Pros and Cons of Hanky Ownership

Pros and Cons of Hanky Ownership

With the arrival of spring many hayfever sufferers will be stocking their pockets or handbags with multiple packets of tissues. But have you ever considered ditching the tissues and bringing the hanky back? Here’s a list to help you weigh up the pros and cons of the humble handkerchief to keep in mind the next time you need to blow your nose.


  1. Hankies have less impact on the environment. Hankies can be washed and reused over and over and over again (in fact, the average hanky can be used hundreds of times!). Tissues are wasteful and not only use more resources during production, but once used will end up in landfill.
  2. A hanky has character. Unlike the mass-produced and boring tissue, hankies have character and can be personalised. They come in different colours, they could be adorned with lace or embroided with your initials.
  3. Hankies are strong and durable and will last more than one allergy season.
  4. They are softer on the old nose (definitely a plus for hayfever attacks).
  5. Hankies have a multitude of other uses. A good clean hanky is handy for times when you need to dry your tears, wipe up a mess, clean dirt off your hands, wipe food off your face or clean your glasses.
  6. They are economical. A packet of hankies is cheap and will last for a very long time.
  7. If you forget them in a pocket, you don’t need to spend hours picking the frays off the clean laundry.


  1. The number one argument against the use of hankies is that they are unhygienic and it’s kind of true, carrying germs in your pocket all day might feel a little unsanitary. So if you catch a cold or flu, it might be best to revert back to recycled tissues. However, your nose really doesn’t generate a lot of germs with hayfever and it isn’t contagious. Just buy a hanky for each day of the week and wash them after use.
  2. Hankies are a bit awkward to store after using. We recommend quickly and quietly folding and packing them away. Perhaps keep the left pocket for clean and right for used!
  3. They are a little high maintenance and need regular washing – but as above, simply rotate their use and you’ll get away with one or two wash cycles a week.