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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 page about uses for unmatched socks.
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By 24 found this helpful
May 28, 2010

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

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January 9, 2009

Do you ever wonder what happens to the socks that go in a pair and come out a single? Well, instead of doing the sock puppet route, I use them for other things.

Enjoy!

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By Sandra from Salem, OR

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By 2 found this helpful
August 12, 2010

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. You can easily slip them over your hands especially men's size.

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By Avis from Boulder, CO

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January 21, 20052 found this helpful

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. A quick tip I found to keep gloves and mittens together is to tie a few strings to a hanger and place large paper clips on the ends. The pair of mittens easily slide on the paper clip and they are mated and drying in no time.

However for those that have totally lost their mate I pick similar colors or totally different to make a pair. I take some fabric paint or appliques which ever sounds fun. Most of the time I use pieces of fabric left around the house and decorate as loud and flamboyant and I like. my girls think they are just the cutest and want to wear them all the time. Even with the socks.

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I took a white and black sock, making sure that they were about the same size. I tied black ribbons all over the white sock and white ribbons all over the black sock. my middle daughter, who is 9, didn't want to take them off. Even my 12 year old thinks they are cool.

I also will use those cute socks with the decorations sewn in such as frogs as patches on my oldest daughters jeans. Most jeans today are stretchy so when you patch them with a non stretchy fabric it just seems to come out. Cut the sock and use as a patch. She now has a pair of jeans with frogs on the knees, and a matching pair of socks, one green, one black, with those buggy frog eyes all over them.

Hope you have fun with this. it is really a treat for the kids and a great friend maker.

Melissa from NY

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By 4 found this helpful
July 15, 2009

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.

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By 2 found this helpful
August 18, 2011

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.

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November 23, 2009

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.

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By 1 found this helpful
February 1, 2012

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.

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September 20, 20041 found this helpful

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.

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March 10, 2017

If you have mismatch socks, socks with holes, or the elastic of your socks is stretched out - you can reuse the socks to clean around your house and car.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 11, 2009

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.

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February 1, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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January 8, 2009

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.

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December 16, 20040 found this helpful

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.

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Kathleen in Dallas

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December 16, 20040 found this helpful

Could you donate them to a daycare or preschool for sock puppet making?

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December 16, 20040 found this helpful

An idea I read on this site, and am planning to try, is to take the longer socks and fill them with fiberfill or other stuffing and use for stopping air leaks at the bottoms of doors. I just haven't gotten around to doing it yet!

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December 16, 20040 found this helpful

Use them to dust! Slip one over your hand, spray and wipe!

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December 16, 20040 found this helpful

If you have a small loom you can cut them into strips(the short way to form loops) and weave pot holders. Another idea is to again cut them the short way and weave a rug. I have done both of these ideas and they work out great.

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For the rug you take one loop(lets call it red) slip it over the index finger,twist it and slip over the middle finger, twist it and slip it over the ring finger, and the same for the pinky. Do the same with a second loop(we'll call this one blue). When done grab the bottom red loop of the index finger and and slip it up and over the top of your finger. This makes a "LOCK" over the blue loops. Do this all the way to the pinky. Slip on a red loop as done above and then slip the blue loops over. Continue doing this till the peice reaches about 6 feet in length. lay it flat and coil it. As you coil you are going to stitch the coil together to hold it in place. VIOLA !! A rug.
Sally

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By Mari. (Guest Post)
December 16, 20040 found this helpful

If you use a food saver and canning jars, slip one over each jar to limit the jars getting broken in the freezer from getting bumped. Also if they do get broken, the pieces are contained in the sock.

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By Glynda Lomax (Guest Post)
December 16, 20040 found this helpful

If you cut off the feet, they make great legwarmers for babies.

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By Paula W (Guest Post)
December 16, 20040 found this helpful

For crafts--sock puppets and also cute animal theme beanbags that are easy for kids to fill and stitch (older kids) or have adult hot glue closed (for younger kids).

