5 uses for old socks
Posted by SOCKSHOPWith the world becoming more environmentally aware, and a greater emphasis on re-using and upcycling, we’re often asked for ideas on uses for old socks. We all have them – the ones that have mysteriously lost a partner, those where one sock has developed a hole, or simply that we fancy a change of sock style but don’t want to just throw the old ones away. Fear not! There are many ways in which old socks can remain useful and even loved – and here are just a few of them.
1. As part of your cleaning armourySocks fit perfectly over your feet – which means that they also fit pretty nicely over your hands, too. For those hard-to-reach areas like the rungs of a towel rail or the slats in a blind, simply put a sock over your hand and use it to dust or polish away dirt and grime. If you want to avoid harsh chemicals then make up your own solution using a white vinegar and water mix – you don’t get much greener than that!
2. For wrinkle free clothes
3. As a white board eraser
4. Make a draft excluder
5. Use it as a hair support
Yes, really – you can use an old sock to make a voluminous bun, although longer socks will work better here otherwise you may end up with a limp support. Cut the toe end off of your sock and roll the remaining tube part down, starting with the elasticated end. Next, put your hair into a ponytail at whatever height you want your bun. Slip the sock over your ponytail and hold a few inches from the end of the hair. Wrap the ends around the sock and begin rolling back toward your head. Once in position you may need to distribute your hair to ensure that the sock is fully covered. Pin in place or fix with hairspray, and you’re good to go!
Whatever uses for old socks that you find, be sure to experiment and let them live the life that they deserve – no sock should end up in the bin without leading a second life. We would love to hear about your uses for old socks – let us know what kind of life yours end up living on Twitter or Facebook.