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I love finding new and interesting uses for the everyday items I have around the house. It makes me feel like my house is just brimming with possibilities! Plus, it just makes good financial sense to be able to do more with what I already have, instead of going out and buying something new to get the job done.

Today’s post is a perfect example of a common household item that is more than meets the eye. I’ll be sharing 10 surprisingly useful things you can do with a humble rubber band. And if you’re looking for even more use for common household items, check out some of the links below! 🙂

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10 Uses For Rubber Bands

1. Open Jars

Use a thick rubber band to help open a jar with a stubborn lid. Just place it around the perimeter of the lid and twist! The rubber band will increase the friction between your hand and the lid, making it much easier to remove.

2. Keep Apples Fresh

Apple slices are a classic lunchbox snack, and a rubber band can help you keep them fresh! Slice up your apple, then “reassemble” the fruit. Wrap a rubber band around it to keep the slices in place, and you’ll be able to enjoy perfectly fresh apple slices later on.

3. Protect Books

Many people carry a book with them in their bag or purse that they can pull out when they have a few minutes to kill during the day. I usually just pull up the Kindle app on my smartphone, but plenty of people prefer physical books for their reading material.

If you keep a book with you in your bag or purse, you can use a rubber band to help you protect it! Wrap a large rubber band or two around the outside of your book before putting it in your bag. The rubber band will keep the book closed, which will help prevent the pages from getting bent or crushed while it’s in your bag.

4. Identify Drinks

We ask each other a lot of questions when we’re working at the studio, but one of the most frequently asked questions isn’t even related to blogging! Diet Coke is the beverage choice around the studio, so it’s common to hear someone asking, “Wait, whose Diet Coke is this?” 😉

But we recently discovered that small, colored rubber bands can provide an easy solution to all the confusion. Now we each just thread a colored rubber band through the tab of our can. We each use a different color, so all it takes is a quick glance to determine whose can is whose.

5. Keep Ribbons Spooled

If you’re having trouble keeping ribbon on the spool where it belongs, grab a rubber band. Wrap the rubber band around the ribbon to secure the end, which will keep everything in place. No more unraveling ribbon or tangled messes!

6. Stop Slipping

Using a cutting board that has a tendency to slip and slide around is dangerous! If the board moves while you’re cutting something, you could easily cut yourself. But there’s a simple remedy to a slippery cutting board – rubber bands.

Grab two large rubber bands, and wrap one around either end of your cutting board. The rubber bands will add friction to the bottom of your board, so it won’t slip around on you. It’s an easy fix, and it could save you from an unfortunate knife accident!

7. Keep Doors Open

Loop a rubber band around a doorknob so that it forms an “X” shape across the latch. The band will keep the latch pressed in and keep the door open for you. This handy little trick can come in handy in a lot of scenarios, like if you’re making several trips in and out of the house, or if you’re trying not to disturb a sleeping baby (or a sleeping husband!) 😉

8. Remove Stripped Screws

Trying to remove a stripped screw can be a huge headache. Before you go to the hardware store for special screw-removing equipment, try using a rubber band first!

Place a rubber band flat over the screw head, then press your screwdriver into the screw head. Many times, the rubber band will give your screwdriver enough extra grip that you can remove the screw without resorting to more drastic measures.

9. Improve Hangers

When I buy hangers, I generally just get the plastic ones. They’re cheap, and they generally get the job done just fine! However, there are a few types of clothes will not stay put on your average plastic hanger. But rather than splurge on fancy, non-slip hangers, you can use rubber bands to “upgrade” your plastic hangers!

Just wrap one or two small rubber band around both ends of your hanger. The rubber bands will “catch” your clothes, making it much less likely that they’ll slip off. I have several hangers that I’ve “upgraded” using this method, and they work just as well as other non-slip hangers!

10. Save Spoons

To keep a spoon or ladle from sliding down into a pot, wrap a rubber band around the end of the handle. The rubber band will provide enough grip to keep the spoon from sliding all the way down.

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Whether you call it a binder, elastic, lackey band, laggy band, lacka band or gumband, all we can say is blessed be the rubber band.

We have Stephen Perry to thank for the ubiquitous rubber latex loops — in 1845, Perry patented the use of india rubber for use as springs in bands, belts, etc., and also the design for elastic bands by slicing sizes of vulcanized india rubber tube. Perry invented the rubber band to hold papers and envelopes together, but its uses have multiplied into untold applications.

