30 Creative Ways to Recycle One Thing That Will Knock Your Socks Off!

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It’s a well-known fact: Washers and dryers eat socks. What isn’t well-known is where they go! — But if you have a drawer full of single socks, or if you have socks that have worn through at the toe or heel or are stretched out, we have some very creative ways to reuse the socks that you don’t really want to throw out, but that you don’t know what to do with.

You won’t believe all the fun and functional things you can do with socks! They are wickedly underrated and can be used for everything from housekeeping to accessories to pet toys. Even that ugly pair of Christmas socks your aunt gave you last year can be turned into something very cool!

Keep reading and learn about some of the best things you can do with old or ugly socks that will — literally — knock your socks off!


1.  Decorate Planters

Cut off the foot part of a sock and pull the top over the bottom of a plain pot for a pretty accent you can’t buy in any store! The more colorful the socks, the better the pot will look. This is a great way to use holiday socks, (socks with Santas or Easter Bunnies for example) and then you can give the plant as a gift!


2. Dusting

If you don’t already do this, you are missing out! Cotton socks are great because you can put them over your hands while dusting. This way your hands never get dirty.


3. Sock Puppets

Sock puppets are fun for kids of all ages (well, mostly for kids 10 and under)! Simply sew on two buttons for eyes, and you have a fun, talking puppet your kids will play with for hours.


4. Candle Cozies

Dress up plain candles by cutting the foot part off the sock and pulling the “sleeve” over the candle. If you have really small or thin candles, try baby socks! These also make great gifts.


5.  Cat Toy

Catnip is inexpensive, so why are toys made with catnip so pricey? Make your own inexpensive cat toy by putting dried catnip in a sock and sewing or tying it closed. Your cat will have a new best friend that will last for weeks!


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