Where Do All The Socks Go?

I know the question, ‘Where do all the socks go,’ is not exactly new. The general response is that the washing machine eats them! Well, I think the washing machine has become a bit of a scapegoat. I don’t think there is any great mystery to missing socks. I think they are usually in the general location of where my two young kids and hubby leave them! And that can be, just about anywhere! However, it is frustrating, but I am here to help! Here are my top tips of places to look for that elusive missing odd sock:

Where do all the socks go?:

  • Under the sofa – especially if you have wooden/laminate flooring. Carpet provides some friction to prevent the mass landslide of items disappearing under the sofa, but wooden flooring just entices socks to slip right under.
  • In your hoover – you know when you are hovering around the sofa and you hear that noise, suggesting you’ve just hovered up something more substantial than a lego piece? That could be a sock!
  • Behind the cushions or under the seats of the sofa.
  • Stuffed down the back of the radiator – seriously, especially if you have young kids, the stuff you can find behind there is unbelievable!
  • In the toy box.
  • In the car – look right under the seats – actually if you have kids maybe it would be safer not to. Half eaten sandwiches like to grow under there!
  • The washing machine – the poor washing machine which usually receives all the blame, is not exactly faultless. Sometimes socks do like to hide in that little rubber seal inside the door. Or, if you have a gap at the back of the machine, they do like to slither down the wall!
  • Inside duvet covers or pillow cases – I have found the occasional sock snuggled up in the bottom of the duvet cover when changing the beds. I do not know if it was there before it got washed, or if this is another example which can be blamed on the washing machine, but it is worth checking!
  • In other sock drawers – now since I’m the only one around here that does any housework, I’m not sure how my odd socks sometimes end up in my husbands drawer… maybe he steals them?  And my two boys – oh my goodness that is actually hard – how am I supposed to know which sock belongs to whom. I am considering starting a system where one boy only wears plain socks, and the other only has stripped!
  • On the pavement – miles from your house. You know this one is true because you’ve seen them yourself I bet? A poor abandoned soggy sock just listlessly lying on the pavement. No-one ever goes back for them. No-one ever picks them up and tries to get them home to their ‘sole’ mate. No… pavement socks have definitely had their day of warming feet!
  • In your handbag – you know – for the ones that nearly became pavement socks!
  • Everywhere else – seriously, at any given time if I walked around the entire house and just picked up the socks that were lying in plain sight, I could probably gather enough material to make a patchwork quilt. They can be on the kitchen table, just randomly strewn on the floor, being chewed by Aaron, my one year old, etc, etc, etc!

I don’t really understand why my family members can’t just keep their socks on their feet. The boys in particular really seem to have some kind of sock aversion. Mr C is the opposite. I reckon he can go through 3 or 4 pairs a day! He is really rather funny my Mr C. He once asked me if I could stop pairing his socks inside out. I informed him that was no problem! All he had to do was put them in the laundry basket (or leave them on the floor) the right way, and that is how they would be returned to the sock drawer. Unsurprisingly, he still receives his socks paired inside out.

I actually think I could write a book about socks, but I will stop now.

where do all the socks go


How would you answer the question, ‘Where do all the socks go’, or where is the very oddest place you have found one?



  • lystramaisey says:

    Hello there, I share your pain but am so glad I am not alone-socks continue to torment me daily, and our little man even came home from pre-school recently without one as he’d lost one there as well! Roll on summer…! x #sharewithme

  • ravacholle says:

    Oh my! I am dreading the days when this will happen to me. For now it’s just me, the boyfriend and the clothes drying rack so there is no opportunity for socks to run wild. I totally fold my socks too and be aware people if you don’t do it like me when folding my laundry!

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) says:

    Socks are so magical! They vanish in my house as well. If only they wont go to neverland I can save money from not buying them every so often! #sharewithme

  • Louise says:

    Oh yes I can relate to this. I find them all over the house but mostly down the back of the sofa or in amongst the toys in the living room. Hubby has a whole pile of solo socks – I often end up throwing them out if their partners don’t turn up after a few months

  • I really need to know the answer to this question! lol I am constantly buying new socks for us all because no matches can ever be found. For my hubby I keep buy the same pack so that the odd pairs can match up with the soon to be odd pairs. It’s a never ending battle in this house too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  • Robin says:

    The dog takes my kids socks outside with her all the time and their gloves we really have to watch her before she goes out the door, because she never brings them back.

  • This really made me smile, in our house my 8yo never has any socks… his drawer will be empty, as will the laundry basket! I have no idea how he does it, but I can generally follow a trail of socks around the house 🙂 #sharewithme

  • lifeatthelittlewood says:

    So funny! 🙂 Mr M is a sock folder rather than a roller too. I get told off all the time for rolling them! Xx

  • kidglloves says:

    Lucas says – We always find socks in Ash the Dog’s bed. We call them his babies and Mum calls it a “b****y nuisance” and then I have to tell her off…………. #sharewithme

  • Wicked World of Lucas says:

    I did giggle at this. I firmly believe that we have a Sock Goblin in our house. He sneaks into the laundry room in the middle of the night and takes one of each pair off the dryer. He then takes them back to his world and trades them on the Goblin Black market!!!! Great post 🙂

  • Ann Winters says:

    Lol! This is a handy list! we experience the same mistery around our home, socks constantly vanishing…!!!

  • I could go around my house and pick up more little socks than my children have ever owned or worn in their lives! I don’t know how it’s possible, but it is.

  • Ha ha ha! Oh the mystery of that missing sock (s!!!) We did actually find 5 socks recently on the big car clean out, marking the beginning of the new year!

  • Lauren says:

    I used to have a mischievous cat called Kipper who had an obsession with pulling socks off our laundry airer.

    When we moved out of our house, we found a little used kitchen cupboard, complete with a half drunk bottle of whiskey and a little mound of odd socks.

    The cat looked very shifty about it all.

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