New Uses of Old Gear

Eco Lassie likes to find new uses for old gear before tossing something. That’s why she’s always looking for ways to re-purpose items that may have outlived their original purpose.

So when she was cleaning out her sock basket and ended up with socks that had holes in the feet, had shrunk, or were stretched out beyond their true use, she pulled out the softest  and cutest and investigated new lives for them.

Eco Lassie had already used old socks, tied in knots, for great pull toys for her dogs. And she’d heard of using one as a duster by simply pulling it over your hand as a glove and away you go. But she’d never actually tried it, and found this simple use is a great way for getting into the crooks and crevices of several highly detailed pieces of furniture in her home. It is also a great way to swipe at blinds, too.

 In the same vein, that sock-as-glove works great as polish mitt for shining silver or even putting wax on your furniture.

Then she found a neat use for several jazzy colorful knee socks that didn’t fit but had a similar pattern or stripe: Cut the feet off, sew the ends together into a tube and fill with rice or poly-fill. You’ll have a colorful draft dodger for the bottom of those doors that let the wind whistle through, while adding a spot of brightness to an unusual place. Go to Ask the Design Diva for specific sewing and filling instructions, but you can really go wild here and add buttons or make faces on them. And they’re great for window ledges, too.

Looking for a really neat way to recycle the leg of a tube sock? Cut off the foot and slide the leg part up your arm, doubling the material around your upper arm. Use the elastic pocket you’ve created as a holder for your iPod for walks and working out in style!

Using a clean old sock to hold an ice pack is a great way to keep the plastic bag off of your skin when you’re treating a sore muscle or sprain. Cold plastic should always have a thin barrier between it and your flesh and never be pressed directly onto your skin.

Finally, the neatest use Eco Lassie found for old socks is for her friends in places where it snows in winter.


This time you’ll leave the socks intact, and merely slide a pair over your wipers when you get home at night to prevent ice crystals from forming and sticking those wipers to your frosty windshield in the morning. Next morning, pull the frosty socks off as you warm up your car and there’s no scraping needed.

Readers, what other uses have you found for that pile of used but still-useful socks?

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About auntiemwrites

I'm a retired RN, full-time writer who lives in a very rural area in coastal NC. I live here with Doc and our 7 yr old Spinone, Radar. We have 3 grown married sons. On a daily basis we see deer, tons of birds including blue birds and woodpeckers, shore birds and the occasional black bear, and love living on the Pungo River, perfect for a writer. My award-wininng mystery, THE BLUE VIRGIN, is set in Oxford, UK, and is the first of a series featuring American Nora Tierney. Book 2, THE GREEN REMAINS, follows Nora's move to Cumbria. Book 3, THE SCARLET WENCH, has her getting mixed up in murder yet again!

2 thoughts on “New Uses of Old Gear

  1. Great ideas!

    Cut the toe off and use the upper part of the sock as a coffee/tea cozy on mugs so that you don’t burn burn your hands.

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