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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Forty Things to Do with Old Socks

Deborah Ng over at Simply Thrifty created a great list of forty things you can do with old socks. This is a good one because, as we all know, there's always odd socks from the dryer. Here's her list:

  1. Use them for dusting - I know lots of people who put an old sock on their hands and dust. It’s especially great for nooks and crannies. I do this often with my son when he wants to help, it makes the work fun.
  2. Use them for kids’ crafts and make sock puppets.
  3. Make a sock frog.
  4. Make a cat toy buy filling with catnip.
  5. Make roses from baby socks.
  6. Place in door and window cracks to keep cold air from coming through.
  7. Use to store golf balls, tennis balls and other small toys.
  8. Fill part of the foot with potpourri and use as a sachet for drawers and closets.
  9. Use them to make wrist rests.
  10. Use them to wash or wax the car.
  11. Use it for a Christmas Stocking.
  12. Make a patchwork quilt. Cut the good parts into patches.
  13. Cut off the foot and use to insulate bottles and cups - keep the cold cold and warm warm.
  14. Use over ice packs.
  15. Make a sock garden.
  16. Use over hot water bottles.
  17. Use to moisturize very dry hands. Slather hands with lotion and cover with socks. Sleep on it and in the morning you have nice, soft hands. Ditto feet.
  18. Use on your Swiffer instead of the Swiffer sheets.
  19. Make a blanket out of socks.
  20. Take big socks and use to keep your shoes clean while doing chores or yard work.
  21. When I was a teenager we had a dog with a broken leg. We used old socks to keep the cast covered and dry.
  22. Make a rice sock.
  23. Make a sock monster.
  24. Make a tube sock snowman.
  25. Make a sock doll.
  26. Make a bunny sock doll.
  27. Make a sock purse.
  28. Make a heat pack.
  29. Make a back massager.
  30. Make a sock monkey.
  31. Make a sock bun.
  32. Make a sock dog.
  33. Make a “LuvSock” for your iguana. No really.
  34. Make a dog sweater.
  35. Make sock poi. I’m not sure what one is or what it does, but you can make it out of socks.
  36. Make a sock bird.
  37. Make baby legwarmers.
  38. Make arm warmers.
  39. Use to assist in removing scratches from furniture.
  40. Use for sending or packing fragile items.

 

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How about a bonus tip? I never thought of this super simple solution for an old sock, and I thought I'd heard all the cord organizing tricks out there! Courtesy of this month's issue of Real Simple, the editors suggest using an old trouser sock to wrap around cords to keep them together. Just snip off the toe part so you have a little tube, unplug from the power strip, insert the cords, and then plug them back in. I could also see using them to keep cords wrapped tightly around one another when they're put away.

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