Which is good, because most of us have rubber bands coming out of our ears. They sneak their way into our homes via bundles of mail and the newspaper, bunches of produce and cut flowers. And then they seem to multiply, like rabbits, in the junk drawer.

So what to use them for? They’re not as sleek a hack as binder clips, and they don’t have the same repair integrity as duct tape, but they are the perfect in-a-pinch solution to many problems: Think providing the simplest means for an easy fix that might otherwise deem an item unusable.

Aside from that, they are genius for storage and organizing, they can be a wonderfully irreverent craft material, and they’re just the perfect all-around little helpers. There are as many ways to use a rubber band as your mind will conceive, but here are 19 right off the bat.

1. Prevent a sliced apple from browning

© Melissa Breyer

2. Make a makeshift tripod

3. Turn regular jeans into maternity pants

4. Wrap around a hose to seal small leaks

5. Create a gripper to conquer stuck lids

© Melissa Breyer

6. Keep books safe and closed in your bag

7. Tame the wily measuring tape

8. Craft a statement necklace

See how to make a rubber band chain necklace here, and for more inspiration look at these incredible creations.

9. Keep ribbons from unspooling

© Melissa Breyer

10. Make a rubber (band) duck

Online rubber band duck tutorials are far and few between (read: nonexistant) but for you crafty ones, this crocheted duck how-to is as good a place as any to start.

11. Tie dye Easter eggs

For rubber band egg dying, see this step-by-step tutorial.

12. Improvise an impromptu wrist strap

13. Keep bags and packages sealed

© Melissa Breyer

14. Portion control pump products (especially good for kids who can’t get enough)

15. Hang fliers without tape or adhesives

16. Make a rubber band ball (that can double as an eraser)

See the how-to (with video) here.

17. Prevent your cutting board from slipping

© Melissa Breyer

18. Force a long-exposure on a vintage camera

19. Desperate times call for desperate measures: Make your phone hands-free

Have more uses for rubber bands? Let us know in the comments.

Do you always keep some elastic bands to hand? If not, why not – they have so many uses throughout the home and are able to solve a whole host of problems.

Check out our list of smart uses for rubber bands below, and you’ll never look at them in the same way again.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted in June 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in January 2019.

1. Stop tea bag tags falling into a mug

Genius!

If you use tea bags with a string and tag, you’ll know how frustrating it is when they fall into the mug and get all soggy. Keep it outside your mug by placing an elastic band around it. So simple yet so effective!

2. Paint an immaculate French manicure

Use an elastic band as a great French manicure cheat. Pull the band over your nail and use it as a template – easy! It works on alternative Frenchies too, I love this green version from Paper Raindrops.

3. Prevent paint from dripping from a brush

If you’re tackling some DIY over the Summer, stretch an extra-large rubber band across the paint tin before you get to work. You can use it to wipe off any excess paint from your brush.

4. Elastic band paint stamps

If you have some thick rubber bands, and a restless kid to entertain, why not try painting with elastic bands?

5. Stop a door from locking

Prevent a door from locking by wrapping a large rubber band around the handles and crossing it to cover the lock. This is a really useful tip if you have kids or pets.

6. Open a stubborn nail polish bottle

Get those nails looking gorgeous.

Get a good grip on the handle of stubborn nail polish by wrapping an elastic band around it. Don’t think about throwing away a stuck bottle before trying this hack.

P.s It works on other bottles too.

7. Prevent apple slices from browning

Got a fussy eater who won’t eat their fruit unless it’s cut into slices?

You can prevent cut apple pieces from browning by reconstructing the apple and holding it together with elastic bands.

8. For smart packing

If you want to save space when packing, the key is to roll your clothing. With rubber bands, you can go one step further by securing all those rolls to keep your case nice and tidy.

9. Glass decoration

You don’t need t spend a fortune to make your Summer party special. Use coloured elastic bands to hold dainty flowers around cups for special occasions.

10. Alternative food clip

Run out of food clips? No problem! Simply roll down the packaging and secure the bag with a rubber band – it’ll keep all your snacks nice and fresh.

No clips? No problem!

11. Pump dispenser portion control

If your kids or roommates like to go crazy with the hand wash or shower gel, take action! Wrap an elastic band around the neck of the pump and it’ll reduce the amount of product dispensed.

