Last week I went to the pharmacy, looking for a device that helps old people pull on their socks. I don't consider myself old, but I do have a bad hip, and while I can cross my left leg over my right knee to put on a sock, I can't do that with my right leg. It's been that way all my life, but as I've aged, it's gotten so bad that it's very painful trying to put a sock on my right foot.
So I paid $18 for a cheap sock aid that is next to worthless. I went back and looked at their other sock aids. They had one other brand, at an utterly ridiculous $32. We're not talking rocket science, folks. A sock aid is basically just a tube with straps attached. The top of the tube is open. You slide your sock onto the tube, stick your foot into the opening, and pull up on the straps. It pulls the sock onto your foot and slides free from the sock.
No way was I going to pay $32 for a piece of plastic with straps. So I made my own. I took an old plastic 2-cup measuring cup and cut off the bottom, sliced off the handle and upper part of the tube, made a slit on either side for the straps, and voila! It cost me nothing--I had all the materials. And because it's rigid plastic, I can wipe off the hand lotion that I often use on my dry feet. That's my homemade sock aid, below.