Black and White Socks

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Creative Uses for Old Socks

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Classic Sock Puppet

Get some permanent markers or fabric paint. Plan out where you want the puppet’s mouth to be by putting your hand inside the sock and drawing the inside of the puppet’s mouth where the upper half of your palm lies. Get googly eyes for the puppet’s eyes and paste them on. And finally, give your new sock puppet a name! This project is great for kids.

Cleaning and Dish Rags

Cut the toe-end of the sock off, then cut the socks down the center of the back. This rag can be used for a variety of purposes. Just throw it away if it gets too dirty or stained.

iPod Protector

Apple sells “iPod Socks” to keep your iPod from getting scratched without having to put a case on it. Why spend money on iPod Socks when you can just use a real sock! Put your iPod inside the sock, and if the sock is too big, just tie the open end to keep the iPod from falling out.

Shoe Fresheners

Fill an old sock with a mix of kitty litter and baking soda. Tie off the open end, and place the sock inside your shoe. The kitty litter and baking soda will absorb wetness and deodorize your shoe. Just leave this sock inside your shoe for a couple of hours for ultimate freshness.

Soap Holder

Turn the sock inside-out. Place a bar of soap inside a sock. Tie the open end of the sock. The sock can be used like a wash cloth in the shower, or it can be kept by the sink for hand washing. Just throw the sock away after the soap runs out.


Take a pair of colorful socks and cut off the toes, and make a hole for the thumb. This is perfect for kids who tend to destroy their gloves and mittens easily.


Save old socks as bandages in an emergency. Socks are more absorbent than gauze. Also, socks make perfect bandages for dogs and horses.

There are endless numbers of possibilities for old sock uses. Get creative!