Country Lore: Homemade Styrofoam Shoe Inserts

Shoe inserts made from leftover styrofoam plates can help keep feet warm and dry in the winter.

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Would it ever have occurred to you to use these as shoe inserts?

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Don't throw away the Styrofoam plates from meat packages. Instead, have your child place his or her foot on one, trace the outline of the foot in marker, and cut the shape out. Do the same for the other foot. Then stick them inside the child's shoes or boots as shoe inserts. They will keep the dampness out all winter so that your child's feet will remain warm and dry.

One more tip: To keep battery terminal corrosion, dab a little bit of Vaseline on and around the posts. Then put a penny on the top of each post. It'll do the trick.

David Dudley
Argyle, New York