I like finding new ways to use existing items. I think that is particularly important in today’s world if you are truly committed to recycling and going green.
The item I want to talk about today is the common rubber band. They come in all sizes and colors. Some are thin and some are wide. Some are little and some are huge.
We all have rubber bands lying around the house. That is, unless junior has already confiscated one to make a weapon. Whether than allowing that to be the case, let’s take a look at other fun, unusual and practical ways for using rubber bands.
All of us are all tasked with transporting food from one location to another from time to time. The last thing we want is for the goods to spill all over our cars. To prevent that from happening, try securing the lid to your casserole dish using heavy duty, large rubber bands.
You can use two on opposite sides or use four all around the perimeter of lid. Either way, the chances of spillage are greatly diminished.
Keep your brush bristles straight up and in line by securing a rubber band around your brush when it’s not in use. This little trick will not only make your hair brush last longer, it will also help prevent it from snagging your hair because of bent, out of line bristles.
Rubber bands can help you childproof cabinets throughout your home. They provide an excellent way to keep junior from getting into things that might harm him. Just twist one or more rubber bands around the handles, leaving no slack. That will prevent an easy break-in.
Use rubber bands to help you grip slippery objects like a bar of soap. Wrap a wide rubber band around the center, where you usually grip it. That will ensure a solid hold each and every time.
Cut a long rubber band in half, securing each end of it to the opposite sides of your glasses. Voila, you’ve made your own eyeglass holder without spending a cent. Slip it over your head and you’ll have easy access to your glasses all day long.
Can’t open that bottle or jar because you can’t get a good grip on it? Then wrap a rubber band around the lid before you even give it a try. It will offer the traction you need to get that lid off in seconds.
Need a quick toy to keep your toddler happy while you do what you need to get done? Wrap a bunch of rubber bands together to form a rubber ball that is both colorful and bouncy. It will keep the little one occupied for quite a while.
You can use colored rubber bands to color code almost anything. For example, use red to mark your cannister of white flour; beige to mark wheat and black to mark rye or choose pink to identify the real sugar bowl and blue to identify the sugar substitute.
Hold unpaid monthly receipts separate from your paid ones inside your budget book. That way, when it comes time to pay the bills, you know which ones are due versus those that have already been handled.
Make colorful tie-dye shirts, skirts or scarves using different sizes and widths of rubber bands. By tying the fabric together in different ways and securing it with rubber bands, you will create invention dye patterns on fabric.
Band flashcards together to keep your children from losing them or getting them out of order between teaching sessions. Separate the cards with different band colors to easily identify math from spelling or reading.
Don’t have glass charms for guests so they can tell their glasses apart from the others? Then just use small rubber bands in different colors to do the job. You can even color-code them yourself by using permanent marking pins.
To relieve tension, cut rubber bands apart and then tie them together in different patterns to create your own personal work of art. I like making little rubber band men. My husband makes balls of varying sizes. The trick is to let go of what is bothering you by making use of something you always have on hand.
Rubber bands are handy items. There are thousands of uses for them. Have fun inventing your own.