Socks, What Are They Good For?

Introduction: Socks, What Are They Good For?

What's the deal with all these socks? Do I buy cheap socks, yes I do. Do I still think they have a use after getting hole(s) in them, yes I do. So get your packrat minds working and let me tell you the 7 things I've figured out what to do with a sock.

Just to set things right I'm not going to go over putting rice in a sock and heating it up in the microwave. That's been done. You want to put socks under your front door to cut down on drafts? I won't stop you.

This post is about things I've not see other's put out there.

Supplies

You'll need socks.

Other items include:

Golf balls

Scissors

Soap

Plastic Bags

Burned out lightbulbs

Step 1: Child's Toy: 1 "Snow" Balls

If you have small children, and they want to play SNOW BALL FIGHT! But it there's no snow, or it is way too cold out for small children, have one inside. Use Socks!

1. Take 2 socks, and ball one up inside the other.

2. Twist the sock, and turn inside out, do it again.

3. Repeat until you run out of socks.

4. Watch a sock hit your TV and not feel your bank account drop.

Step 2: Child's Toy 2: Bolas

This might be for older children, and absolutely to be done outside. They're still fun to swing around, and wrap around a tree or flag pole. They're also so easy to make.

1. Get 2 golf balls and 2 socks that preferably don't have holes in the toes.

2. Tie off the golf balls at the toe of the socks.

3. A square not to connect the socks together.

4. Let the neighbors accept that children are crazy.

Step 3: Child Toy 3: Small Sacks

I learned this one when my child was small. You go for a walk in the woods, and your darling sweet angel has found rocks, and sticks, and some odd leaf that might be a bug, and they want you to hang onto them. Get a sock. This way they're not jabbing you in the pocket, or scraping up sunglasses.

I grabbed a sock when we were going to a city "festival" a few times. Since some booths have things like free candy for children, and you don't want to hold a slowly melting chocolate bar, put everything in a sock. This gives you the ability to monitor what your child is getting, and when the sock is filled, then sorry child, no more candy.

Not Pictured, is something I'm currently doing and that's a small trash bag for the car. All children produce trash, well cut a small hole near the opening of the sock and slip the sock through one of the bars of the head rest. This works better if they are socks your child has outgrown.

Step 4: Adult Idea 1: Hot Burned Out Lightbulb

I can't take credit for this one. It came from my late Grandpa. So since there are still incandescent lightbulbs in the world, and they do burn out, this was a great idea for those thin glass spheres. Say a bulb burns out, and it would still be hot, and you don't want to drop it, but if you do you don't want glass going everywhere. Get a Sock! Slip the sock on your hand, and that should protect you (mostly) from burning your fingers. Turn the sock inside out around the bulb. Now the bulb is protected until you get to the trash. If you trip over a small child's toy and the bulb brakes, it is in a sock, and just throw the whole thing out. Thanks Grandpa!

Step 5: Adult Idea 2: Soap in a Sock

I did this last week. So you need to clean something that is absolutely filthy. You will need soap and scrubbing, and whatever you use to scrub will be trash afterwards. Use a Sock! I just put a bar of soap into the the sock, turned inside out, and tied it off. That way you can scrub that moldy mildew covered plastic kid's pool clean before storing it for the winter. Then you can untie the knot recover the soap, and throw out the now green sock.

Step 6: Adult Idea 3: Neck Pillow

I refuse to pay twenty dollars for a neck pillow. Really, why am I even on Instructables if not to find out how to do things for myself? So realizing that a neck pillow would be a great thing for a car trip I made my own. Get one nice soft sock for the outside, and 10 to 20 socks (depending on how firm you want the pillow to be) for the inside. Line all of the filler socks up, and put them in the soft sock all the way to the toe.

NOTE: Depending on your socks, or how many you are using, it might be easier to take your soft sock, turn it inside out, put your hand into the soft sock, grab the end of the filler socks, and turn the soft sock right side out over them.

You can then twist and flip the end of the soft sock, or sew it closed. This also makes it so you can wash this neck pillow, unlike some $20 ones.

Step 7: Adult Idea 4: Bag Dispenser

If you have a number of plastic bags, and want to reuse them, but you don't want them all over the place then I have a solution for you! A SOCK! I need to hype this up because it is functional, but looks bad. It's really simple, take a sock you don't care about, and this one can have holes in the toes. Make a small slit at the top of the sock, opposite where the toe holes are. Make the hole in the toes a little larger, maybe an inch in diameter. Shove your bags into the sock at the top, and pull from the bottom. So now you have a way to collect your plastic bags, and get them as needed, but I keep mine in the closet since it looks weird to have a bag filled sock hanging up.

That's it! I'm sure there are other ideas of what to do with a sock. Put it around hot cups of coffee where the sleeve isn't doing enough. Toss some potpourri into a sock and put the sock in the car, spray with water from time to time to get more sent. Your child forgot their gloves in the winter, so use socks. I've used socks filled with dirt to get some sunflower seeds going (they didn't blossom thanks to squirrels). Keep in mind that just because one use of an item is no longer an option, there may be

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    9 Comments

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    mako99
    mako99

    6 weeks ago

    this opened my eyes to a whole world of socks I didn't even know existed.

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    SP Riley
    SP Riley

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Welcome to the WORLD OF SOCKS!

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    calichigal
    calichigal

    6 weeks ago

    Fill a cotton sock with rice, and tie the open end. Keep it in the freezer for use as an ice pack on sore muscles. Or microwave it for a minute, or so, for the same use.

    Got a knotted muscle on your lower back? Put a tennis ball in a sock, holding the sock over whichever shoulder, dropping the ball to the point of the knot, and lean against a wall. The sock helps in positioning the ball where the pressure is needed.

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    SP Riley
    SP Riley

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    I haven't heard of the tennis ball one. I'll have to try that the next time I get a knot in my back. Good thinking!

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    mtmickey
    mtmickey

    6 weeks ago

    I use old socks for rags for all sorts of cleaning. They are especially great for dusting.

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    terrefirmax2
    terrefirmax2

    Tip 6 weeks ago

    Or clean fan blades with hand covered with sock that you then flip inside out and get rid of.. Or put sock over end of vacuum so when you suck up money or diamonds you don't have to dig though the vacuum bag.

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    SP Riley
    SP Riley

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Oh sure those are great ideas. I've done the fan thing myself. I was just posting ideas I have not seen on the internet like 5-Minute Crafts. Keep coming up with ideas and post them here. Let's get a whole socks division going!

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    ronanry
    ronanry

    7 weeks ago

    You can "replace" the towel you use with your steam-vacuum with one sock when you do really dirty part (a little bit like the idea with the soap you had)

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    SP Riley
    SP Riley

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Good idea! This is what we need, more ideas about a subject. Thanks. I'll try that next time.