How to Use Your Old Socks
We all lose socks and have a bunch of them lying around the house or stuck in different bags, waiting to be matched. And even though these socks might never find their mates, we still keep them.
Because it feels so hard to throw them away, we at 5-Minute Crafts decided to show you the best tips for how to use old socks.
1. Heating pad
Heating pads can help you warm yourself on days you don’t feel so well. One of the easiest ways to do this is by making reusable heating pads out of old socks. Pick a sock and fill it with uncooked rice. Be careful not to overfill it so you can tie or sew the top closed. Microwave it for 1-2 minutes, then test the temperature on the inside of your arm. This way, you will prevent overheating and burns.
Bonus: If you want, you can put essential oils in the rice and stir it in for a better smell.
2. Preventative mothballs
Place mothballs or moth crystals inside a clean sock and hang it from the ceiling of your closet, place it on a shelf, or store it with your winter clothes. To counteract the odor of the mothball, add a sock filled with potpourri.
3. Vase covers
If you want to breathe new life into old vases and plant pots, try repurposing old socks. Pick a color you think would go best with the rest of your décor. Grab some scissors and cut the top of the sock. Then slide the pot inside the sock and fold down the edges.
This DIY hack is not only cheap and super simple to make, but it also requires zero crafting skills.
4. Anti-stain base for bottles
Sometimes, we find face stains in the kitchen left by oil or sauce bottles. To prevent this from happening, you can make sock protectors for these bottles. Grab a sock of your choice and cut it in half. Put the bottle inside the lower half of the sock that has the bottom. The fabric will absorb spillage and keep your bottles and counters clean.
5. Boot stands
While staying in the basement or being put away for the next season, boots may lose their shape and start to fold and wrinkle. To prevent this, try using homemade boot stands. Pick a pair of long socks and stuff them with cotton or old fabric. Use a glue gun to glue the sock’s opening so that the material won’t come off.
6. Sock knee pads for crawling babies
To make your baby’s adventures smoother, try using old socks as knee pads. They will soften hard surfaces and protect their little knees from harm from small things found on the floor. You can grab a sock and cut it in half. Put it on their knees and that’s all there is to it.
You can make a homemade mop out of your old, fluffy socks. Take one of your socks and place it on the mop. Dampen it in a homemade mix comprised of 3 cups of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. You can add essential oils for a better smell.
Have you ever tried any of these hacks? Answer us in the comment section below.