In one of our Ten Things to Toss videos, we declared that the “single sock” was useless, and should be tossed away. This is the sock you pull out of the laundry that has no match, because its partner has seemingly disappeared. However, this declaration sent the internet into an uproar and we were informed of the many uses for single socks. We did research of our own and found that yes, we were wrong, the single sock is anything but useless. Here are the seven best uses we found for lonesome socks, enjoy and up-cycle away!

Potpourri Bundle

Here is a way that your single sock can be put to use for the betterment of the other socks in your sock drawer. Take your single sock, stuff it with some potpourri, tie it off (with string or elastic, or the ankle of the sock itself) and put that in your sock drawer. This will help emanate a beautiful scent among your other socks and keep them fresh.

Overnight Moisturizer

If your hands are feeling dry and need a refresher, overnight moisturizing is a great solution. Essential to overnight moisturizing is covering your hands to seal in that moisture- but you don’t need to buy fancy gloves, just use single socks. Simply apply moisturizer generously on your hands and feet and put the old socks on top of whatever appendage you happen to be moisturizing. When you wake up in the morning your skin will feel refreshed and soft.


Some people say that they don’t dust because they don’t have dusting tools, when really a single sock is all you need. Put the sock on your hand and run it along any surface to pick up dust. Dusting with a sock is proven to be 100% more effective than not dusting at all.

Dry Erase Board Cleaner

Need a dry erase board eraser? Just take a single sock, turn it inside out, stick your hand inside and give your board a wipe.

DIY Dryer Ball

This economic dryer ball hack is also incredibly easy. All you have to do is take a tennis ball, put it into your single sock, tie a knot and throw that into the dryer. The tennis ball helps get rid of moisture, static electricity, wrinkles and is an easy replacement for dryer sheets and other dryer balls.

Sock Puppet

These aren’t just for kids, as long as you have a little bit of creativity in you, anyone can enjoy a sock puppet. If you have kids to entertain with it, that is an added bonus.

Mix It Up

There’s nothing wrong with wearing two different socks. Just grab two single ones, put them on and own it!

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  1. One day, for a change, I decided to wear two unmatched socks. My husband soon commented on it. So, I told him don’t worry… I have another pair just like them, and I did!
    Why? I just felt like it.

  2. Jeeeze, I’ve Not used single socks enough, so I thank you for the great ideas.
    I thought of one myself, you keep one in the car, for cleaning dust or the horrid condensation you get this time of the year (January)
    Thanks for the videos. I watch them when I’m having some me time.
    I used the cleaning the grout idea today as I am one of the fortunate ones with a hand held steamer.
    They come up fab, should of done this months ago.

  3. Fill a sock with uncooked rice and a few drops of essential oil. Tie sock at opening and microwave for 3 min. Can use it on sore neck or any area that needs some relaxation.

  4. I always buy 2-3 pairs of the same color/pattern in case I lose 1 sock or it gets worn out – specially those which get holes because of the toenail.

  5. Am I the only person on the planet who has never had just a single sock? I hope not. Anyway, I love watching your videos and I learn a lot! Also, when I was in college, my roommate and I would deliberately wear mismatched socks, and, naturally when anyone commented on this, we would tell them we had another pair at home just like them. Yeah, I know, puerile. Since I don’t have single socks, I can use an old pair that I don’t like any more to do the hand- and foot-softening thing, and I thank you for that idea!!

  6. I use my single socks for cleaning projects where I know I am going to be tossing the “rag” afterwards. Also, I go to my single sock basket if packing for a move and use the socks to “wrap” fragile glassware.


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