It seems like after every load of laundry, there’s always one sock that’s lost its “sole” mate, never to be seen again. In fact, you might even have a pile of orphan socks somewhere. What are you going to do with them? No need to say goodbye to those close-knit friends—put them to use with these clever ideas:
11 Genius Uses For Orphan Socks
- Windshield wiper covers – If the weather will be turning frightful (winter), slip a sock over each of your wiper blades to protect the rubber and prevent them from sticking to the windshield.
- Winter pals – Tuck a couple orphan socks in your car’s glove compartment. Then if you need to get out and shovel, or if you step into a puddle, you’ll have dry socks to change into. You can even put them over your shoes for extra traction if you need it.
- DIY reusable coffee sleeve – Who needs cardboard sleeves for hot coffee, which contribute to trash? Just snip off the foot of a (clean) sock, at the ankle, and use the band to keep your hands safe from your morning cup of Joe.
- Cobweb catcher – Place a sock at the end of a broom handle to get rid of those nasty cobwebs lurking in the corners.
- Tent freshener – Before packing your tent up for the season, put some clean kitty litter in a sock and tie it in a knot. Put it in the tent. This will help keep mold and mustiness away.
- Dusters – Grab a couple of mismatched socks, put them over your hands, and use them to dust around the house. The socks will trap dirt, hair, and dust on appliances, tables, blinds, and TV screens. Then just toss them in the wash.
- Quick heating pad – Fill a clean cotton sock halfway with some uncooked, dry white rice (not instant), tie it closed, and microwave for 60 seconds. Great for sore muscles or to treat migraines. Sock can be reheated but don’t reuse the rice for cooking!
- Club protector – Slip a sock over your golf clubs to protect them.
- Odor eater – Fill a sock with baking soda, tie it closed, and keep it in your car’s backseat to combat stinky pet smells.
- Skin protector – Slip a single sock over a reusable cold pack before applying.
- DIY wet or dry mop – Use a single cotton or chenille sock over a Swiffer-type mop head and use it to dry or wet mop tile, stone, or hardwood floors. Just toss the dirty sock into the washing machine.
Do you have any great ideas for orphan socks? Share with us in the comments section, below.