When the elastic has finally stretched out of your cotton gym socks, give them a new life in the sacristy sock bag!  They make great “mitts” on your hands for picking up polished brass, dusting and polishing cloths. You will want only 100% cotton socks. Worn toes and heels won’t matter at all.  They can be laundered many times and will continue to grown softer and more serviceable.  Men’s old cotton teeshirts are another candidate for polishing and cleaning cloths. Once upon a time birdseye baby diapers made great cleaning and polishing rags -but now, of course nearly everyone uses disposables!