12. Keep slippy chopping boards in place

If you have a slippy chopping board, keep it in one place while you’re chopping by securing elastic bands on either side.

13. Make your jeans fit better

Are those jeans feeling a little tight? You can loosen off the waistband by looping a rubber band through the buttonhole.

Whether you’re pregnant or just have a food belly, this tip will keep you comfortable at all times.

14. DIY mobile phone holder for the car

Who needs a fancy hand-held device holder when you can attach your phone to the air vents in your car with just an elastic band! Stay safe drivers…

15. Create a toothbrush holder

Keep yours away from the kids’!

It may not look amazing, but if you’re looking for a functional toothbrush holder, you can fashion your own by crossing elastic bands over a cup. A classic student fix if ever we saw one!

16. Make your hangers slip-proof

We just love this genius tip. Keep flimsy or wide-necked clothing from falling off the hanger by wrapping elastic bands around the ends. No more morning irritation!

17. Make beautiful striped lanterns

Here’s another really nifty way to use those rubber bands for budget decoration.

Wrap around empty jam jars and paint over them to create a pretty effect when tea lights shine through. This one’s great for Summer parties.

18. Use rubber bands as a seam guide

Sewing can be tricky, especially if you’re in a bit of a hurry. Help yourself be accurate and speedy by wrapping an elastic band over the machine to make a seam guide – it’ll keep you right on track!

19. Slip-proof glasses for kids

This’ll make things easier for those little hands.

Glass tumblers can be perilous in the hands of little ones so make them child-proof by wrapping several elastic bands around them. It’ll help kids keep a tighter grip so parents won’t have to watch on anxiously.

20. Use an elastic band to remove a stripped screw

Stripped screw? Don’t panic – place an elastic band over it and use a screwdriver as normal to tackle it.

21. Drinks measure

If you’re throwing a party, keep your guests from getting too merry too quickly by wrapping elastic bands around the bottom of the cups to act as spirit markers.

22. Make an elastic band bouncy ball

Hours of fun!

One of the most enchanting and time-consuming uses for elastic bands is to build a bouncy ball. Head over to Kidspot to learn how to make your own – it’ll keep the kids busy for hours on end!

It’s also a nice project to have on hand at work to give your eyes a break every now and then.

23. DIY notice board

Make a pretty and cheap DIY notice board by wrapping colourful elastic bands around a piece of wood or photo frame. You can keep receipts, tickets and other pieces of paper neatly tucked into it so your room (and handbag) remain clutter-free.

24. Make a makeshift tripod for your camera or phone

Use an extra-large elastic band to secure your smartphone or camera to various household object to act as a tripod. You could use the legs of a chair, tent poles or even an umbrella.

Wannabe YouTube stars, this one is for you!

25. Wrap around a hose to seal small holes

If you don’t have any duct tape to hand, wrap an elastic band as tightly as you can to cover any holes in a rubber hose. It’ll save on water, and get the job done faster too.

26. Make some fabulous jewellery

Rags to Couture has shared some amazing tutorials for making your very own, bright and quirky jewellery from rubber bands. These look so amazing and would make any ordinary outfit pop.

27. Open a stubborn jam jar

Pop an elastic band around a stubborn jam jar or bottle and, just as with those tough nail polish bottles, it’ll help you to grip it better.

28. Keep your shower caddy in place

Keep a shower caddy attached to your shower head with just a quick loop of an elastic band – easy!

29. Prevent a spoon from falling into a pan

Stop that spoon from falling in a boiling pot by wrapping an elastic band around the end. It’ll grip to the sides and prevent it from slipping in.

30. Keep books safe when travelling

Keep those precious pages safe.

If you like to carry a book around with you, don’t forget to wrap an elastic band around it to protect the book from opening and the pages creasing, especially if it’s one you treasure. It also serves as a bookmark – handy!

31. Keep an Apple remote in one place

Are you forever misplacing your Apple remote? We blame their sleek and small design. Wrap a rubber band around it to help grip it to your surfaces and make it stand out more.

32. Hold lids in place when transporting food

Spilling all that food you’ve lovingly prepared is every cook’s worst nightmare. Pull rubber bands over the lids to prevent any food spillages in the car on your way to parties and other events.

33. Flick through papers quickly

If you have a large amount of reading to do or need to proof-read a long document, wrap an elastic band loosely over the tip of your finger to help you flick through the pages quicker. It’ll help prevent any paper cuts and you won’t need to wet your finger with your tongue – gross!

