When do you throw away your socks?

United States
June 25, 2009 10:19am CST
Will you still wear your socks if they have a small hole in them? How long will you keep a sock that doesn't have a match? The bottom of my laundry basket is lined with mis-matched socks. I throw them away every so often, but I don't want to throw them away today and then find it's mate at the bottom of my dirty clothes pile tomorrow.. you know? That's why I keep them in the clean clothes basket and wait to see if it ever finds it's mate! As far as holes... with 7 people in this house, we have to ignore small holes! I throw away the kid's socks when there is more hole than sock. I throw away my own socks when I get a small hole, but I don't get holes in mine as often as my kids (especially the boys) do.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I used to keep my socks until they were about falling apart. I would wear them with holes in them and if they did not have mates then I would keep them in hopes of finding a match. I bought a bunch of new socks several months ago that were all the same and threw out ALL the old socks. Then of course my daughter comes home from daddy's with at least a dozen pairs of socks that are all pretty and different colors and I have the mismatched sock problem with her again.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
25 Jun 09
If it is just a small hole then we just let it go for awhile. My kids socks don't seem to make it that far. They usually get too dirty to wear before they get too holey. They don't seem to get that they can't wear their socks on the basement steps or outside on the porch and not get them so dirty they can't wear them anywhere but here.
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25 Jun 09
I have a draw full of odd socks, which never get thrown away. Being the tight wad that I am I usually end up using them as make shift dusters. They are also useful for sticking over the end of your vacuum hose when you want to clean up something which has loose parts or for finding small objects hidden in the carpet. As for holey socks, well my big toe is sticking out of one of my socks right now and to be honest it doesn't bother me when I am just wearing them round the home.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
25 Jun 09
Haha we are very alike, I too have a laundry basket FULL of odd socks, I sort through them every so often to see if I can find a match. I figure that really some should be thrown away but I always think that if I throw them away I will find the other one so I keep them in my basket!!
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@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
25 Jun 09
well i dont throw socks, some will not have pair, but its because it got lost somewhere here in my house... lol... me and my family are not fussy about socks, we still wear them even with holes, nobody will see it anyway as it will be covered with shoes. sometimes i wear them even if they are not the same pair... and now most of our socks are not that elastic anymore... i bought 6 pairs two weeks ago, but thats because my its school day here again and my daughter said her socks are falling and not sticking to her legs...
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
26 Jun 09
Socks is probabaly the worst thing of all the clothing you have. Either they disapear, or have holes in them. I am not keen to wear socks with holes in them so I get those in the trash can. However, my son asked me where his socks were a week ago, and I said well perhaps it is time to clean your room...but he stated that he had no socks in there and that he had to buy new once. Anyway, he did clean his room and he found his socks...all of them. So now he has a draw full of socks again.
25 Jun 09
I am really fussy about socks and as soon as they get a hole in them I throw the pair away no matter how small the hole is!! lol
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
I throw away my socks if it has holes and it is not fit anymore to my feet. I try to sew some small holes if the hole is too big and I can't do some remedy thats the time that I throw aways my socks.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Jun 09
My hubby throws socks away when the heels get a hole or his big toe pops through the top then he tosses them. I don't get alot of holey socks unless a nail grabs hold and tears them. Has to be a hole that is at least 2-3 inch in diameter to be tossed.
• Canada
26 Jun 09
Well a small hole in my sock doesn't mayyer to me. If a certain sock doesn't have a match it doesn't matter either cause i ain't walkin around shoeless all day so every1 can see that my socks don't match and usually when i am shoeless am at home. Keep socks as long as you can. Socks are money wasters if you still got sum.
• United States
26 Jun 09
I usually dont match my socks anyways. My socks usually dont make it to holes. I buy a new package of socks almost every month.
@arkansos (546)
• India
26 Jun 09
I throw them away when they get holey. They generally get bigger by the day and one day, at an important date, I'd be stuck with a large hole and all my leg fingers get through them and I feel all uncomfortable. Murphy's Law. So I dump them as soon as they get a hole
• United States
26 Jun 09
The holes I keep til I cannot sew them anymore. Mismatches I keep til I find a match because I have so much in bins ect thing are scattered sometimes in more than one spot
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
26 Jun 09
In my house, socks get thrown away when they have big holes in them, or they are stretched out to the point of no return. We have 4 kids and the two of us..6 of us in all, we just cannot afford to throw socks away until there is no other choice. I think that we buy new ones about every 6 months to replace the ones that we have had to throw away, but, we still have a lot. I have threatened to throw them all away because no one else seems to want to help mate them though. LOL
@orevro (716)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
i haven't worn a sock since i was in college but i still have them inside my closet! :) some have holes in them while others, because of time, they have stains in them. Some don't even fit me anymore:) thank you for posting, this reminded me that i have to clean my closet! lol
@candy2306 (577)
• India
26 Jun 09
Hi dear! I throw my socks away. I usually throw them when I have no more place to amend the holes. For the odd ones which seperated with it's partner, I too like you keep it clean in the clean clothes laundry. In a day or two, it will show up!
• Netherlands
26 Jun 09
This is a funny one, thanks for starting this katsmeow. Well, I throw my socks when they have holes already or the sole is already too thin. I also dont like using loose socks because socks tend to loosen up when they have been used for a long time. The think socks are always the first ones to go because they breaks easily especially when you are very active. I used to run and play sports so socks doesnt last long with me. But I am also fond of buying socks especially the ones that comes in a bundle of three or more.
@airakumar (1555)
• India
26 Jun 09
If there is anything wrong in m,y sock I just throw it.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
26 Jun 09
socks - I usually wear my socks with some small holes because I will mend the holes. But when it is big, I throw it away.
Hello katsmeow. I usually wear the socks if it is only a small hole. I will fix the hole and then it will last some time before a big hole comes. Then I throw it away.
@buitzh (76)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
when my socks do wear off . normally i throw it away. but my mom do find it usable especially as a rug or just by simply using it on her orchid stand. making it as a tight thread. well.. i never knew it would be that usable after which using it for a time 'til it wears off. i guess, creativeness go give much use to any kind of materials you can find.
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
for me i will not throw away my socks if there is small hole i wil swing the hole coz its a small if the socks is not losttread the garter i will wear the socks the small hole i will sewing that thats all thank you
@dmark5 (41)
• Portugal
25 Jun 09
in here, almost times is " where the pair of this socks" and if is dissapearing it going to garbage