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Here’s One Smart Way to Handle Your Lost Sock Problem

Posted June 28, 2018

We all know often keeping socks paired up together is not that easy.  Although some may think that keeping socks through the laundry cycle is pretty simple.  Just simply toss them in the washer or dryer, but that step doesn’t make its way into everyone’s routine.  If you are likely to toss dirty socks in the hamper, you are probably allowing your socks to be in the “orphan sock” collection.

If you want to make sure to reunite those lost socks back into a pair is to keep them collected close by, waiting for the other sock to escape the hamper or washer or dryer when it’s hiding.

Once you couldn’t find the other pair of socks for weeks, then it’s likely that the sock is lost and chances are pretty slim.  If that is the case, what can you do with lost socks?

Well…recycle them into something else!

Here are a few ideas and ways to put those lost socks to use.

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Dust rags using socks

Socks generally generate some amount of static which makes them great for picking up dust.  Just slip one over your hand and get to dusting.  When your sock is covered in dust, just simply toss it in the washer and use it again!

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Shoe covers when packing your suitcase

When you travel, often you do bring an extra pair of shoes or not.  Nonetheless, although your shoes appear to be clean, they are very likely covered in germs that you don’t want to expose to your clean clothes while packing your suitcase.  Just slip a few of the mismatched socks around your shoes in order to keep things nice and tidy while traveling.

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Use it as a dust mop for a reusable sweeper pad

Do you want to save money?  Well, say goodbye to disposable sweeper pads.  A fuzzy sock works just as well as for sweeping and scrubbing.  After done using, tossed in the washer and use it again!  What a way to save money!

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Homemade heating pad

In the winter time, heating pad really helps to keep you warm but often it can be expensive getting one.  How about a homemade heating pad?  Fill the sock with rice, toss in some dried lavender if you want some fancy smell, and tie up or sew the end shut.  Put in the microwave for a few minutes and you’ve got a nice warm heating pad to keep you warm and fine.

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Cold pack cover

Often, we use a towel to wrap around an ice pack, but all that excess towel can keep the cold from coming through.  Next time, instead of using a towel, grab a sock to provide a smooth, soft barrier around the harshness of the pack.

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Shoe deodorizer

Yes, shoes do have a lot of germs and create odors!  Just a few tablespoons of baking soda in a sock, tie it up.  You may use a clip or rubber band to tip the tip.  Then place it in your shoes to keep them smelling fresh and odor-free.

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Dust your blinds

This is a very simple task.  Slip a sock over your hand and clean the dust off your blinds.  As mentioned earlier, socks do generate static and a little bit of it will attract dust.  It’s a perfect hack for cleaning your blinds!

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Wrap socks around cups and glasses when you move-out

Instead of purchasing those bubble or protection wraps for your cups, you may want to look into using your socks.  Slip a sock around your cups to keep them protected while moving.  In case of the cup breaks, the glass is contained for easy disposal.

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It’s not a bad idea to donate your mismatched socks.  It may sound less than desirable for you to wear another person’s socks, but dry socks are one of the most needed items for the homeless especially during the cold winter seasons.  If you have any leftover, mismatched socks or wish to giveaway fresh new socks, your kind heart will be greatly appreciated for those who are needed.

Have fun and good luck!

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