34. Make a DIY catapult for the children (and BIG kids)

We had to end on something fun to show you just how amazing plain old elastic bands can be! You can learn to build a homemade catapult with rubber bands in the video above which the kids will no doubt love.

Now you can really make the most of all those rubber bands. What’s your favourite thing to do with them? Let us know in the comments below.

Stop carelessly tossing rubber bands and start reusing them with the help of these inspirational ideas.

Orchard Studios’ recycled rubber band lamp We each accumulate a fair number of rubber bands. They are wrapped around our mail, the broccoli we buy in stores or at farmers markets, the newspapers delivered to our homes and many other everyday items. Rubber bands are not compostable or recyclable, but don’t throw them away because they can be reused. One of the most innovative ways to reuse rubber bands is rubber band lamps (see above). Made by Bath, England-based Orchard Studio, these lamps are created from reclaimed rubber bands and are cool and colorful. Christiane Diehl’s recycled rubber band jewelry Another designer, Christiane Diehl of Hanover, Germany, reuses rubber bands to make rubber band jewelry (right). Here are some ideas you can use at home for reusing your rubber bands:

  • The United States Postal Service (USPS) reuses rubber bands. You can leave them out for your mail carrier or take them with you the next time your visit your local post office. You can even bundle them and drop them into any blue USPS-designated mailbox.
  • Wrap a rubber band or two around the lid of a jar to make a stubborn lid easier to open.
  • Keep a desk drawer more organized by using rubber bands to wrap around pencils, pens, markers and crayons.
  • Keep your sewing basket better organized by wrapping rubber bands around your spools of thread to keep them from unraveling and tangling up.
  • When mixing up cake, pancake or muffin batter, wrap a rubber band around the top of the handle of your spoon to stop if from slipping into the mixing bowl.
  • Secure rubber bands around the shoulder areas of a hanger to help keep clothing from sliding off the hanger.
  • This rubber band maternity trick helped me through two pregnancies. Continue using your jeans throughout your pregnancy by threading a rubber band through your jeans buttonhole and then around the button.

Do you know of other rubber band reuse ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments section!Andy Roberts/Getty

These elastic office staples get the job done when it comes to holding papers together, but they’re also super-versatile helpers that you can use all over the house. Here a few problems that they solve well:

1. Open a door easily.

Loop a rubber band around a doorknob so it makes an “X” that presses the latch open. This trick is especially helpful when you’re unloading an armful of groceries, or need to open a sticky door without waking a sleeping toddler (or husband).

2. Pick up a dropped object in a tight spot.
Stretch a nylon stocking over your vacuum’s extension wand, and secure with a rubber band. Then, you can use the machine’s suction to safely pick-up something you dropped behind the couch or under the bed.

3. Unscrew a tight cap.

Kathleen Kamphausen

Whether it’s a pickle jar or a nail polish bottle, a rubber band can help you grip a stubborn lid.

4. Get a grip on a stripped screw.
Place a wide rubber band between the screw’s head and the screwdriver as you twist to remove it.

5. Clean a paintbrush.

Lara Robby/Studio D

Stretch a rubber band across a paint can to offer a spot to wipe excess liquid off your brush. This minimizes spills and keeps the can’s edges clean so you can easily seal it again when you’re done.

6. Keep clothes from sliding off hangers.
Looped vertically over the ends of a hanger, a rubber band provides enough friction to keep slippery blouses of the floor.

7. Secure an earring.
In a pinch, Ms. Momasaurus, discovered that a small piece of a rubber band can double as an earring back.

8. Stabilize a cutting board.
If your board slips as you slice, wrap a rubber band around it to help it stay in place on your counter.

9. Limit a liquid pump.

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If your little ones (or guests) tend to use too much hand soap, wrap rubber band round the bottle’s neck to control how much comes out with each tap. [Photo via flickr user chilsta

10. Hold your place in a book.
Use a rubber band as a bookmark that stays in place even if your novel falls off your nightstand.

11. Keep your tools handy.

Hometalk

We spotted this clever idea on Hometalk: If you’re working on a project on top of a ladder, tie a rubber band to your tool and wrap the other end around your wrist. Then, if you lose your grip, or need two hands, it won’t fall to the floor.

