After the laundry is all done, there always seems to be a small pile of socks that the matches never show up for. Instead of throwing out those mismatched socks, find a way to use them in a different way around the house. This is a guide about uses for unmatched socks.
Having 5 young children it seems I am eternally ending up with "onesie" socks. I have been putting them to good use for my little ones by using them as a holder for ice pops and frozen yogurt in plastic sleeves. It protects their little hands from getting cold and sticky, as well as using up an item of clothing that I have no other use for!
By Robin from Belmont, MI
I would not do the egg carton candles. That dryer lint is flammable. I made candles for many years and can tell you when you add flammable items to candle wax it can cause a spitting type action that could spit flames out of the container and cause fires.
As for the lone socks these are things I have done with them:
- fill it with rice to heat in the m/w and drape over a sore neck or shoulder
- slide it on your hand and use it for dusting, cleaning glass or blinds, etc
- add them to handles on exercise equipment for cushioning
- fill it tightly with polyfill to make a "ham"; a rounded item for pressing
- seams on sleeves and rounded areas
One clean white sock? slide a 3" styro ball into the toe, follow with a roll of TP. Now tie a bow between ball and TP, add a scrap of knit or fabric for a hat and a couple of black buttons down the TP - instant snowman for the bathroom.
I use them when I oil my hands. Once a month I cover my hands and feet with olive oil, cover them in old socks and head for bed. It makes them very soft.
As a 71 year old pensioner I always purchase 12 identical pairs of sock. I don't often find I have an odd sock!
Single socks in your drawer? Use socks as pot holders. One fits over the handle of any fry pan and two are great for picking up hot casserole dishes from the oven or microwave.
Our cat loves to sleep on something that we use or have used. We had a bunch of odd socks and holey socks from years gone by. Originally I was going to make sock puppets but had a better idea.
Use your old socks to make dog toys. Buy some squeakers, you can buy them in bulk online. I found them on Amazon. Roll one in some socks to make a small ball. Stuff that in a long one and tie one or two knots in it. It lasts longer than all those toys. Squeakers are optional, but the dogs like the hanging parts that flip around.
I used to recycle old socks by cutting the toe section off, then sliding the sock over my children's bottles, sippy cups, juice boxes or canned drinks. This helps keep little hands from getting cold.
I have a great tip for those who don't know what to do with those pesky lonely socks and mittens that we all have. I have 3 fantastic girls but they are always losing their mates.
If you are like me, you are constantly losing the mates to socks in the washer and dryer. Take a pair of your husband's mismatched tube socks and cut it off where the ribbing starts.
I discovered about a hundred (no kidding) unmatched socks this morning, all of different kinds and sizes. Does anyone have any idea what I can do with them before I'm forced to throw them all away? Most of them are still in pretty good shape, they just lack a partner. Thanks for the ideas! I'm open to anything.
Well, I would use a unmatched sock for a duster. Put the end on a mop or rounded broom and you can dust the roof or ceiling fans. Also could make great dishclothes or soap holders for soap when you need it. Just buy some elastic or crochet a hanged for the sock so you can hang around you while you shower. Another idea is to use to hold your crochet needles or double pointed needles. or cut the top out and make a change purse out of the foot part of the sock. Also you could just wear the unmatched sock as feet warmers at night. Or dyed the sock to make them match. That all my ideas.
You may think this is silly, but when I was a young teenager--before I learned to sew--I had several medium sized dolls, not Barbies. I didn't play with them any more, but I wanted to make clothes for them. The toe of a sock made great panties for my dolls. The stretchy part at the top made cute t-shirts by cutting two arm holes. Dresses could be made the same way as the t-shirt, just longer. I would use a needle to weave crochet thread or yarn at the waist for a belt. I also made stocking caps for the dolls by cutting the toe part and then folding or rolling the brim. A swimming suit was made by cutting the holes in the toe for the legs, then measuring to make sure the sock would go up over the bossum, then at the top of the bossum, cutting on up the sock so that there were ties for the shoulders. I didn't really do any sewing, just some creative cutting. This is something a younger child could do. I also made clothes for my little brother to put on his stuffed animals. These things weren't much by today's standards, but I had fun doing it and my dolls had lots of clothes. For a girl who was dirt poor, my dolls were never lacking for something to wear. Dianne
I cut off the bottom of socks just above the heel to put over my kid's water bottles to soak us the wetness from the bottle sweating. It saves papers, shoes, and whatever else your kids put in their backpack or gym bag from getting soaking wet.
I was needing to pack some highly breakable items they are very sentimental to me and I didn't want them to break while I have to store them. I didn't have bubble wrap or newspaper but I did have a million old socks so I decided to use them for my packaging.
I am the proud owner of a large trash bag of widowed and orphaned socks--all colors, all sizes. Although Erma Bombeck would have known where to search for the mates, we've lost her and are on our own. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to use these single socks--or is there anyone who would like this bag for quilting scraps or something? Thanks.
Kathleen in Dallas
My grandmother always said she had a "one-footed, sock stealing monster" living in her dryer. We often ended up using the single socks as rags for cleaning around the house. But as I got older, I realized the fabric of the sock worked great for removing nail polish off of my fingernails. It saved a lot of money in cotton balls and it could be re-used. I know it sounds funny but it really works! Or, sock puppets are always fun. Just add some feathers or googly eyes and you can entertain young kids for hours!
I stuff a tennis ball in one and my dog will play with it for the longest trying to get the ball out.
When filling the gas tank on my vehicle I seem to always get the smell of gas on my hands. For years I carried a pair of gloves to wear just for this and slipped them in a plastic bag in between fill ups, now and then I would take them in and wash them.
When your kids go out to play in the snow let them wear pairs of unmated socks, probably more then one to keep warmer. Then when they come in just let them put on the regular mated socks.
To keep your frozen water bottle frozen longer during the day, put it into one of those spare socks that have no mate. I was surprised at how much longer the water stayed frozen.
This is a guide about uses for old socks. Whether it is worn out or you can't locate the matching sock, there are many ways socks can be useful around the house or used in crafts.
Little hands seem to have a hard time holding on to and using sponge or other type erasers that come with chalk boards. Slip one of the child's old socks (or new!) over the hand he is not using to write with.
A couple more uses for those single socks. Cut the cuff section plus 3 inches or so and slip it cuff end up over the top of dish detergent bottles.