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Uses for Miss Match Socks

Updated on December 29, 2013

Save the Socks!

Miss match socks are everywhere! It is a world wide phenomenon that has never been explained. Where do those other socks get off to anyway?

With this out of control epidemic of lonely and missing socks, what are we to do with the ones that have been left behind?

I have compiled a list of fantastic uses for those miss match socks you just can't seem to part with, even though you've been holding on to them for way too long in hopes that their mate will magically reappear someday.

Sock Puppets Aren't For Everyone

When most people ask "what can I do with this miss match sock?" a common response (particularly for and from those with children) is "make a sock puppet!"

Sock Puppets aren't for everyone, but if you happen to just be one of those people who likes the idea of a sock puppet - here is a link to a hub on that: "Make an Awesome Sock Puppet"

Heating Pad

 Fill a sock with dried rice, peas, beans, or lentils.

Seal it by either: tying the end in a knot or sewing it closed. (I don't recommend glue - as it will melt)

Heat it in the microwave for a couple minutes & apply where needed.

Cooling Pad

 We're always wrapping our ice-packs in a towel to keep our skin from getting too cold.  This is a lovely idea (that my kids just adore):

Take a sandwich baggie of frozen peas & place it in an old sock.

Seal it by either tying a knot or sewing the end closed.

Now you have a "pre-wrapped" ice pack that molds to fit the area which needs it.  Place the pack back into the freezer when finished & reuse!

Sock Drawer Buddy

 Decorate a sock, similar to how you would a sock puppet.  Get creative!

Fill the sock with potpourri.

Seal with fabric glue, hot glue, sewing it shut, or by knotting the end.

Keep your little sock drawer buddy in any drawer to keep your clothes smelling sweet!

Power Bun

 I've used this trick many times & it looks fabulous!

Take an old sock (the longer the better) - cut off the toe of the sock.

Roll the sock into a donut shape.

Place the sock around your ponytail. Spread your hair around the sock to cover it, and place a scrunchyaround the base to hold it in place.  Bobby-pin any ends that are still showing, or curl them to create a fun look.

Other Uses:

  •  Car wash mitts
  • Golf Club covers
  • Doll clothes (cut a head & arm holes & add a belt)
  • Injury covers (cut off the toe & place over areas wrapped in/with an ace bandage)

There are many uses for our old, miss match socks.  Hopefully I have given you some fresh ideas to try.  Enjoy all of the new found ways to reuse those socks!


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    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Useful ideas. I also slip one on my hand and use it to dust or do windows.

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      JanHeath 5 years ago from Australia

      Lovely ideas thanks! Particularly like the sock drawer buddy.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Fun hub! Also, you can just wear them. There is a store in New York City that sells mismatched socks that are fun.

    • MickS profile image

      MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      It's easy to do something with odd socks, just wear them.

      Interesting ideas here.



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      krystieboh 7 years ago

      great ideas for socks!

    • Aris Budianto profile image

      Aris Budianto 7 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

      useful hub,thanks

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      Mom Kat 7 years ago from USA

      I remember watching Lamb Chop at my grandma's house when I was very young. I can't tell you if they were original or re-runs, but I do know Lamb Chop :)

      Thanks for your awesome comment Nick B

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      Nick B 7 years ago from Normandy, France

      I used to love sock puppets, remembering Lamb Chop who's probably before your time, but there are some great ideas.

      I was just trying to estimate how much it would cost to fill one of my socks with lavender or pot pourri!

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      JosephRanseth 7 years ago

      It's great. I have used that one for nearly 20 years. :)

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      Mom Kat 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks guys!

      Joseph - what a great idea! Glad to see the hub inspired you to think of even more ways to use socks :)

      Greatlife - I hope your wife enjoys the hub as much as you did :)

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      Greatlife 7 years ago

      Man, this hub has been enlightenment lol. Never thought of these imaginative ideas. My wife is gonnna love this. Thanks for sharing.

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      JosephRanseth 7 years ago

      You forgot magic soap machine.

      As your bar of soap gets too small to use, instead of throwing it out, put them in the sock. After you get a few in there, they can be used as a body scrub. :)