Uses for Old Socks

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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. This is a page about uses for old socks.


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August 29, 2007

Uses for wool socks. Cut off the bottom part & use it as leg warmers or the men could wear it under their pants in the winter as an extra layer for warmth.

Pair of gray wool socks

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November 17, 2010

Instead of throwing away old worn socks, I keep them to use for really "nasty cleaning". Just put them on your hand, clean your spot, then turn them back wrong side out over your hand and dispose of them at that time. It is just a frugal way to get "one last use" from your socks.

By Monique from Fort Vermilion, Alberta

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October 7, 2008

My son goes through a lot of white socks. Instead of throwing them away, I cut off the ribbing about 1 inch towards the heel. These are great to protect your arms when washing walls above your head and painting, all kinds of messies. I keep some under the kitchen and bathrooms sink and some in my container with my painting supplies. These are adult sized socks.


By Margie from Wareham, MA

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February 27, 2016

Anyone know of ways to reuse or repurpose socks? I have a lot of men's socks not being used, so ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.


February 27, 20161 found this helpful

We frequently use old socks:
Husband (biologist) uses them in live trapping small wiggly animals-mice, birds, etc. He wraps them in old socks and checks for health-lice, fleas, etc., then releases them.
He wraps tools in socks for transit to avoid damage.
Cover glass and other small breakables for moving.
Use them in RV to store small breakables in transit.


Stuff crochet yarn and tools in socks for transit.
Wrap breakables in the RV fridge for travel.
Wrap collections for travel/storage (avoids moisture problems using plastic bags)-nature & archaeology: pot shards, bones, shells, pine cones, small branches, seeds etc.

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February 28, 20160 found this helpful

They make terrific dusting cloths. Put them on one or both hands and go for it.
Cut off the foot and use the top of the sock to keep wrist and arms warmer. This is especially great if you have arthritis in those areas.
If you are crafty, make sock toys like an octopus. Stuffy pet rocks are particularly easy. Use the cut off foot from the other idea, stuff it (perhaps with more socks), the lumpier the better then fabric paint or embroider eyes, nose and mouth on it.


Double them up and use as pot handle holders, with or without the foot. If you remove the foot, stitch across the open bottom.

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February 28, 20160 found this helpful

Put barley and a sprig of lavender in it and tie or sew the end closed. Heat for 2 minutes when needed for sore muscles or warming up your feet on cold night s.

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February 28, 20160 found this helpful

If they are still serviceable, you can donate them to a homeless shelter in your area. I'm sure they would be appreciated.

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February 28, 2017

Repurpose sock tops to help keep your arms warm on cold days. This is a page about sock tops for arm warmers.

Sock Tops for Arm Warmers

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February 28, 2017

We all have mismatched sock stashes and socks with holes in the feet. Rather that discarding them consider the many uses for sock tops shared on this page.

A pair of socks with a hole in the toe.

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October 11, 2016

This is a page about uses for wool socks. Once your woolen socks are worn out, you can repurpose them in a variety other ways.

Pair of wool socks isolated on white

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