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New uses for baby socks

By on February 22, 2013

If your baby has grown out of his or her socks, why not repurpose them?

Make cat toys:

Insert catnip and sew the opening closed. You can add yarn or ribbon to drag or dangle the toy, or put a jingle bell inside, too. Catnip is a perennial herb; you can grow it indoors or outdoors for added savings.

Craft cute ornaments for next year:

Stuff a baby sock with poly-fil and make mini snowmen. For instructions, visit or

Other uses:

Baby socks can be used a body scrubber with soap slivers inside. Polish leather shoes or purses, or use them to dust and clean around your home.
The first reader shares how she reuses baby socks:

Reuse baby socks:

I use baby socks to cover the hot things in my car, like the gearshift and the glowplug pull. My mechanic laughed his head off when he first saw them and then asked me where to buy them when I came back to pick the car up. — Edna, Texas

Re-purpose clothing:

Our family’s worn-out clothes get a second life as rags. I cut the tips off the socks so they don’t accidentally wind up back in the sock drawer, and I cut the T-shirts into smaller, more manageable pieces. All these rags of varying sizes are kept in a small plastic trash bin under the kitchen sink. The kids know exactly where to go and what to do when there’s a spill.
We also reuse our plastic grocery bags as garbage bags. They fit perfectly over the kitchen trash bin when the handles of the grocery bag are gently stretched and secured over the sides of the trash bin. There’s really no need to buy plastic trash bags. — Connie, Rhode Island

Fels-Naptha rave:

I found two bars packed together in a bag at a thrift store for $1. I bought it because I remember my grandmother and mother using it. I recently moistened the bar and rubbed it on a grease spot on a gray sweater. It took the stain out! I am so happy, this was a dollar well-spent. — Elena, email

New laundry soap recipe:

I decided to try dry soap, so here is what I did:
1 large plastic cat litter tub
2 boxes Borax
2 boxes washing soda
8 pounds baking soda or OxiClean
6 bars Fels-Naptha soap (fine ground in food processor)
1 bottle Purex scent crystals (I used lavender), 32-load size
1 small box Gain powder, optional (I just added this for the scent.)
Stir in some of each and continue adding in layers as it fills the tub and gets hard to mix. I ended up using my hands. I put some in the Purex bottle and use the little cap to measure out about two tablespoons. It should last the year. I used it last night and was very happy with it. Total cost was about $30-35, or $2.91 a month, which equates to roughly 10 cents per load. — Cricket, Texas

Lye soap for stains:

I made some lye soap recently and just used some on one of my ruined new tops. The soap took out the grease stains, and my top is good as new again! It even rescued one of my husband’s T-shirts. Be careful what you use it on, but it worked great for me! Both of the shirts I used it on were cotton or cotton blend. — C.H., South Carolina

photo by Ken Wilcox

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