Whether you've lost a mate to the dryer elves, finally torn a hole through the toe of your beloved pair of old standbys, or given in to the inevitable death of the elastic, you've come to the grim conclusion that a sock is not long for this world. Or...is it? Old socks are actually one of the most fantastically useful items of torn, weathered, and beaten-up clothing you can have, so don't you dare toss that sock in the trash: it has a whole new career ahead of it.
1. Hand Duster
Old socks are perfect for hand dusting, especially those fluffy thick ones. (Remember how they picked up dust when you walked around the house in them?) Just wash them, slip them over your hand, and use them for hand dusting your furniture and other items. When they get dirty, run them through the wash again for future cleaning sessions.
2. Applicator for Shoe, Furniture, Metal, and Other Polishes
Keeping polish off your hands can be a pain. Wear an old sock over them and apply a small amount of the polish your using, before rubbing away. You'll have the full range of motion in your hand to work the polish in deep and buff thoroughly, and you won't be wrestling with polishing cloths.
3. Bean Bag
If your sock is in mostly good condition, stuff it with beans, rice, or other grains to make a heatable (and chillable) pack to relax your muscles. Consider adding lavender, rose petals, and other dried flowers and herbs to give it a relaxing aroma.
4. Drink Insulator
Socks keep your feet toasty, so why not your beverages? Cold drinks will stay cooler when wrapped in a sock, while hot drinks will stay warmer. Avoid heat loss and transfer with the use of a nice cozy wrapper that will also handily make it easy to separate your drink from those everyone else is carrying -- unless they start getting in on the used sock trend.
5. Dog and Cat Toys
Knot up a sock a few times for a cheap chew toy, or knot it around some catnip for the kitty in your life. Your animal friends will love your totally free toy.
Potpourri and socks go together like ice cream and apple pie. Stuff old socks and stash them in drawers, closets, and other areas to keep them smelling fresh. You can also fill them with mothballs or cedar balls to control insets. Your quick and easy odor control solution might not look gorgeous, but it will do the trick.