How Can You Re-Use or Re-Purpose Socks?

October 9, 2011 View all articles in Re-Use-It

They stretch bigger and bigger and lose elasticity with each wash, they get holes in the toes and heels, and they become dingy and lose color over time. So what are you supposed to do with your socks when they've worn out the purpose of keeping your feet warm? Do you throw them in the garbage? Or do you just hope they'll disappear in the dryer? Well, it may surprise you to know that socks can live on to be reused in a number of different ways after they're deemed unsuitable for wearing.


  • Bigger socks can be used to cover your shoes when you're painting or doing messy work in or outside of the home.
  • You can also cover your shoes with old socks to preserve the leather.
  • If you have a catnip-loving feline at home, fill a sock with the perennial herbal and sew or tie up the end. Hours and hours of cat entertainment is just minutes away!
  • Use old socks as mittens when working in your garden to protect your hands and keep them clean.
  • Use an old sock as a wash mitt when cleaning the interior or exterior of your car!
  • Put a bar of soap inside an old sock and knot the end, then keep it tied around the faucet of your mudroom, laundry room, or outdoor sink. It's perfect for washing your hands after gardening or working on your car.
  • Keep a box of old socks (laundered, of course) for dusting. Just spray some furniture polish on the sock, put your hand inside, and dust all those hard-to-reach corners and crevices. Put them through the washing machine in between uses.
  • Tie a few old socks together and make a tug-of-war chew toy for your dog. Make sure to put a big knot at both ends so they have more to grab onto.
  • Stop drafts from coming through your door this winter by filling a tube of fabric with old socks and sewing it closed.
  • Follow the instructions provided by Tip Nut to make natural, moth-repelling sock sachets.
  • Take an old knee-high sock, fill it with white rice, and tie the end closed. When you have an aching, sore, or tight muscle, place the sock in the microwave and place it around your neck, on your arm, or wherever relief is needed.
  • Cut old socks into long strips and use them to tie your plants to posts so they'll stay straight and grow strong.
  • Cut the feet off old socks and use them as leg warmers that you can wear underneath jeans and pants.
  • Fill old socks with lotion, then put the socks on your hands or feet before going to bed. Your hands and feet will be moisturized by morning!
  • If you have a muscle cramp or charley horse, put a tennis ball in an old sock, then lie down and place the ball underneath your leg. Roll your leg back and forth and let the ball apply pressure to the sore area until the pain eases.


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