I’ve never bought rubber bands. They always seem to end up in my junk drawer, where they create massive mountains amid old pens and paperclips. The problem is I already use rubber bands for everything that one would normally use them for, and I don’t know what to do with the rest of them without just throwing them out.
If you’re like me and need an outlet for your rubber bands, try using them in one of the following 20 weird ways:
1. Eyeglasses holder: If those fancy lanyards that create a necklace out of your glasses are too expensive for you, take a pile of thin rubber bands. Loop them together until they form a chain that fits you comfortably. You can do this with fun, colorful rubber bands and wear it in public as a fashion statement.
2. Habit reducer: Slide a rubber band on your wrist. Every time you do something that you’re not supposed to, such as bite your nails, snap the rubber band on your wrist. Soon you’ll stop doing whatever it is that has been bothering you. I wouldn’t recommend this for getting over an addiction, however.
3. Candle stabilizer: If your tapers are unstable, wrap rubber bands around the end until they no longer move around. The more stable your candles are, the less likely they are to accidentally shift and cause a fire.
4. Temporary labels: If you don’t like to write on your Tupperware or reusable containers, just wrap a thick rubber band around the container and write on it. I do this to note when I make certain dishes so that I don’t forget to toss them when they’re no longer safe to eat.
5. Wine markers: Having a dinner party with matching stemware? Wrap multicolored rubber bands around each glass to denote it as your own. You can throw them out when the night is over.
6. Broom repair: Worn brooms don’t perform as well as firm ones. Get your broom back into shape by wrapping thick rubber bands several inches above the end of the broom to keep its core solid.
7. Level marker: A rubber band wrapped around a paint can will indicate how much paint you have left. Keep moving the rubber band as you fill or remove items from the cans to accurately tell the level of the liquid.
8. Eraser: In a pinch, you can ball up rubber bands and use them as an eraser. However, it is not the best solution. I don’t recommend this type of eraser for important papers.
9. Spoon rest: I have a large mixing bowl, and whenever I’m baking, my small wooden spoons always fall into the batter. To prevent this, I wrap a rubber band high on the handle and rest the spoon so the rubber band is above the bowl’s lip.
10. Page turner: Did you lose that little rubber thimble that helps you turn the pages without licking your fingers? Carefully wrap a few rubber bands around your finger to make an impromptu rubber thimble. Be sure not to cut off your circulation.
11. Emergency splint: If you don’t have a fully stocked first aid kit, you can use a rubber band or three to anchor a Popsicle stick to your injured finger.
12. Soap throttle: If you want to maximize the amount of soap that you use in the bathroom, just wrap a rubber band around the neck of the pump to shorten the amount that comes out each time you tap the pump.
13. Apple keeper: Instead of putting apple slices in a bag for later, keep them fresh by slicing the apple and then tying the apple back into its original shape with a rubber band. The apple slices won’t brown if you use this technique.
14. Paintbrush scraper: You can minimize paint can excess by scraping your brush off over the can with a rubber band wrapped around it vertically.
15. De-tangle thread: To make sure your thread won’t tangling when you’re not using it, wrap a rubber band around each spool. This will prevent the thread from mingling with other thread ends, causing a knot.
16. Flower organizer: To arrange your flowers in an attractive way, gather the flowers together with a rubber band.
17. Tailor made: Instead of adjusting your shirt when the top button gets too tight, loop the buttons together with a rubber band to give you more breathing room.
18. Shaver grip: Take rubber bands and wrap them around your razor to keep a good grip on it in the shower.
19. Emergency glue: If you need to stick two things together, melt a rubber band and spread it onto the surfaces that you need stuck together. It will work for the short term.
20. Cutting board stabilizer: If your cutting board shakes when you slice and dice, put a rubber band on each end until it stops moving while you chop.
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