Use old socks. . .

Israel
February 22, 2009 8:29am CST
Instead of buying new sponges, use old socks to clean the tiles in the bathroom and kitchen! Then I wash them and I use all the old "oneies" and I save money on synthetic sponges, not the least the "wonder sponge" which falls apart the more you use it! What do you think?
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
22 Feb 09
That is a neat idea to do with old socks. I put long grain rice in a tube sock, tie the open end in a knot and then I have a rice bag. I put this in the microwave and heat it up. Then I can put the hot rice bag on sore tight muscles or across my forehead when I have a migraine. The heat opens the blood vessels and relieves pain without medicines. Try it. This saves a lot of money that I would normally spend on medicines. I also use old socks to polish the dash of my car. They are also real good when cleaning my leather coats, purses, etc.
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
27 Feb 09
That's an interesting use for old socks? I'd never thought of that. I'm usually at a loss on what to do with ONE sock when the other one has worn a hole and needs tossed. Thanks for the tip!
• Canada
27 Feb 09
that is a great tip as the dryer seems to eat our socks all the time and have many displaced ones
@reneerose (106)
• United States
27 Feb 09
TERRIFIC IDEA!!! I have 7 children and we have an entire laundry basket full of lonely socks with no mates.... this is a great idea for using some of them.... I bet they make good mitten dusters for the little kids to help mom, too!
• United States
27 Feb 09
I make a lot of our old clothes into rags. Socks make great gloves for dusting, T shirts make good cleaning rags and car wash rags. Why spend the money when you can just cut up a peice or material that you would otherwise just throw away.
• Philippines
23 Feb 09
yeah you're right. That's a better idea to save money from buying those sponges. It's not actually the kind of sponge that you use in cleaning that will make a better result, but it's how one cleans that will give a better result. Cleaning the tiles needs more patience and a lot of efforts but I love to do it.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
23 Feb 09
Great idea. I have not used our single socks for much becasue I keep hoping the mates will turn up eventually (my kids often cram laundry under their beds, lol). I do reuse other worn out clothes not fit to be donated to a thrift store. I mostly use them as rags for cleaning around the house. We almost never buy paper towel, maybe one or two rolls a year.
• Romania
23 Feb 09
good idea
@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
23 Feb 09
We've done this ever since I was little! Well, that and turn 'em into doll clothes and blankets. Anyways, it's a great idea of course. Why waste perfectly good sponges and handtowels when you've perfectly good torn up socks lying around?
• United States
22 Feb 09
I use mine to dust. They work great to wipe down the television and furniture and the thick wool socks are great to use in the bathroom, wiping down the shower tiles and the sink. You don't have to throw them in the wash, just scrub in the sink and hang out on the line and they're ready to be re-used. Anything that can be re-used as something else and save money is worthwhile in my book! Great thread!!
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I use the old white athletic socks for dusting. It's nice because they fit right over your hand and you can get into the crevices on something...then when I'm done dusting, I store it with the sock right over the can (like you would a foot lol) One thing I do is when a sock has been added to the cleaning cloths bag is to add a big X on the top cuff with a permanent marker so I know it doesn't have a mate or get returned to the sock drawer. Another thing I do with the old socks is to cut the foot part off. When I'm cleaning the shower stall, or anything upright (or above me) it keeps the drips from coming down into the sleeve of my shirt hahaha. I have a bin I put them in after using them, and then when I get enough for a load, I'll do a load of cleaning rags and NOT put in the fabric softener. (I find when I put in softener it doesn't let the material soak up as much water.) It's nice to recycle like this and let an item that would normally be discarded still be useful.