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15 Creative Ways to Use Single Socks
For some reason, only one sock disappears in the laundry. Never a pair. Always one sock. This is such a common occurrence that May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day. (Who comes up with these days?)
You can set your own style statement and wear mismatched socks. Or, try out one of these 15 creative ways to recycle those single socks.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Donate to Fisher Weasel Research
If you're looking for a unique way to put those mismatched socks to good use, this is for you. Wildlife researchers at the University of California need socks for their studies on a rare weasel in the Sierra Nevada.
Led by UC Berkeley wildlife biologists, the team is examining the effects of forest thinning on the health of wildlife, forests, and water resources. They have determined that socks are the ideal receptacle for hanging weasel bait in trees. The researchers go through about 250... socks a month. Donated socks can be delivered or mailed to:
SNAMP Wildlife Research Team, 40799 Elliott Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Protect Shoes When Traveling
Mismatched socks are perfect shoe protectors when traveling. Just slip your shoes into the socks to keep the rest of your luggage contents neat and clean.
You can even pack your matched pairs of socks inside the shoes.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Use for Dust Mitts and Cleaning
Lonely cotton socks are particularly useful for dusting, polishing, and cleaning. Slip odd socks over each of your hands and you can double your dusting energies. They are especially great for cleaning window blinds and ceiling fan blades.
Add a sock to the end of a yardstick (secure by a rubberband) for a great way to reach ceiling cobwebs and dust. This is also perfect for cleaning narrow spaces like under the refrigerator or behind laundry appliances.
You can get the kids involved in cleaning... by having them slip on mismatched cotton socks and slide over a newly waxed floor to buff the finish.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Use for Golf Club Covers
You don't have to buy those fancy golf club covers, just use socks. If you are concerned about being stylish, use all black socks or the traditional argyle golf socks.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Sock Puppet and Other Sock Crafts
Just add a few craft supplies like buttons and yarn and you can turn a sock into a puppet.
But don't stop with a puppet, you can make dolls, bean bags, and even turn the sock into material for knitting.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Hot or Cold Drink Holder
Make a reusable holder for hot or cold drinks from an odd sock. For that cup of coffee, it will protect your hands from the heat and provide a bit of insulation. On cold drinks and bottles, it can help protect your furniture from drips and condensation.
And, the holders are washable and reusable. No more trash to the landfill.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Protect Christmas Ornaments and Delicate Items in Storage
Why pay for special protective wrapers for storage? Just slip delicate ornaments, jewelry, or silver-anything you don't want to get scratched-into a mismatched sock. It provides some cushioning and your treasures will come out free of bumps and dings.
A sock is also great for protecting jewelry when traveling or storing in a dresser drawer.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Make Pet Toys
Add a tennis ball and you will have the perfect dog toy. They love to play a tug-of-war with an old sock.
For our feline friends, fill the sock with stuffing and a bit of catnip and you've got one happy cat.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Use as Knee and Elbow Protectors
When babies are learning to crawl, a little extra padding can be great for their knees. Cut the foot off the odd sock and slide it on to protect their knees.
For adults, if your elbows need a bit of pampering, rub in plenty of moisturizer before bed and cover your elbows with "sock sleeves" (cut off the toe of the sock) to protect your bed linens. Your elbows will be baby soft in the morning. Those same "sleeves" work well if you have poison ivy or a rash and need to prevent... scratching. Even with medication on your skin, your clothes will be protected.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Soothe Sore Muscles
No need for a fancy heating pad. Just fill a clean sock with uncooked rice and knot the open end. Microwave the sock for about 60 seconds (do it in 20-second increments) or until it is warm to the touch. Apply to your aching muscle. The rice-filled sock will conform to the shape of your leg, arm, or neck.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Create Potpourri Sachets
Keep your closet or dresser drawers smelling sweet by filling an odd sock with potpourri. Lacy little girl's socks are so pretty no one will know you are recycling.
You can hang the sachet from the closet rod or tuck it in a drawer. Filling the sock with lavender or cedar shavings will also keep away some clothes-eating insects.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Homemade Seed Starter or Chia Pet
Fill a sock (preferably cotton) with dirt and grass seeds, tie a rubber band at the end. Sew or glue on button eyes and nose and draw a smiley face on the sock. Place it in a clear glass or plastic cup and water every few days. Watch as your sock person grows "hair".
You can also use the sock to start seeds for the garden. Fill the sock with potting soil, tie shut and poke few holes in the sock so the seedlings will have easy access for growth.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Protect Floors When Moving Furniture
Protect your floors from scratches by slipping mismatched socks over table and sofa legs. (They won't complain about the look!)Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Create Game Flags and Balls
No need to rip up fabric to play flag football, just tuck an odd sock in your back pocket and you're ready to play.
Balled up odd socks are perfect basketballs for indoor hoops or corn hole games and don't smell as bad as dirty ones!Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Avoid Drips and Protect Your Car
Protect your car upholstery from a drippy umbrella by slipping a thick, heavy sock (tube sock) over the wet mess. Just remember to remove the sock later and allow both it and the umbrella to dry.