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A pair goes into the washer, but a single comes out of the dryer.  It happens all the time.  I save my mismatched socks for a while, then I eventually stick them in a donate pile because I get tired of waiting for the missing guy to come along.  But, you can do lots of things with a single sock or mismatched socks like making sock puppets, storing items in them like glasses or jewelry, and filling them with dry beans and stitching them up for games.  Gray’s friend, Emre, doesn’t mind that he has sock singles; he just wears mismatched socks to school daily.

In the interest of time, I’m sharing my 5 favorite uses for the lonely single sock:

  • Put potpourri, dried flowers, herbs, or fragrant soaps in a sock, knot it, and place it in a dresser drawer to make your garments smell nice.  I can’t take credit for this idea; this is something my grandmother used to do years ago.  
  • Place a tennis ball or chew bone inside a sock and knot it, and you’ve got a toy for your dog.  Socks are a big hit with our dog, Macy.
  • I can’t stand a messy refrigerator, and one way to keep shelves clean is to use socks singles to cover the bottoms of jars and bottles to keep their drips at bay. 
  • Socks make excellent cleaning tools!  Here are just a few suggestions on how to use a sock to clean: put it on your hand and use it as a duster on things like furniture and blinds, place it on the end of a yardstick and knockdown cobwebs, and turn it into a reusable Swiffer. 
  • Make a craft.  Before I had Gray, I was not a crafty person.  The fact is that I’m still not very good at it, but when he was little, he loved to make things together.  We made a combination sock/felt horse on our broom.  It was a touch pathetic, but he was certainly pleased with it.  I just saw a photo online and did the best I could.  But here’s a link to some instructions just in case you’d like to give it a try.  If you do, be sure to post a photo of it on our Facebook page!

If you do have single socks, don’t be like me and just chuck them; find a good use for your mate-less socks and then share your ideas with A Cleaner World.

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