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For cleaning purposes, I have a bag of odd socks hanging in the laundry room and also a long 1/2" dowel. When the narrow space between my fridge and cabinets gets full of dust that I can see but can't reach, I place a sock over the end of the dowel and secore the top of the sock with a rubber band wrapped tight enough to hold. Then I am able to spray the sock lightly with cleaner and wipe up all the dust and also any spills that have gone down the side of the fridge. I use the dowel and sock under my entertainment center and big pieces of furniture that are hard to get under otherwise. When I'm through, I throw the sock away as there are many more where that one came from.

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By Carol (Guest Post)
December 17, 20040 found this helpful

When we were children Mom saved all of the mis-matched sock for the winter. When we went out side we would double up our socks to keep our feet warm. There were four of us so just to have enough socks to go around we used any we could find and who care if the socks matched...

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By Enid (Guest Post)
December 18, 20040 found this helpful

I use the socks that have lost their mates to make pet beds. My dogs love to get their new beds stuffed with these socks. They are launderable and fluffy!

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December 18, 20040 found this helpful

Slit them from the toe through the heel and up to the top. Use them for cleaning rags. You can rewash and reuse or use once, and toss them out. I keep a bagful in my woodworking shop to wipe off excess glue or paint spills, etc.
Harlean from Arkansas

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 1, 20050 found this helpful

Put potpourri in socks and use as a drawer freshener or can be placed in shoes for a shoe freshener.

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
January 22, 20050 found this helpful

cut off the tops and stuff with fiber fill, and sew together making a quilt.. You can mount them on a blanket or once filled make the old fashion quilt with the batting and adding a backing... either of the ways work... OR you can stuff them sew them closed and sandwich them between two layers of material as the quilt batting. Just create as you go... its fun...

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By 0 found this helpful
April 15, 2009

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.

By ramona

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November 5, 20111 found this helpful

This is a page about making a sock snowman. With some simple accessories, you can turn a plain sock into an adorable snowman. They are cute decorations for around the house and make great gifts too.

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February 22, 20180 found this helpful

Mismatched socks are perfect for covering recycled cans to make containers for pens and other items. This is a page about making a sock covered can holder.

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October 9, 20140 found this helpful

This is a page 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.

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September 30, 20120 found this helpful

This is a page about making a sock puppet. Sock puppets are fun to make and even more fun for your little ones to play with.

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May 28, 20100 found this helpful

Uses For Single Socks

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. Keeps wet hands from dropping the bottle and catches drips. Just throw it in the wash now and then.

Another use has served me well with all the time on the computer the skin on my wrist has gotten very sore. I cut the cuff plus the heel off, then cut a hole for my thumb out of the heel, slipped it over my thumb cuff first and wrist and viola no more sore wrist.

I also use the toe end for a cozie on bottles or cans. My sister even sewed lace to the top of a black sock.

For years I have put that last small bit of bath soap in the toe end of a sock, now I am using both ends.

Source: Necessity is the mother of all inventions someone said!

By Ann from Loup City, NE

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Uses For Single Socks

They also made great rags to stick your hand in and wash your vehicles, use when filling your gas tank (throw it away or keep it for next time, wash and reuse it). Storing winter onions in, just hang from a nail and drop in the onions. Sock puppets are super fun to make with the kids. Mittens in an emergency box in the trunk of your car. Storing marbles or other small toys and extension cords. (12/13/2009)

By Ann Winberg

Uses For Single Socks

Really good ideas! However, personally I would not use around a dish soap bottle. The thought of having just washed poultry or fish then picking the bottle up to wash my hands and possible bacteria growing on the fabric before the next hand washing kind of creeps me out :-( The thought of even picking up the bottle at all bothered me enough a long time ago that I use a pump dispenser and use my wrist to dispense the soap. (12/13/2009)

By Deeli

Uses For Single Socks

All 3 of you have some wonderful ideas! Thank you all for sharing them and have a very Merry CHRISTmas!

God Bless, Sheila in Springfield, IL (12/13/2009)

By Sheila Saey

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December 11, 20090 found this helpful

I have a zillion socks that have NO mates. I hate to throw things out and have been wondering if anyone out there can give me some ideas on how to recycle them into useful items or gifts or whatever!

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