Household Hacks: Rubber Bands

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There always seem to be tons of colorful, unused rubber bands lying around the house. However, they're not just for holding your chip bags closed. Check out some of the alternative ways to use rubber bands around your house below.

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Seal leaks: If your hose starts to leak, don't stress! Grab a rubber band and wrap it around the hose a couple of times to stop the leak until you can repair it. (via Treehugger)

Stuck lids: Remember those difficult-to-open pickle jars? A few frustrating minutes after attempting to unscrew the lid, you have some sore hands and still need someone with stronger arms to open it! Next time, remember to grab a rubber band you have lying around. Wrap it around the lid to make a grip, so it'll be easier to open. (via Treehugger)

Sliced apples: Once you cut up an apple, you either have to eat it or let it start browning. A third option is to reassemble the apple and wrap your rubber band around it to keep it fresh! Make sure to wash that rubber band first, however! (via Treehugger)

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Keeping your books closed: If you're packing and you're worried about your books, try a rubber band. It will keep your the spine of your book intact by keeping the book closed. (via Treehugger)

Tie dying: For a fun afternoon, you just need some rubber bands, old shirts and dying materials. You can even use that tactic for Easter eggs! It's a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. (via Treehugger)

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Soap portion controller: If you have little ones that always use too much soap, try this quick fix. Wrap a rubber band around the pump to control how much they use. Instead of globs of unused soap around the sink, your kids will get just the right amount. (via Treehugger)

Broom reshaper: Tighten up the bristles of your broom by wrapping a rubber band around them. Leave it over night and you'll find a revived broom the next day. (via Wise Bread)

Cabinet childproofer: Maybe you're babysitting or your sister is bringing her toddler over and you need to quickly childproof your house. Grab a few rubber bands and wrap them around cabinet handles to prevent any little curious children from getting into the places they shouldn't. (via Reader's Digest)

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Keeping thread from unraveling: Those loose ribbons and threads that go everywhere and never stay wrapped on their spools can be so aggravating. You can easily keep them wrapped up with rubber bands! For the next time you need them, you'll find them all nice and neatly wrapped up on their spools, right where you left them. (via Treehugger)

Erasers: When you're in desperate need of an eraser and can't find one anywhere, grab a rubber band! Erasers and rubber bands are both made of rubber! It works just as well as a pencil eraser. (via Wise Bread)

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No-slip cutting boards: If you have slippery issues with your cutting board, you should try adding a rubber band to it. Just wrap it around the end and it won't slip anymore. The rubberiness of the band will prevent it from moving, allowing you to cut without worrying that the board will move anymore! (via Treehugger)

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(Photo: Photo Credit: Tree Hugger)

Paint brush wiper: For less of a paint mess, wrap a rubber band around the paint can, so the rubber band is across the opening of the can. The next time you go to paint you can just wipe the excess paint off on the rubber band. (via Reader's Digest)

Remote control saver: Wrap the rubber band around the top and bottom of the remote control. It will protect it from a fall or from scratching up your coffee table. (via Wise Bread)

Caster tightener: Overtime, furniture leg casters get loose. They're old and worn and there's not too much you can do about that. However, you can prevent any wobbling by taking out the caster and wrapping a rubber band around the stem of it. Reinsert the caster and it'll be as good as new! (via Wise Bread)

Wax catcher: It's annoying getting wax all over your tables from your candles. Prevent this from happening again by wrapping a rubber band around it. The band will catch all the excess wax before it reaches your counters. (via Wise Bread)

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Last resort glue: If you can't find any gorilla glue around, use a rubber band as plan B. It should be a last resort though, because you do have to melt down the rubber band. It won't work as well as real glue, but it's a good temporary fix! (via Wise Bread)

Clothes hanger gripper: It can get frustrating fast when clothes or coats don't stay on the hangers. Next time, loop a few rubber bands vertically over the ends of the hangers. The rubber bands will provide enough friction to prevent your slippery clothes and coats from ending up on the floor! (via Good Housekeeping)

How do you use rubber bands around the house? Share with us in the comments below!

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