10 bril­liant uses for or­phan socks

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En­sure laun­dry smells fresh

In­stead of buy­ing pricey chem­i­calladen dryer sheets, try this: Sat­u­rate a clean sock with 20 drops of your fa­vorite es­sen­tial oil, then slip the sock into another sock (to pre­vent the oil from stain­ing gar­ments) and toss into the dryer with the rest of your clothes. The oil will add a pleas­ant nat­u­ral scent to each load. Just add more oil when the sock loses its aroma.

Pre­vent com­puter wrist pain

If hours of typ­ing leave you in pain, skip the ex­pen­sive wrist rests and make your own! Sim­ply fill a clean tube sock with a few hand­fuls of dried beans, tie closed and place in front of your key­board. The sock will al­low you to keep your hands el­e­vated while you type, ward­ing off aches.

Save time clean­ing win­dow blinds

Make light work of dust­ing the blinds in your liv­ing room with the help of socks. To do: Slide a clean sock over each end of a pair of kitchen tongs and se­cure each with a rub­ber band. Then spritz all-pur­pose cleaner on the socks, grab each slat with the tongs and slide across. The cloth will col­lect dust while the tongs make it easy to clean be­tween each blind.

Move heavy fur­ni­ture

You want to re­ar­range the liv­ing room fur­ni­ture to make room for your New Year’s Eve bash, but you can’t lift the heav­ier pieces, and you’re home alone. The fix: Slip a sock over each foot of the couch or chair. The sock will cut down on fric­tion be­tween the floor and the fur­ni­ture leg, al­low­ing you to push and pull with ease. Bonus: The fabric cov­er­ing will pro­tect your floors from scratches or scrapes!

Help shoes keep their shape

You love your fancy suede pumps, but since you don’t wear them reg­u­larly and you don’t have a shoe tree, they tend to lose their shape. The solution: Roll two socks into a ball and place in­side each shoe. The sock balls will pre­vent the sides of the shoes from cav­ing in be­tween uses.

Heat-proof a skil­let’s han­dle

You made stir-fry for din­ner, but the pot’s han­dle is too hot to touch and you can’t find an oven mitt! The in-a-pinch swap that works just as well? Sim­ply slip a thick, clean sock over the han­dle. The fabric will al­low you to grab the han­dle with­out get­ting burned.

Lo­cate miss­ing ob­jects with ease

Oops! You dropped an ear­ring on the car­pet and you can’t find it. The save: Slip a sock over your vac­uum’s hose at­tach­ment and run it over the car­pet. The vac­uum’s suc­tion will re­trieve the item, but the sock will trap it be­fore it gets sucked into the ma­chine.

Feel more relaxed in sec­onds!

Un­wind af­ter a stress­ful day with a DIY aro­mather­apy pil­low. To make: Fill a clean tube sock with 1 cup of un­cooked rice and 5 drops of laven­der es­sen­tial oil. Tie the sock closed and place in the mi­crowave on medium power for 1 minute or un­til it’s warm to the touch. Care­fully re­move from the ap­pli­ance and drape it over your neck. The home­made heat­ing pad will soothe achy mus­cles while the calm­ing scent of laven­der will help you re­lax. Aah, that’s bet­ter!

Pro­tect break­ables in stor­age

You splurged on a ceramic Nativity scene this year and you want to keep the del­i­cate pieces safe when you store them for next Christ­mas. What can help: Slip each fig­urine into a clean or­phan sock, then care­fully place in a stor­age con­tainer. The soft fabric will pro­tect each piece from scratches, plus keep them sep­a­rated so they don’t clash to­gether in the box.

Keep a rest­less pup en­ter­tained for hours

Chilly win­ter days mean Buster is stuck in­side—and he’s get­ting into more trou­ble than usual. To keep him oc­cu­pied, make him a safe, fun chew toy. To do: Place an empty dis­pos­able plas­tic wa­ter bot­tle in­side an or­phan sock and tie a knot in the end. Your four-legged pal will have a blast when he chews on the bot­tle and hears the crack­ling. And since the sock keeps the bot­tle con­tained, you don’t have to worry about him swal­low­ing any plas­tic pieces.

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