New use for that odd sock!

United States
February 5, 2008 2:57pm CST
We all know that socks never come from the dryer in pairs, there is always an odd one or two! I toss them on a shelf above the dryer in hopes that their mates will one day reappear, but alas, they seldom do! My neighbor has the neatest use for the odd socks! She has tied on onto her outdoor faucet. Before tying the sock to the faucet she put a bar of soap down in the sock. Now when she is outdoors and her hands get dirty from gardening, taking out trash or whatever, she can wash her hands! How do you use your odd socks?
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I often cut the toe/heel part off and save that big cuff part. When I'm washing walls, ceilings, or anything that is vertical and higher than shoulder level, I slide one cuff part over each wrist. Then when I'm working any water drips onto the cuff and not down my arm getting me all wet. I also use them for some cleaning jobs. I like to use the old thick cotton socks for dusting...just slide it on, spray with the dusting spray, and dust away. Another good use is for cleaning blinds, or chandeliers with those little pain-in-the-butt glass blobs. Having a sock with the cleaning solution on it lets your fingers clean all the way around and is easier than a sponge, then on the other hand you have a dry cotton sock to dry it off with. When I've relegated a sock into cleaning service, I take a wide permanent black marker and put an X on the toe so it won't end up back in the good sock pile.
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• Canada
5 Feb 08
Another fabulous idea.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
Ooohh, I like the big black X idea! Great ideas for the use of the odd socks! I absolutely hate getting wet with cleaning solutions when I am cleaning overhead!
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@madlees (1381)
• India
6 Feb 08
That is a very cool idea. I had never thought about this at all.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
5 Feb 08
Well now that is a nifty idea. I'm old and stupid I just throw the old socks out, but the outdoor faucet trick I will do. That's awesome Thanks.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I love that idea too, I'm going to do it to both the outdoor faucets. That is such a clever idea!!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
5 Feb 08
That is a cool idea. I am ashamed to say that we sometimes wear socks that are not mates around the house. My husband even wears them to work. He had on his hightop steel toes boots and you cant see them. They keep him warm just like the ones that are mates. LOL
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@ebsharer (5516)
• United States
5 Feb 08
socks - odd socks
I give the socks to my daughter to make barbie clothes. It works out great and she gets to be creative and make her own clothes which she loves. I also use old socks to dust, clean windows, or clean other things with. One more thing is I put them on my dog before she goes outside that way when she comes in she doesn't track mud all over the place.
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• United States
5 Feb 08
What a great idea! I shall borrow that one if it is OK with her. Up until now I just used them as dusters.
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• Canada
5 Feb 08
Thats a neat idea smart, me I use my odd socks for dusting , even scrubbing the floor and cleaning the bathroom , around the botom ofthe toilet stuff like that..
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@GardenGerty (115215)
• United States
6 Feb 08
My favorite sock use, especially right now, is to fill it with cheap white rice, sew it shut, and warm that sock full of rice in the microwave two or three minutes. It is a hot pack that will soothe and warm you like nothing else. I like to put a little essential oils on the sock for aroma therapy as well.
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• United States
12 Feb 08
Great idea gerty! They sell something similar to that at local craft shows each summer for 15 dollars! I like your free idea better!
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I use them for the usual things as everyone else has said but I'm so cheap--I use them as a lint trap for my washer hose where the water drains. I'm too much of a skinflint to spend a couple bucks on the ones in stores! They make great dog toys, too, when you knot them up and put squeakers (from old broken dog toys) in them. Be sure they're clean so the dog doesn't get scent of your feet and think he can play with your good socks! Socks make great washrags for cleaning your drinking glasses, too. And if the glass breaks while you're washing it with the sock over your hand, that's just extra protection for you. I also use socks to put my water bottles in when I carry them in the car. That way, the cup holders don't get all full of water from the sweat on the bottles. I freeze my bottles 1/4 way full so I can have cold water (I know some say that's bad for you but so is everything else!) and got tired of the wet mess. They also make great pot holders if you double them up. I wouldn't be surprised if someone started selling single socks for all the purposes we've all listed. I bet they'd actually sell!
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
6 Feb 08
WEll, gee, I used to throw them away, but now I know what to do with them!! THANKS!!!
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• Philippines
6 Feb 08
Wow that is neat. Well my mom used it on plants before to tie them together and so does my mother in law...sometimes we use it as rags...most of the times I just include them in the clothes I give away in case they need rags. ;P
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
6 Feb 08
That is an awesome idea, except if she is gardening, how does she water the plants? Unless I had two faucets, it wouldn't be practical to do that. Now if I had kids over and they were eating something messy like ice cream, I would do that so they can quickly clean up without having to drip inside the house..
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I cut off the toe of the sock & roll it so it looks like a donut. Then I put my hair in a pony tail & stick it through the donut sock, spread the hair over the sock donut to hide it & put a scrunchy on it to keep it in place- it makes for a nice looking "bun" & you look like you have thicker hair. I don't know if I explained it very well, but I tried.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I use odd socks and ones that start to get holey for cleaning. They are great for dusting, and also for washing the car inside and out. I also will slide on over the end of a broom stick to get at cobwebs that are high in the corners of the ceiling, works great! I am short and hate ladders so this works really well for me.
@gemini_rose (16192)
6 Feb 08
What a brilliant idea for using odd socks!! I just dont understand how a pair of socks goes into a washing machine as a pair, they go into a tumble dryer as a pair, then you take them out and they are odd and you cant find the other!! I have millions of them in the tumble dryer all waiting for their partner to come back to them and they never do!!
@angel08 (120)
• Philippines
6 Feb 08
I used it in cleaning my venetian blinds it's useful compare to rags.
@Katy471 (23)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
I will remember all the ideas on here there great, I have a garbage bag half full of sock that don't match :P. Just keeping them hoping, I'll be able to put the empty bag away one day (ya right) thanks so much
• United States
6 Feb 08
What a great idea. I am going to share this with a friend who is a house keeper so she can do this with her customers. I will be doing this outside my home.
• United States
6 Feb 08
thanks for the great ideas crazynurse and everyone else who posted. i've got an ever growing pile of mismatched socks and i'd love to do something with them. i used to make sachets to keep in my drawers by dipping cotton balls in perfume then tying them up in little bits of fabric. i wonder if that could be done with old socks too? even though the socks are clean, i have this weird feeling that you don't exactly want sock scented pot porri around...