Rubber Band Hacks That Will Have You Running To The Junk Drawer

One of the many items found in the kitchen or office junk drawer is a weird amount of rubber bands. The question stands, what in the world could these office supplies be used for?

Thankfully, we’re here to help. Rubber bands can be used for many things that don’t include making a huge rubber band ball (even though that can be used as an eraser!). Maybe think about strapping yourself down, because these hacks will have you buying out the rubber band section at your nearest office supply store.

Stubborn Stripped Screws Are A Thing Of The Past

Stubborn Stripped Screws Are A Thing Of The Past
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joslyn ac/Pinterest

When you’re trying to hang things on the wall or put something together, there is nothing worse than realizing one of your screws is stripped. There’s no way for the screwdriver to do its job if the screws are wonky.

Have no fear, your decorations and furniture will be put together with this simple hack. Place a rubber band on the screw, and use a screwdriver like normal. The band will fit into the grooves of the screw, allowing for the screwdriver to get a good grip!

Wrap One Around Your Finger To Easily Flip Pages

Wrap One Around Your Finger To Easily Flip Pages
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Lottie Carryer/Pinterest

If you’re studying a lot, or even casually reading one afternoon, then you know it can be very frustrating when your book pages don’t turn with ease. They’re either getting stuck together or are just too slippery for your fingers to grip.

Try wrapping a tiny rubber band around the finger and start flipping those pages with ease. The grip of the rubber will make it easier to flip the pages, and you’ll be reading without frustration in no time!

Give Yourself The Perfect French Manicure

Give Yourself The Perfect French Manicure
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Angel Bullington/Pinterest

There’s nothing worse than giving yourself a manicure and having the polish smudge because you thought you were an artist and went for the French tips. Don’t grab your credit card and head to the nail salon just yet, first head to your junk drawer for a rubber band.

Would you believe that using a rubber band to guide the polish brush will give you a perfect French manicure? All you need to do is place the band a few inches down your nail, hold it there, paint, and remove!

Attach Rubber Bands To Hanger Arms So Clothes Stay Put

Attach Rubber Bands To Hanger Arms So Clothes Stay Put
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Jeanetter Manzanera/Pinterest

Spaghetti strap dresses, off-the-shoulder sweaters, and even tee shirts sometimes slip off of hangers and end up on the closet floor. Wooden and plastic hangers should be a crime, really. Who wants to put away already-clean laundry a second time? It’s blasphemy!

Thankfully, if you don’t own over-priced velvet hangers there is a solution to the “it’s raining clothes” dilemma. Get a few rubber bands and wrap them around the hanger arms. This way, when an article of clothing hits the band, the grip will have it staying in place instead of sliding further!

Keep Your Cutting Board From Sliding Around

Keep Your Cutting Board From Sliding Around
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Lorraine Massung/Pinterest

Cutting meat, vegetables, and fruits can be somewhat dangerous. So, there is no reason to make the activity even more risky with a cutting board that won’t stay in place. No one wants to go to the emergency room because of a rouge cutting board!

Although there are mats that you can buy to place under the board, there is an easier solution. Try stretching a rubber band around each side of the cutting board. The rubber will make it so the board doesn’t swivel around while you’re wielding a sharp knife.

Keep Your Toilet Paper On The Roll

Keep Your Toilet Paper On The Roll
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Best Video Pin/Pinterest

If you’re a pet owner, then you know that they tend to get a bit angry when you leave the house for prolonged periods of time. And when animals get mad they tend to act out, leaving casualties in their wake. One such casualty is the toilet paper.

Next time you go on a trip, think about securing your toilet paper with a rubber band. This way, your pet won’t be able to unwind the entire roll. They’re just going to have to find some other way to show you their wrath!

Say Goodbye To Paint Drips With This Hack!

Say Goodbye To Paint Drips With This Hack!
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Jamie Leonard/Pinterest

Re-painting rooms in a house is supposed to be a fun and creative time. There’s no reason to make it a mess because the paint is dripping everywhere and there is nowhere to really put your paintbrush.

Fortunately, there is an easy hack that will make you scratch your head wondering why you never thought about it before. Stretch a rubber band around the paint bucket. The band will allow you to brush excess paint off the bristles while also making for a great place to lie down your brush.

Stop Pot Lids From Sliding To The Floor

Stop Pot Lids From Sliding To The Floor
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Jessica Young/Pinterest

You just made a lovely pot of pasta that you are trying to maneuver to the kitchen table. The lid is on, but it’s sliding around the top of the pot. Then, the unthinkable happens; the lid clatters to the floor, and sauce splatters everywhere. Sigh.

Let’s bypass having to clean the floor with this little rubber band hack. First, grab two rubber bands. Then, wrap both of them over the knob on top of the lid, securing each to the handles of the pot. No more moving lid!

Hold sliced fruit together so it doesn’t go bad

10 Life-Changing Rubber Band Hacks _ eHow_com
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Rain Youngblood/Pinterest

It’s never a fun time when you open your lunch box only to see the apple you sliced that morning all brown and yucky. Let’s be honest, the last thing most people are thinking about in the morning is about oxygen circulating around a cut piece of fruit, browning it in the process.

If you don’t like to eat whole apples and prefer them sliced, then try this hack. Slice your apple, and then put it back together like a puzzle, holding it together with a rubber band! You’ll have a nice crisp apple with none of the weird coloring.

