15 Uses for Old Socks

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Ways to Reuse Socks

Wearing out socks is a part of life. And we all know that a sock can go missing from time to time. So what do you do when you're not ready to let go? Here's a list of things you can do with your old socks. And, it always feels good to find ways to upcycle.

  1. Storage
    Keep small items safe by storing them in a tied-up sock. Socks are great for storing board game pieces, dice, small toys, etc.
  2. Safety glasses holder
    Tired of dirt getting on your safety glasses in the shed? Protect them from getting dirty and scratched by keeping them in a sock when they're not being used.
  3. Car window defogger
    Are you hot stuff, always steaming up the windows? Fill a sock with cat litter - preferably unused. We don't want your car foggy and smelly! Tie a knot at the top of the sock, and slip another sock over it. Then place your new moisture absorber in your car to keep your windows clear.
  4. Windshield wiper ice-proof cover
    On those chilly days, slip socks over your windshield wipers. It'll keep them from freezing to your windshield.
  5. Cleaning rags
    Use socks as cleaning rags. Wash your car, scrub the shower, dust your furniture, etc. Got a fuzzy sock? Cover your Swiffer head and clean your floors.
  6. Draft stopper
    Keep drafts from getting under doors and windows by filling a sock with rice or stuffing and placing it up against the crack.
  7. Potpourri sachet
    Keep a room, gym bag, or closet smelling fresh by filling a sock with potpourri. Secure with a ribbon and stick it anywhere.
  8. Erasers
    Socks are great erasers for dry erase boards and chalkboards.
  9. Pain reliever
    Fill a sock with rice and secure the end by tying it up or sewing it shut. Heat in the microwave or cool in the freezer. You'll have a heating pillow, neck warmer, or an ice pack to relieve your aches and pains. Already have an ice pack, but don't like it on your bare skin? Slip a sock over your ice pack to make it more comfortable.
  10. Toy animal
    You can't go wrong with the classic sock puppet! But there's more where that came from. Make a stuffed animal like a sock monkey, penguin, or octopus. For a cute Christmas decoration, make a sock snowman.
  11. Bean bag
    Play games like hacky sack, bean bag toss, or tick-tack-toe with homemade bean bags. Fill socks with rice, beans, or beads, and sew them up.
  12. Pet toy
    Fill a sock with some catnip to entertain your feline, or roll it into a ball for a fun chew toy for your dog.
  13. Armband
    Take your phone with you wherever you go. Cut the foot off your sock, and slide the tube over your arm. Fold up the material and tuck your phone between the layers.
  14. Hair fashion
    Cut the toe off a sock and roll it up into a ring. It makes a cute hair scrunchie.
  15. Warm clothes
    Socks can do more than keep your feet warm on those cold, winter days. Cut the toes off your socks to make leg warmers, or sew two socks together to make ear warmers. You can also make a scarf by cutting the feet off of several socks and sewing the tubes together. Feeling really crafty? Make arm warmers. Cut a hole in the heel of each sock for your thumbs. Then cut the toes off the socks to expose your fingers around the knuckles.

Now that you know some of the ways you can reuse a sock, you can enjoy them a little longer. There's no use throwing something away that can still be used.

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