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4 Laundry Hacks So You Don’t Lose Your Socks

If you’re always losing your socks in the wash, you’ll love these 4 Laundry Hacks So You Don’t Lose Your Socks. They’re actual tips to keep your socks together, not jokes.

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I got six new pairs of socks for Christmas because, if you’ve been following along on Facebook, you know I’ve suddenly been finding lots of holes in lots of socks.

Super frustrating.

But what’s even more frustrating is that I washed the six new pairs and lost three socks along the way.

It’s not just me. There are tons of memes about how little fairies go into your dryer to steal your socks and into your cabinets to steal your Tupperware lids. But, I’m here to help — with the socks, not the lids.

I have a list of Laundry Hacks so you don’t lose your socks. Hopefully these will help you.

4 Laundry Hacks So You Don’t Lose Your Socks

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Mesh laundry bag.

Use a mesh laundry bag

I love taking a mesh laundry bag with me when I go on vacation. I pack it in my suitcase, then put my socks in it after I’ve worn them. When I get back from vacation, I throw the entire bag in the washer and dryer.

When the laundry is done, every sock that you put inside the bag is still inside the bag. They’re all still there. None of them get lost. It’s amazing. Then, unzip the bag and put all your socks away.

If you use a mesh laundry bag during the week, you won’t lose your socks. It’ll take a little bit of getting used it, especially if you’re used to taking your socks off and putting them in the hamper or laundry basket with the rest of your dirty clothes.

To make it a habit, hang a mesh laundry bag near your hamper or wherever you keep your laundry basket. When you take your socks off, put them in that bag instead of the hamper. Throw the mesh laundry bag with your wash, and, yay, no more lost socks.

Lost socks wall hanging sign.

Hang a lost socks sign in your laundry room

Lost socks signs are so cute. You could DIY one (which, honestly, I sort of want to do for a blog post) or just purchase one online (which is not as cheap, but a lot easier).

If you’ve never seen one, they are usually boards of wood with either clothespins or a basket at the bottom (like the photo above, which you can buy here). Then, when you’re folding your laundry, if you find a sock that’s missing a mate, clip it to the board or drop it in the basket.

Next time you do laundry, if you find its other half, you can take it off the board and make a pair.

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Stick with one style

I have a ton of super cute socks with all sorts of designs on them. No two are the same. This is, mostly, because my brother once told me, “White socks are a wasted opportunity.” So, ever since then, I’ve avoided buying a bag of white socks and wearing them daily.

Pete, however, found a style of sock that he loves, so he bought a huge bag of them. Making sure he doesn’t lose socks is so easy because they’re all the same sock anyway. Folding them means just making a huge stack of the same sock. If one is missing, no one knows.

Throw away socks as a pair

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been noticing a lot of holes in my socks lately. What happens, though, is I get a hole in one sock and think that I should save the other one because it doesn’t have a hole. And for a while, I contemplate not tossing the hole-free sock.

If you do too, you’re adding to the problem of socks missing mates because you literally threw away the mate. You’ll never have a matching pair at that rate. So instead, when there’s a hole in one, toss them both.

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More Laundry Tips:

Speaking of laundry, we have a other laundry-related posts that you might like.

To keep your laundry room nice and organized with our Organizing Your Laundry Room Done Easy post. Keep it smelling nice by cleaning it. Our How To Keep Your Laundry Room Smelling Fresh and Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Laundry Room posts can help with that.

Keep laundry a frugal chore with our 10 Simple Tips To Save Money On Laundry.

And, just for fun, check out our DIY Laundry Room Wall Art tutorial.

Do you have any laundry hacks so you don’t lose your socks? Let us know in the comments.

Lydia Samson

Sunday 10th of February 2019

I love the stick with one style. I actually do that by intentionally mismatching fun style socks, so no one ever loses their mate. My hubby through has all white socks and never knows if he is missing socks or not.

Sarah Meh

Sunday 10th of February 2019

These are some interesting ideas. I didn't know about mesh bags. It'd definitely won't lose my socks.

Cindy Ingalls

Sunday 10th of February 2019

I remember South Park did an episode with Sock Fairies. It was pretty funny. I'm usually pretty good about not losing socks, except for two pairs. They keep appearing and then disappearing again. Those mesh bags might be needed.


Saturday 9th of February 2019

I love this, laundry day is tomorrow and I am so trying these hacks!

Jessica Martin

Saturday 9th of February 2019

These are great hacks to use for those pesky socks. I am in the process of making a lost sock sign for our laundry area. I will also try the mesh bag idea for our socks that aren't without a mate.