Often times, socks lose their match, so you likely just toss these lonely, mismatched socks in the trash. Why throw away a perfectly good sock, though, when you can use these perfectly good mismatches for so many other things. Here is what you can do with mismatched socks:
Sew into a quilt. If you like making quilts (or evening throws) with small squares, socks make durable quilting squares. Just pick out the more colorful mismatched sock to use in your quilt. Besides the durability, a sock quilt will keep you warm all winter long. Just make sure that you do not use mismatched socks that are so worn that they have the elastic strings coming out of them. Besides this hurting the sock’s durability, it also causes an eye sore when you sew it into the quilt or throw.
Create drawer cachets. It is always nice to get a whiff of perfume, even if you have stopped wearing that particular fragrance. Let’s face it, perfume smells trigger memories, so choose a perfume that carries some good memories and spray a mismatched sock to serve as a sachet. Just roll the mismatched sock into a ball and saturate with your favorite perfume and place it in the corner of your drawer. When the smell fades, all you have to do is re-saturate with perfume. If you get tired of the fragrance that you initially use, then throw the sock in the washer and start over.
Dust your home. Why buy a special-made dust cloth when you can save the money and use a mismatched sock? Just roll up your sleeves and pull the sock up over your hand and dust away. Spray your furniture with polish or dusting spray and swipe clean. A sock works well, too, for polishing silver or cleaning jewelry. The point is that using a sock to clothe you hand for such jobs offers protection, while keeping your hand close to the job that you are doing with it. You do not have to sacrifice cleaning quality just to protect your hand from the cleaning chemicals.
Use as gloves. Moving furniture can damage your nails and your hands if you’re not careful. Even so, why go out and buy a pair of gloves for hand protection when you can use a pair of mismatched socks to cushion your hands and protect your nails. Just pick out the two cushioniest socks that you have. (These will likely be tube socks.) Pull these socks up over your hands and move what you need to move. The best thing about using socks as gloves is that you still have close use of your fingers, when some pairs of gloves actually stifle the use of fingers.
Expand you waistline. Do you have pants that fit you everywhere except the waist? If so, don’t let these pants sit in your closet, use a mismatched sock to expand the waistline. Find a sturdy mismatched sock that comes close to matching (in color) the pair of pants you want to expand and then cut a slit in the waistband of the pants on both sides (toward the back of the pants or on the sides). Simply cut a piece of sock to fit the slit and sew it into the pair of pants for more pant-stretching room. Be sure to use a sewing machine, though, for stitch durability.