I stepped in deep puddle. Darn potholes. I have a meeting in 10 minutes. How can I dry my sock quickly? I have spare shoes.

I tried the washroom hand dryer, but the air blows sideways so I can't dry inside. Also, wadding tissues in the sock makes my foot not fit. Any hacks?

Edit: This best answer here requires body heat and 45 minutes, so it is not applicable.

  • Is it to late to answer?
    – Kiwu
    Apr 18 '16 at 10:19
  • @goodguy5 If you have an answer, please post it below. And if folks finally come to this site through search, please do not send them elsewhere to find that information. Apr 18 '16 at 14:15
  • @RobertCartaino Fair enough. I'm generally hesitant to post answers I haven't tried that I just found online. Give me a minute to get it up. (that's what she said! HEYOO!) Edit: Someone deleted my post and now I can't make an answer.
    – goodguy5
    Apr 18 '16 at 14:17
  • @RobertCartaino Why was my other comment deleted? Now no one can use it. Legitimately confused....
    – goodguy5
    Apr 18 '16 at 14:24
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    @goodguy5 Please do not use comments to answer questions. Comments do not have the features needed to vet anything you post, so that is why answers are not allowed in comments. That, plus you answered with a link intended to send users elsewhere to find that information. We don't do that either. The folks here will work hard to curate this collection of knowledge, so when someone finally finds this site through search, the last thing we want to do is send them elsewhere to find that information. I hope that clarifies the issue. Apr 18 '16 at 14:48

I ended up microwaving the sock in the office break room because I only had a few minutes before a meeting to get it dry. Here's what worked:

  1. Take off the cotton sock and ring it out well.

  2. Put the sock in the shape of a ring on a microwavable plate for max surface area.

  3. Put paper towels over it and under it like a sandwich.

  4. Microwave on high (900W) for about 1 minute.

  5. Flip the paper-towel-sock sandwich over and replace the wet paper towels (now the top ones) with fresh paper towels, and let the steam out of the microwave. The sock will be hot(!) but it cools in about 10 seconds.

  6. Repeat step #5 4 or 5 times until the sock is dry or just lightly damp.

It was a cotton sock (not synthetic) so I think it shrunk a little, but it cooled quickly and I could wear it. Again, with only a few minutes to get the sock dry before a meeting, this worked well in a pinch.

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    Now my ramen noodles smell like sweaty microwaved socks :P
    – Kiwu
    Apr 21 '16 at 8:41

Rice is a great way to quickly absorb moisture. Just drop the sock in a containerwith rice and leave it for a while. To help it dry even faster, wring out all of the residual water inside the sock first.

  • Would that leave little grains of wet rice in the sock? How long would that take to clean out thoroughly you figure?
    – Drakes
    Apr 18 '16 at 23:13
  • changed it because that was an accident. Apr 19 '16 at 15:29
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    due to the nature and specifics of the question I doubt this is and advisable course of action
    – Just Do It
    Apr 19 '16 at 16:07

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