How to Properly Wash Socks

Today's post will be about how to properly wash socks...

Why socks? You may ask...

Those little things help protect our feet, keep them warm, prevent them from getting blisters while wearing shoes…

The list goes on and on.

They are a vital and enormously essential component to daily life.

But they also are a real pain in the ass when laundry time comes.

You probably are like me, with little to no time to do laundry, and with a monstrous washing machine that eats socks everytime!

You have no idea how many socks I've lost.

Keeping the other pair doesn't help as by the time I find the missing pair, I just don't remember where I put the orphaned one.

So, one of the best solutions I recommend, is using a wash bag to keep your socks in one place and avoid feeding the washer monster.

It works wonderful for me, but I've read some people complaining about the socks not getting properly clean.

It is not the fault of the bags, remember they're only helping you!

But sometimes socks need more than just a regular cycle on the washer to get really cleaned.

If yours or any family member's socks look like this, or worse. I have a solution for you.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 gal of luke warm water
  • 1 Tbsp of Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • 1 Tbsp Washing Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
  • Juice from one lemon
  • A wash basin or bucket


  • Shake off the dirt from the socks as much as you can. It works best if wash immediately after the socks were soiled.
  • Wash the socks in plain water to wash away the dirt as much as you can.
  • In a bucket or basin, pour about gallon of luke warm water.
  • Add all the ingredients and mix to dissolve the powder ingredients well.
  • Immerse the socks in the solution, making sure it’s completely submerged.
  • Soak the socks overnight. Hydrogen peroxide work with time so longer it has to work on the stain, the better.

The next day, wash them with water to remove all residues and put them in the washer on a regular cycle with the rest of your load.

Don't forget the wash bag!

Just make sure you've removed all residues before, as peroxide can whiten your dark clothes.