25 Creative Uses for a Lonely Orphaned Sock

Posted by , Updated on November 9, 2016


Chances are, at this very moment, you have an orphaned sock or two twenty in your drawers. Somehow, someway, a pair has become one, and now you don’t know what to do with all the solo socks. But never fear! There are plenty of uses for that single sock, from the kitchen to the car to the baby’s room.

In this list, we’ve wrangled up 25 different ways you can creatively use a sock to give it a second life. (Do-it-yourself’ers and up-cyclers will especially love this list.) If you find your car windows fog up in cold weather, but don’t know what to do about it, there’s a sock for that. If you’re trying to protect your young one from hurting him or herself as they begin exploring the world, there’s a sock for that. If you’re always dropping the soap and want to find a simple solution, there’s a sock for that. The uses are endless, so if you have more orphaned socks than points on this list, get creative and let us know what kind of genius ways you find to use them. Put those old or abandoned socks to use and give them a new life in this list of 25 Creative Uses for a Lonely Orphaned Sock.

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If you've lost the cover to your small umbrella, no problem. You've probably lost one of the socks in a pair, too, so just put the abandoned sock over a rolled-up wet umbrella to keep it from dripping in your car or bag.

umbrella in rainSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pexels

To make your own cheap wristband to mop up sweat in the gym, just cut the cuff off a sock and slip it over your wrist.

Impulse_WristbandSource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikipedia

If you're used to hiking in hot climates, cover your frozen water bottle with a sock to keep it colder for longer.

hikersSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pixabay

If your car windows frequently fog up, put some kitty litter in a sock, tie it closed, and put it next to your front or rear window when it gets cold. The litter will help absorb the moisture before it even accumulates on your windows.

fogged car windowSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pexels

Putting jewelry in a single sock when you travel can help keep it in one place and give it some protection. The bonus is would-be thieves probably won't go looking through your socks for valuables.

ammolite jewelerySource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikipedia


If you don't have a heating pad, you can put regular (not instant) rice or dried beans in a sock and tie it shut before microwaving it for a minute. The result is a reusable heating pad for aching, sore muscles.

Electric_heating_padSource: Readers Digest, Image: en.wikipedia.org

An orphaned sock works great in the kitchen, especially to slip over a pan handle to keep you from getting burned. The sock also keeps the handle from getting sticky - just wash it occasionally.

food-pot-kitchen-cookingSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pexels

To keep the shape of boots and other tall shoes, fill two long socks with rolled-up newspapers or balled-up paper and stick them in the necks of the shoes.

Ties-side-thigh-high-over-the-knee-tall-_leather-boots-spatsSource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikimedia

If you're moving a heavy piece of furniture, put a sock on its feet to prevent scratching your floor.

moving grand pianoSource: Readers Digest, Image: Mount Pleasant Granary

To keep dress shoes from scuffing in your luggage, put each shoe in a stretched-out, old sock.

Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Drie_paar_schoenen_Fogg_Art_MuseumSource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikimedia

An old sock works as a convenient and protective sunglass case.

glasses in caseSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pixabay

Though you're not likely to see this on the PGA Tour, you can use an isolated sock to cover golf clubs. You can even store golf balls in other solo socks.

Golfers_on_greenSource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikipedia

If your shoes are suffering from nasty odors that can kill a bug in its tracks, fill spare socks with baking soda or dry coffee grounds and put them in said shoes overnight to deodorize.

baking soda in bowlSource: Readers Digest, Image: aquamech-utah via Flickr

If you love your Swiffer but are tired of constantly buying new covers, grab an old sock and stretch it over the bottom. When it's all dusty and dirty, just wash it out in the sink or throw it in with your next load of laundry.

swiffer coverSource: Readers Digest, Image: firepile via Flickr

To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and protect your wrists while typing, fill a sock with any kind of soft filling and sew it shut, providing a resting pad for your weary wrists.

Hand_auflage_pad_pillowSource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikimedia

If you don't want to spend money on fabric softener but you still want your clothes to have that feeling, tie a few tennis balls in a few different socks and throw them in with your next dryer load.

tennis balls in socksSource: Readers Digest, Image: Public Domain Pictures

Make your own hacky sack by filling a single sock with rice, lentils, or sand and sew it into a ball shape.

hacky sacksSource: Readers Digest, Image: Public Domain Pictures

People in cold climates know what a hassle it is when windshield wipers freeze and stick to the glass. Stop this from happening by putting a sock on each wiper after parking.

cold-winter-frozen-morning car wiperSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pexels

Tailgating fans will love this one; random socks can double as koozies or flask protectors. Wool socks work great to keep beer especially cold.

beer can with koozieSource: Readers Digest, Image: mobiuscycle via Flickr

If you have a baby, cut a hole in the toe section of your socks and slip the socks over their knees to protect them in the early days of crawling.

baby crawlingSource: Readers Digest, Image: donnieray via Flickr

If you liked this parenting hack, you may find these useful as well: 25 Parenting Hacks To Keep Parents Sane And Kids Happy.


If you have dry, crusty hands or feet but don't want to your sheets to be swimming in lotion, moisturize the areas before bed and cover them with loose socks.

dry baby skinSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pixabay

It's nearly impossible to keep a baby from scratching at insect bites or chickenpox. To protect an infant, slip a sock over each little hand to keep them from scratching themselves raw.

boy with chickenpoxSource: Readers Digest, Image: pgautier via Flickr

Make your own deodorizing sack to keep clothes and drawers smelling fresh by putting dried herbs or potpourri in an old sock. The same can be done with mothballs to keep the pesky critters at bay.

potpourriSource: Readers Digest, Image: pixabay.com

To prevent an ice pack from sticking to your skin, slip the ice or cold pack in a sock and apply to the affected area.

ice pack ankleSource: Readers Digest, Image: Wikipedia

If you use a plain soap bar in the shower, chances are you drop the soap pretty often. Put that bar of soap into a single sock, seal it with a large rubber band, and voila - you have a non-slippery, lather-producing case.

handmade soap barsSource: Readers Digest, Image: Pixabay

Looking for more creative uses for random things you can find at home? Take a look at 25 Creative Uses For Common Household Items.

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