10 clever ways to reuse socks

Every household creates trash, whether you aren’t that preoccupied with your garbage or are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle. One thing we can all agree on is that less trash is better, for ourselves and the environment. But some trash is just hard to avoid. To put this trash to good use, I will share tips to reuse this trash in a lot of different ways in and around the house. Glass jars, plastic bottles, veggie scraps, old jeans; everything can be used again if you look at it in a different way. Today I will share 10 clever ways to reuse socks. Get creative with all those lonely socks and socks that have a hole in them. 

#1 Dusting


The structure of a sock make it ideal for dusting. You can simply put it on your hand, even wet it, and clean your entire house. Afterwards you just wash it and it’s ready for another go. It doesn’t even matter if that sock has holes in it: the raggier the sock is, the better it is for cleaning.

#2 Legwarmer


If your socks have a hole in them, you don’t have to throw them out. Just cut out the toes and you can make excellent legwarmers out of them. Perfect for cold winters and it looks great too!

#3 Snowman


Most people have a few pairs of white socks in their house, either for themselves or for their kids. If one of those socks gets lost, just use the other white sock for crafting. A simple white sock can make a great snowman, for instance! You can find the tutorial for a sock snowman on Easy Peasy and Fun.

#4 Polishing shoes


Polishing shoes is nobody’s favorite chore, but you can make it a lot easier if you use some nifty tools. With a simple sock you can polish all those hard to reach edges and corners.

#5 Cupholder

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There’s nothing like a hot drink on a cold winter day, but holding a hot mug of coffee or chocolate milk can be tricky. Luckily you can make a stylish cupholder in no time, using an old sock. Just cut off the toes and trim the edges. You can add some buttons or other trims and it makes a pretty gift too. Think of all the paper and plastic cupholders you are saving by using your own!

#6 Hot Pack


A single sock and some rice makes a great hot or cold pack in no time. You can use this hot or cold pack for a whole cariety of things. A hot pack can be useful when having cramps, muscle ache or a stomache ache. A cold pack offers relieve when you are injured and need something to lessen the swelling. Just fill the sock with the rice, close it well and put it in the freezer or in the microwave when needed.

#7 Sock Puppets


My personal favorite: sock puppets! Old socks, especially colorful ones, make great sock puppets. My favorite DIY for sock puppets is from Taking Care of Monkey Business, but you can find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.

#8 Dog Toy


You can make a lot of different dog toys from a simple sock. If you put a tennisball in a sock then you can throw it around and play with the dog. You can find a lot of great ideas on Proud Dog Mom.

#9 Gloves

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On Lifehacker is a great tutorial for making your own fingerless gloves from a pair of socks. You don’t even need to be that skilled with a needle and a thread to make this yourself and it’s ideal for those colder days.

#10 Phone Holder


Anyone that has gone running on occasion will know the phone struggle: you really want to take your phone along for music, tracking and emergencies, but where do you leave it during your run? Most running outfits don’t have pockets and holding it the entire run isn’t that convenient. Luckily an old sock can offer a solution here. Just make an armband out of it where you can store your phone. On The Art of Doing Stuff you can find a great tutorial for making such a great armband.

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