Turn Any Door Into A Swinging Door

Turn Any Door Into A Swinging Door
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Linda Hentz/Pinterest

If you have a small pet, children, or are moving boxes, you know how annoying it can be to have to open a door, have it lock on you, and then have to re-open it. The whole back-and-forth dance gets old pretty fast.

Stop the door from latching behind you with this simple rubber band hack. Wrap the band over one doorknob, twist it over the lock, and then wrap it around the other knob. This way, when the door closes behind you it won’t lock and you can just push it open!

Become A Tea Master

Become A Tea Master
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Pete Zweta/Pinterest

It can be super annoying when a teabag falls into a cup of boiling water. Fishing out the tiny string is not fun and usually results in more than a few burnt fingertips. Or maybe you’re smarter than us and fish it out with a spoon. Regardless, there is a way to stop that pesky little string from falling!

Secure the string to the side of your teacup with a rubber band. This way, your tea bag stays in the cup and the string doesn’t go for a swim once the hot water is added!

Stop Hurting Your Hands Opening Pesky Jar Lids

Stop Hurting Your Hands Opening Pesky Jar Lids
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Liz Stewart/Pinterest

Opening a new jar is weirdly tricky. They can stick, laugh in your face, and then laugh harder when you fail to open that jar without asking for help. But, hey, you loosened that lid before that other person got it open, right?

Instead of lying, saying you “loosened it,” try wrapping a rubber band around the lid. This will create a makeshift grip, helping you get that jar of jalapenos opened for fajita night!

Seal Little Leaks In Your Hose

Seal Little Leaks In Your Hose
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Bob Vila/Pinterest

Leaky hoses can be a hassle, especially if your garden is in serious need of watering. If there is a big hole, then it is probably time to replace the appliance. But if the leak isn’t too bad, then try this easy rubber band hack for a quick, temporary fix.

Wrap the rubber band around the hose, pin-point the leak, and shimmy the rubber band over to the ruined spot. The material of the band will keep the water in the hose and the leak a thing of the past!

Keep Candle Sticks Secure In Their Holders

Keep Candle Sticks Secure In Their Holders
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Alanstix64/Pinterest

Some people enjoy decorating for the holidays with festive candles in single holders or candelabras (like Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast). The issue is, sometimes the candles don’t fit in the holders, making them a bit wobbly. There’s no need for lit candles to fall over, so try this hack out for size.

Wrap a rubber band around the base of the candlestick before putting it into a holder. This way, the candle will sit snugly in the holder and you won’t have to worry about un-sturdy fire sticks.

Tightly Wrap Your Clothing For More Suitcase Space

Tightly Wrap Your Clothing For More Suitcase Space
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Suzie McDonald/Pinterest

If you’ve ever been backpacking then you know that packing your clothing is similar to a game of Tetris — every article of clothing and shoe has to fit just so. With a normal suitcase, it can be difficult to fit everything, at times.

We’re here to tell you to stop folding and start rolling! The next time you travel roll your clothing like a sleeping bag and secure it with a rubber band. This will keep the clothing nice and tight so you’re able to pack everything!

Save Your Broom From An Early Retirement

Save Your Broom From An Early Retirement
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denise ernst/Pinterest

Brooms aren’t meant to last forever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prolong their lifespan! No need for that dirt to stay on the floor just because your broom has fanned out to the point of it being useless.

This rubber band hack will, hopefully, put some years back on your broom. Grab a rubber band, put it around the broom’s bristles, and secure it about halfway up the broom. This will help keep the bristles in place so they don’t fan out.

Make A Glue Substitute

Make A Glue Substitute
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SeventyFour/Pinterest

If you have kids, then you’re probably neck-deep in some school projects or just arts and crafts in general. That means glue, lots and lots of glue. Unfortunately, glue does run out, and, when that happens, you might not be in the mood to run to the store.

A nice substitute is rubber bands! If you melt down the band, the resulting paste can act as a make-shift glue. It’s not super glue, by any means. But it will do the trick!

Stop Dropping Bottles In the Shower

Stop Dropping Bottles In the Shower
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Jacqueline Napier/Pinterest

Although it can be comical at times, there is no need to subtly spook yourself by dropping a shampoo bottle in the shower. But it’s hard to avoid, the bottles get too slippery to get a nice hold.

The good news is that you can say goodbye to jumping in the shower from bottles banging on the floor. All you need to do is wrap a few rubber bands around the bottles to create a grip!

Tye-Dye: Easter Egg Edition

Tye-Dye: Easter Egg Edition
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Better Homes & Gardens/Pinterest

Many people know about the DIY tee shirt tye-dye hack with rubber bands. So, why not spice up some Easter egg dying with the same concept?! Hard boil eggs, then grab some rubber bands and get your dyes ready.

All you have to do to make psychedelic Easter eggs are wrap a rubber band around the hard-boiled egg, dip it in some dye, and let it dry! Then, cut off the rubber band to see your creation. Pro tip: loosely wrap the band, so the shells don’t crack.

DIY Tea Candle Holder To Set The Right Mood

DIY Tea Candle Holder To Set The Right Mood
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Some candlestick holders are dull and boring. If you’re looking for something fresh, chic, and that will give you a bit of a project, then look no further then this rubber band hack.

Grab a few rubber bands and any glass you want to use as a tea candle holder. Next, wrap the bands haphazardly around the glass. Spray it with frosted glass spray paint, let it dry, cut away the bands, and voila! You have lovely tea candle holders.