How to Dry Socks When You Don’t Have a Dryer

Nobody wants to wear wet socks. Not only are they uncomfortable, but walking around in those squishing things all day can cause blistering, cracked heels, and add a higher risk for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. You’ll want to get soaked socks dried out whenever you can, but you’re not always at the convenience of modern technology to do so. Here’s how to dry socks when a dryer isn’t an option.

A towel can be your best friend in a wet socks situation where electricity isn’t available, such as when out hiking. Lay the towel down, place your socks on top, then roll it into a tube shape. Twist tightly, starting at one end and working down until the entire towel has been wrung. This can get a good amount of extra water out. Otherwise, air dry your socks as best you can outdoors, anytime you can take a break of 20 minutes or more.

Indoors, you have more options. if you happen to have an iron, a towel can be used as a cover to dry socks instead. Lay a thin towel over your wet socks on the ironing board and simply press it using high heat. Turn the socks over and press again to get both sides. If you have no iron, look for other sources of heat such as a radiator to hang your socks near or a blowdryer to blast them with heat. Give them as much air and exposure as possible. No heat? Place socks near an open window or anywhere that circulates air instead.

If your feet have skin problems from too much time in the wet socks or any other reason, Dr. Kevin Powers can help you find an effective and comfortable solution. Call our Bloomington, IN office at (812) 333-4422 to schedule an appointment.