Any ideas on how to clean and use old rope lights from my patio?

Bella's mommy
by Bella's mommy
I have about a good 40 feet of three year old rope lights My husband wants to put outdoor bulbs and throw these away but they still work just super dirty and don't know what else to use them for. I would hate to throw them away! I need some ideas to save these guys from the trash bin.
Very dirty!!
  7 answers
  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Dec 09, 2017

    Super dirty with what? Some baking soda scrub might work. If the plastic has been damaged by the sun, you might try a compounding polish - like for car headlights.

  • If you can't use them elsewhere, give them away! I find homes for all kinds of stuff on

    Dip an old rag in vinegar. Will clean them right up!

  • Pg Pg on Dec 09, 2017

    Maybe loop them through your garden, or use them at Christmas time.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 09, 2017

    If they have been outside in the sun... the plastic will have darkened and the cost of replacing the plastic tubing will be more than buying new lights... you can try scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar but the plastic may be beyond resurrecting. You could lay them along a pathway or side walk and secure them with wire hairpins.. they would glow just enough to outline the path way.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 09, 2017

    Soapy water and a rag, unplugged of course.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 05, 2023

    Can you use them for a Halloween outdoor decoration, like a ghost?

  • Dee Dee on Oct 05, 2023

    You can wrap them around a mailbox, or columns in front of the house. You can wind them thru bushes. You can donate them to the Salvation Army.