While they may not be the most glamorous article of clothing in your closet, socks are one of the most important when it comes to your overall health. It is common for people to wear their socks, or other articles of clothing, for over a week without doing any laundry. However, if you do this regularly then you may end up with athlete's foot or another unpleasant fungal infection! Here's what you need to know about old socks and how long they're good for.

According to the textile industry, "Socks are made of three parts: a top, a bottom and a foot." These parts can be made from cotton, wool or nylon. Your socks may not be in good condition if they are too threadbare or are twisted. One reason why socks might be in such bad shape is that they have been washed too many times without being adequately cared for afterwards. Some socks get ruined while doing laundry because they get folded and then crumpled up into balls by the machine. If you see this kind of damage to your socks, don't toss them in the washing machine. Instead, take the time to gently unroll and straighten out each one.
When it comes to washing your socks, consider these three simple rules: 

How To Wash Your Socks

1. Always wash cotton socks in cold water. This is because cotton is a natural fiber and it holds a lot of dirt within its fibers. If you wash your cotton socks in hot water, it may cause the material to break down and you'll end up having to buy a new pair. Also, this rule is important because if you don't wash cotton socks in cold water and other clothing items such as bras, underwear or t-shirts touch your socks, they may get stained.
2. Consider not washing nylon or woolen socks at all. If you want to reduce the amount of detergent you use when washing your clothes, this is a good rule to follow. Usually nylon and woolen socks don't get dirty enough to warrant a washing in the washing machine. If dust or other particles do get into your socks, try wiping them down with a wet cloth.
3. Give your socks an airing out each time you wash them. This is an important step because washing machines often leave behind pungent smells that cling to clothing items for hours afterwards. You can easily do this by rinsing them in the shower or running them under the faucet. After you have showered, let the socks dry completely before you take them on with your favorite pair of shoes or socks.
Sometimes people may have a hard time deciding what to do with their old socks. Here are some suggestions:

What To Do With Your Old Socks?

- Don't worry about getting rid of old socks until they get too bad and start falling apart. Then, you'll be able to donate them
- Sew up your old socks and make new ones. You can save money by making your own socks this way.
- Take a pair of scissors or a knife and trim away the old seams, cotton holes or worn out pockets. You can then sew new ones with the original colors in mind.
- Cut off the toe or heel part of your old socks and turn them into a slipper.
- Make a sock puppet to entertain your pets or children.
- Use two pairs of socks to make a pair of slipper for yourself.
- Reuse old socks as dusters for cleaning electronics and other hard to reach places.
- Use them as pot holders or hot mitts when cooking in the kitchen.
- You can also use them as a hairband when doing sports or exercise sessions.
- You can use them as bubble wrap for shipping items through the mail.

If you dont want your socks to get old, here are some tips!

How To Prevent Socks From Getting Old

If you have an old sock that is still in good shape, but is starting to look old and threadbare, then it's a good idea to preserve it by preventing it from getting any older. You can prevent your socks from getting old by following these simple steps:
Inspect each sock before you put them away. If they are worn out, or if they will be hard to wash the next time, make sure that you throw them into the rag bag.
Hang your socks up on a hanger. This helps to prevent them from being knotted up or lost when you are moving through your closet.
Rinse your socks after every use. This will help to wash away any residues and other dirt that may have accumulated while they were in use, and it will also reduce the amount of surprise dirt that comes with wearing them next time you put them on.
Sleep in new socks each night. This helps to preserve your socks by preventing them from getting rough and worn out.
Take care of your socks by keeping them off the floor and tucking them into their proper places. This helps to prevent them from falling under the bed, getting sat on, or being accidentally stepped on.
If you want to make sure that you get the most out of your socks, then you can choose not to wear them at all until they start to look threadbare or worn out.