Why socks seem to wear out fast, I don’t know, where the other half disappears to is another mystery. So what do you do with 1/2 pairs of socks and ones that have big holes?
My friend Madeleine of Optique of Denver sent me a picture of a sock bouquet that was absolutely fun and a great reuse of socks, which got me to thinking about reusing socks.
The best thing you can do is Donate
- Hannahs Socks
- Operation Warm Feet
- Google donate socks and your city and other resources will show up.
62 Ways to Reuse Socks
1.) Use for dusting mitts- perfect for blinds, hard to reach spots, fireplaces
2.) Put on the bottom of chairs, tables to prevent stratching or help in moving.
3.) Use for stuffing pillows
4.) Make toys, such a puppets
5.) Make Animal toys for pets
6.) Sew Together and Make New Socks
7.) Use a covering for storing shoes or protecting shoes
8.) Use as a soap on a rope
9.) Cut off the toes and use as leg warmers or arm warmers
10.) Neck Warmer: Take a clean knee high sock and fill it with cheap white rice. Tie off the open end into a knot. Then, place the rice-filled sock in your microwave and heat it for two to four minutes. Remove the sock and place it around your neck, on your arm or leg- anywhere you have an aching muscle. When the rice cools down, reheat as needed
11.) Cut apart and use as tie strips for the garden
12.) Cut up and use as tie strips for the hair
13.) Make a Moth Ball bag
14.) Rough feet and hands- spread vaseline on your feet and put on old socks. Sleep with them and by the next morning your feet will be softer.
15.) Don’t buy slippers, just use your old socks.
16.) Use for Back Pain: Tie a large knot- the size of a tennis ball- in an old knee sock. Then, lie down flat and place the knot underneath your leg where you feel the pain. Roll gently back and forth and let the recycled sock apply pressure to the sore area until the pain lets up.
17.) Make Doll clothes
18.) Use For Potted Plants
19.) Make washcloths
20.) Use for shoe polishers
21.) Make Sanitary Napkins
22.) Make Hair Curlers
23.) Use for Cold Compress: Put ice in the socks, you can also freeze socks
24.) Cut the toes from the socks, then sew the socks together in a long tube. Stuff the tubes with dryer lint and use as a door-stopper.
26.) Cold Days- Use a mitten liners or make gloves
27.) Use a storage for small toys that get lost
28.) Make a change purse, sew up the hole and stick your change or tokens in.
29.) Make a homemade Hacky Sack
30.) Make a drink cozy. cut off the bottom and slip the drink into the sock
31.) Keep pets feet warm
32.) Make a horse bandage.
33.) Make your own bandage. I have done this numerous times for cuts on my arms and legs.
34.) Make a quilt
35.) Use for washing cars, bikes
36.) Make Draft Protectors. Fill a long sock (knee-high is good) with beans, rice, or other spare filling that you have around the house. Sew or tie up one end and you have an instant, rounded draft protector.
37.) Make a jump rope, tie all the socks together.
38.) Use for packing away glasses. can stuff in glasses.
39.) Use for potpourri holders in dressers and closets. Sew up the holes and put in your favorite aromas.
40.) Wear different socks, if you have 2 unmatched pairs.
41.) Use for exercise: Sew up the holes, put in rice, beans and use for weight- lifting.
42.) Use for appliques on clothing. (Monkey Dress)
43.) Use in the pantry: For messy bottles, just cut the bottom out and slip over messy bottles.
44.) Make a plant hanger
45.) Make an eyeglass case
46.) Use for scarecrows in the Garden
47.) Make Art
48.) Store crayons, magic markers etc..
49.) Shoe Freshener- Stuff with baking soda and put inside stinky shoes
50.) Have a whiteboard- Old socks are good erasers.
51.) Make a Paperweight
52.) Make a wristband or sweatband.
53.) Use old socks to use as a wrist support for typing on computer. Fill to comfort with split peas, lentils, or rice and then sew the end up and place either for wrist support for key board, or make a smaller one to use for comfort support for your wrist when using mouse.
54.) Make Christmas Ornaments
55.) Decorate Vases
56.) Sew Together to Make A Scarf
57.) Make a garden
58.) Make A Sculpture
59.) Store Your iPod
60.) Wrap your belongings in when travelling
61.) Use as a hankerchief
62.) Make a Sock Bouquet