Have a plethora of old or mismatched socks and don’t know what to do with them? If you have a basket full of socks you can’t wear, or are holding onto socks that lost their mate months ago, why not turn these socks into something you can use?
Socks make great washcloths. Turn old or holey socks inside out so you have the abrasive side for washing dishes with. Put your hand inside the sock and wash your dishes like you would with a washcloth. You can’t drop a sock on your hand in the sink, and the inside of the sock is abrasive enough to wipe out food particles. What’s better is you can get down in smaller crevices like the edges of containers with a sock on your hand rather than a washcloth. You get more scrub ability.
Socks are also great for washing your car so you aren’t using your nice towels to get off bug splatters and bird crap.
Turn old socks into cat and dog toys so you don’t have to buy them new things. Stuff old socks with newspaper and tie them closed, or tie a bunch of socks together and put knots in them to give your dog a chew toy that they can tear apart for entertainment. Beats them chewing up your kids’ toys. For cats, tie ribbons around a sock and fill it with crinkly wax paper so when your kitty bats it around it crackles and keeps your cat’s attention.
Another fun dog toy? A tube sock with a tennis ball in it. You can whip this toy long distances and when your dog retrieves it, it’s time for tug-o-war!
Fill mismatched, still decent socks with potpourri and tie off the remaining end with a bow to give as gifts. Sew on lace around the edge and put a material patch over the obvious heel, or glue on a large flower or jewel. Or place these “potpourri pillows” under car seats, in closets, or set them on your table to scent your home.
Fill old socks with rice or popcorn kernels that won’t turn into popcorn when heated and you have instant heating pads. A sock filled with rice or popcorn kernels and tied off placed in the microwave for 5 minutes provides a great heating pad. Freeze rice-filled socks in the freezer for a great ice pack as well.
You can also fill two socks with equal amounts of rice and then tie the socks together. Use this “rice sack” to drape over your shoulders to relieve neck pain and shoulder aches. The pressure takes strain off your neck after a long day and helps you relax. A cheap alternative to the chiropractor.
The possibilities are endless! Put your old and mismatched socks to good use instead of tossing them out.