily on rough surfaces.
5. Use on bike stands
Bike stands get dirty if you park them in soggy soil. Attach a tennis ball to your stand to keep it clean.
6. Use them on chairs
Do you have chairs that squeak every time you move them? Attached old tennis balls to the chair’s legs. Your chairs will stop skidding and squeaking. In addition, this will also protect your floors.
7. Use them as a grip to open jars
Cut the tennis balls open and use them as a grip to open tough-to-open containers and jars.
8. Recycle them
The cans that hold the tennis balls are made of plastic and can be recycled. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options when it comes to recycling tennis balls. Recycleballs.org and Recycle Nation are a couple of options to check out if you would like to recycle tennis balls.