When you have an old worn out pair of socks, or socks without matches, what do you do with them? If you’re like most people, you probably throw them out. But did you know that your old socks can actually find valuable second uses? Before you throw out another good old sock, check out these 5 Fantastic Uses for Old Socks!
5 Fantastic Uses for Old Socks
1. Homemade Toys
When you think of turning old socks into toys, you probably just think of sock puppets. While sock puppets are fun toys that you can make, old socks can be used to make more complex toys than that! You can easily turn an old sock into a cute stuffed bunny, dog, dragon, you name it! These toys can be for kids, or for pets, you can even add a squeaker! Do a quick search on Pinterest and you’ll find all sorts of sew and no-sew sock toy tutorials!
2. Moisturizing Cover
Suffer from dry hands or feet? One of the many possible uses for old socks is as a moisturizing cover for your hands and feet. They do sell special moisturizing covers, but they can be a little high. Why not use things you already have? All you have to do is rub moisturizer on your hands or feet, then cover them with socks. The socks will help lock in the moisture and prevent the moisturizer from rubbing off before your skin can fully absorb it. Do this at night, and you’ll wake up with wonderfully soft hands and/or feet! This is a great use for old socks as you may not like the idea of your everyday socks getting soaked overnight with moisturizer.
Perhaps one of the best uses for old socks is as cleaning rags. Old socks make good dusting rags and wash rags. For dusting rags, simply cover your hand with a sock, then go to work! This is a great way to clean blinds or detailed things where you need fine control over your dusting tool. To use socks as wash rags you can also cover your hand, or you can cut them open for a wider cloth. You can use sock rags for any task that requires a wet or dry cloth, including washing your car, moping the floor or polishing your shoes!
4. Ice Pack Cover
Need to ice an area? You should never put cold ice packs directly on your skin. Some are sold with special covers, but others are not. If you have an ice pack without a cover, you could try to wrap it in a towel, but those easily slip off. The best solution is to stick your ice pack in an old sock! Knot the end so the pack won’t come out, and you’re ready to go! When the pack needs refreezing, stick it with its sock cover right back in the freezer!
5. Quilt Fabric
One of the many wonderful uses for old socks is as fabric for quilts! This is especially true if you have any socks with fun designs on them. But even plain socks can make great fabric. Cut them apart and make square or rectangle cuts of fabric from them. If you had enough old socks, you could make a whole quilt just from sock fabric!
What do you do with your old socks?
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