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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 02:43 PM

What can you use old socks for? I mean, some that don't have holes,

they're just old and kind of grubby-looking.

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Reply What can you use old socks for? I mean, some that don't have holes, (Original post)
raccoon Dec 2016 OP
MADem Dec 2016 #1
BuddyCa Dec 2016 #2
csziggy Dec 2016 #3
shenmue Dec 2016 #16
csziggy Dec 2016 #4
sarge43 Dec 2016 #5
demmiblue Dec 2016 #15
femmocrat Dec 2016 #6
Hassin Bin Sober Dec 2016 #7
shenmue Dec 2016 #17
Arkansas Granny Dec 2016 #8
demmiblue Dec 2016 #14
Brother Buzz Dec 2016 #9
Mendocino Dec 2016 #10
True Dough Dec 2016 #11
zanana1 Dec 2016 #12
madamesilverspurs Dec 2016 #13
panader0 Dec 2016 #18
crazycatlady Dec 2016 #19
raccoon Dec 2016 #20
crazycatlady Dec 2016 #21
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SCantiGOP Dec 2016 #23

Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 02:46 PM

1. Dusting furniture...? nt

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 03:00 PM

2. puppets!

 

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 03:27 PM

3. Cat or dog toys!

For cats, put some catnip in them and tie them off. We used to use old longe whips (think buggy whip) that the long lash had broken off. Tied a string around the catnip filled sock and the other end around the end of the whip.

We called them "confuse a cat sticks" in honor of a Monty Python sketch. They were great for wearing out kitties just before bedtime without wearing us out.

I never needed dog toys for our farm dogs but socks could be braided or sewn into pull toys or some other toy for dogs. I'd be careful that the dogs would not shred them into pieces small enough to swallow which could lead to medical problems.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 06:59 PM

16. Yes

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 03:28 PM

4. Another thought - since they have no holes, dye them black

And use them for those occasions you need black socks.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 03:45 PM

5. Door stops and paper weights

Fill with dry beans or, if a tight weave, sand.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 06:46 PM

15. Throw them in the microwave for a bit and they make good heating pads. n/t

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 04:16 PM

6. Dipsticks.

LOL

I give them to my husband and he uses them in the garage for checking the oil, cleaning the car's interior, etc. He says they are better than paper towels. (These are old white cotton socks. Synthetics wouldn't be good.) I ended up with a good supply of them after the boys left home. They make OK dust rags too, but not as good as old flannel shirts!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 04:29 PM

7. Stuff them in republican family members' mouths.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 06:59 PM

17. Haaaaaaaaaa

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 07:50 PM

8. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had a novel use for them.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 06:44 PM

14. Heh!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 09:10 PM

9. I throw what's left of them out in the spring

I start with fresh underwear and a new pair of socks in the spring, and when holes wear through the socks, I just pull them up and baste them to my underwear and throw on a new pair of socks. By fall, I have a fine pair of long johns that serves me through the entire winter. Thrifty, I am.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 10:33 PM

10. I live in a cold climate,

I use old socks on the outdoor water faucets for insulation in winter.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 02:55 AM

11. Some don't have holes?

How do you get your feet in?


Sorry, couldn't resist that lame old joke.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 11:33 AM

12. For the ones that don't have holes

Fill one of them with nickles and use it as a weapon!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 04:15 PM

13. Roll them up into a ball.

Keep 'em handy to throw at the teevee; they don't hurt it. These days, they get thrown so often they keep the screen clean, so there's that. Bonus: bending over to pick them up is exercise, so sez me.


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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 07:12 PM

18. I put a couple with my chain saw tools for cleaning.

And use them for applying stain on wood.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 08:09 PM

19. I send them to H&M

They have a clothes recycling program, and my clothes too ratty for the thrift store go to that (holey and mismatched socks, holey underwear, ratty tshirts, etc). What they do with them is beyond me but they don't go to a landfill.

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 07:59 AM

20. What is H & M? nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 10:26 AM

21. clothes store

It is in my local mall.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 12:29 PM

22. Give them to Goodwill (or another thrift store).

I started with Goodwill, because it's such a huge operation. Especially at this time of year, it gets trash bags full of donated junk that it can't put up for sale in its stores.

What it can do with clothing that is too worn out to sell is to bundle it up in huge bales. Why? So it can sell the bales of otherwise useless clothing to rag merchants. The rag merchants shred the clothes and process them for rebirth as 100-percent rag content paper.

So that's where that comes from.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_paper

Just mark the bags are "rags," and you'll be okay.

Don't take my word for it. Ask them.

Best wishes.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 01:08 PM

23. very useful

for picking up cat puke. We have an old cat who sometimes gorges on his food and then spits it up. Pick it up with the old sock, pull if off your hand so it turns inside out and it is a slightly less obnoxious task.

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