The Single Best Thing You Can Do with a Sock That’s Missing Its Mate

published Feb 17, 2022
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Mismatched socks.
Credit: Sarah Crowley

Ever wonder what really happens to your missing socks? Where did all those matches go? In our house, socks go missing far too often. We have a place dedicated to hold single socks without matches and we have an official entry on the chore chart that’s devoted to re-matching the socks that inevitably fill up the Lost Laundry bin. Sometimes sock pairs are happily reunited, so that we can joyously nest a few pairs back in our dresser drawers. But, more likely than not, a handful always stay single. What to do with these mismatched odds and ends?

If you’ve given up hope that you’ll ever reunite a sock, it might be time to give it a new life.

Credit: Sarah Crowley

Use a Mismatched Sock for Dusting

Instead of throwing your sock away or letting it collect dust in the laundry room, use it as a handy duster! Just slip it over your hand like a sock puppet and get to work. This way, you can dust with your covered hand, and you’ll be able to not only move swiftly across empty surfaces, but also work around more intricate shapes in a way that you can’t do with a dusting wand. A sock, it turns out, makes for a pretty useful DIY dusting mitt. 

You might even be surprised how much you’ll find to dust when you’re dusting by hand. Plus, once you’re done dusting, you can easily wash the sock to use again and again. (More dusting!)

With your convenient repurposed sock, you can pay special attention to rarely dusted areas around the house, such as the following: 

  • Tops of door frames
  • Tops of window frames and window ledges
  • Picture frames and mirrors
  • Tops of curtain and shower curtain rods
  • Light bulbs
  • Tchotchkes (you can hold them up, and get in the nooks and crannies)
  • Lamp bases
  • Plant leaves 
  • Blinds 
  • Mantels 
  • Bookshelves and the tops of books

Happy dusting!

Do you have any handy dusting tips? Tell us in the comments below.