Some unexpected uses for rubber bands – Part 2

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Rubber bands: so much more than just stretchy. Image: dullhunk/Flickr/CC BY

Rubber bands are among the most practical and versatile items in your home or office. And, as we have seen, they aren’t just for when you can’t find your Scrunchie anymore. Here are some more innovative uses for the office staples.

Make-shift splint

Rubber bands can be used to secure a stick or other long, rigid object to an injured finger to keep it immobile en route to the ER.

Make-shift eraser

If your make a mistake when writing and the eraser has already been chewed off of your pencil, just wad up a rubber band and use it. It really works.

Remote control table protection

Most of us have too many remote controls these days. They clutter the coffee table, and can scratch it from repeated use by zoned- out people in couch-potato mode. To prevent this from happening, make a scratch-cushion by placing a wide rubber band around each end of your remotes.

Buttonhole extender

Did you ever try to wear a necktie over a shirt that is too tight in the collar? A rubber band can be used to loosen the collar while keeping it securely shut, leaving you dapper and comfortable. Simply thread a small rubber band length-wise through the collar buttonhole and loop the ends over the button.

Reviving frayed brooms

Don’t throw out that old broom just because the bristles have begun to splay and have decreased its effectiveness. Just wrap some rubber bands around the business end of the broom, a few inches from the bottom. Let it stand for a couple days and the bristles should be back in line.

Making a spoon non-slip

Ever have the mixing spoon slip down into a bowl of cake batter while you were grabbing another egg or greasing the baking pan? You can prevent that by wrapping a rubber band around the spoon, just above where it touches the rim of the bowl.

Keep cabinet doors shut

Sometimes the latches on cabinet get worn out and don’t close the way they should. Or you may have toddlers who keep opening them just because they can. A rubber band, stretched between the left and right cabinet knobs should fix that in a jiffy.

Breaking in your baseball glove

A new baseball glove is too stiff to be used effectively. It needs to be broken in. To do so, first beat on it with a rubber mallet and bend it every which way. Then coat it in shaving cream. Next, put a baseball in the glove, seal the fingers over it, and secure it that way with some rubber bands for a couple days.

The humorous video below features ten things we recommend NOT doing with a rubber band.

Video: ’10 Things You Can Do With a Rubber Band’


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