A while back, we asked you Tip Heros for ideas for what to do with an old sock when the dryer has inevitably claimed its partner, and you gave us some wonderful ideas. Now, Wise Bread has a bunch of ideas to add. Take a look:
- Make a Potpourri Bundle: fill an old sock with potpourri, tie the end with a rubber band, and stick it into a drawer that you want to freshen or a pair of smelly shoes (or really anywhere that needs an odor pick-me-up).
- Dust and Polish Furniture: spray some furniture polish on the sock, put it on your hand and use it like a Swiffer pad to dust your furniture.
- Apply Heat to Sore Muscles: need an impromptu heating pad? Just stuff an old sock with dry beans or rice, then throw it into the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Soothe Skin Irritation:
When I was about three years old, I got chicken pox. Just a few of them. When I was 14, I got chicken pox again. A lot of them. It was one of the worst experiences of my life because my family and I were away from home, staying in a hotel, to attend a wedding. To help calm the itching, my mom put oatmeal in a sock and told me to take a bath with it. Afterward, I had to put dry socks on my hands so I didn’t scratch myself to death. I also had shingles at age 25 – basically adult chicken pox. My body seems to reaaally love that virus.
- Protect Your Valuables When Moving: wrap small valuable items within socks to protect them when you’re packing up and moving to a new place.
Check out Sock It to Me: 15 Uses for Old Socks over at Wise Bread.