12. Cushion a remote control.
Loop a rubber band around these family room staples so they won’t scratch your coffee table, or slide onto the floor.

13. Create a stamp for DIY projects.

SAS + Rose

Turn a wooden block into a cute, patterned stamp with just a rubber band and some glue, like Jessica at SAS + Rose.

14. Or, make stamping easier.

Happiness is Homemade

If you want to keep a bunch of stamps evenly in a row, like Heidi at Happiness is Homemade, secure them with a stretchy band.

15. Arrange flowers.
For a floral display that stays tightly packed, wrap a clear rubber band around your blooms’ stems before you put them in water.

16. Create a memo board.

WhimseyBox

The first step to getting organized might just be wrapping a few rubber bands around a piece of wood, like this Whimseybox project.

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Photos: Getty, Kathleen Kamphausen

34 Creative Ways to Use Rubber Bands

Rubber bands can be used for sturdy grips and cheap alternatives to some pricey items. Find out which household objects you can revamp with these versatile heroes.

Household Helper

1. Open a Stuck Jar or Bottle
For a simple but effective grip, wrap a thick rubber band around the rim of a jar lid or bottle top and then twist. Plastic wrap and rubber kitchen gloves work well as grippers, too.
2. Prevent a Cutting Board from Sliding
A rubber band wrapped around the board will create enough resistance to stop any counter glide. Safer and easier!
3. Keep Tea Bags in Place
Whether you’re brewing a single cup or setting a jar out for sun tea, this trick can keep your tea bag tags from sinking into your beverage. Simply wrap a rubber band around the rim of the drink’s container.
4. Track Ingredient Levels
Have canisters or other kitchen containers that are difficult to see inside? Keep track of how much is left by securing a rubber band around the outside to mark the level of whatever’s inside. This little trick works well for paint containers, too.

5. Hold Lids in Transport
Bringing a dish of food to a party or potluck? Rubber bands can help you secure lids to a slow cooker or other dish. If there is a knob in the center of your lid, simply loop a rubber band from the knob to each side handle.

6. Keep a Candle (and Wax!) in Place
Candle not quite fitting snugly into its holder? Wrap a rubber band around the candle’s base for a tighter fit. Secure a band a little higher up to stop any wax drips from moving past the candle onto your furniture.
7. Corral Craft Ribbon
If you have rolls of ribbon around for crafting or wrapping gifts, you know how difficult it is to keep them from unspooling. Solution: Wrap them with a rubber band to keep the ribbon in its place on the spool until you need it.
8. Save Your Chargers
Charging cords for phones or other devices starting to wear? Wrap a rubber band around the cord to protect the vulnerable spots and stop wires from fraying more. You can also slip a colored rubber band or two around the main part of a charger to spot it as yours versus your spouse’s or kid’s.
9. Make a Grip
Wrap rubber bands around pens and pencils, tools, walking sticks, and sports equipment to create a more comfortable hold. Super helpful for those with arthritis!
10. Build an Eraser
Create a small rubber band ball by wrapping bands. Once it’s sturdy enough to rub on paper, it will erase pencil just as well as your standard eraser. Bonus: It makes a great stress ball to squeeze!
11. Glide Through Papers
Counting or sorting a large stack of papers? A few rubber bands wrapped comfortably around the tips of your fingers will make the job a lot easier. This little tip will help prevent paper cuts, too. Try it when reading an old book with not-so-crisp pages as well.
12. Slow a Leak
Thick rubber bands wrapped around a leaky hose or pipe can buy you a little time (and save money) as a temporary fix.
13. New Life for an Old Broom
Don’t throw it away quite yet! If the bristles are starting to feel tattered, tighten them up by wrapping large rubber bands halfway up the bristles.
14. Make a Mop or Broom Work Harder
With a large rubber band, secure a dust cloth to a long-handled broom or mop to clean high places. It’s an amazing tool that works just as well as expensive store-bought contraptions!
15. Loosen Up a Baseball Glove
New gloves can be super-stiff—especially for a child’s hand. Just a little loosening up can help a lot. After conditioning with olive oil or petroleum jelly (two of our Who Knew? Heroes), place a baseball inside the glove’s pocket. Then wrap a big rubber band around the glove to hold the ball in place. Simply let it sit or tuck it under your mattress overnight. Use the glove daily, and repeat the process of oiling and banding for about a week, until the glove is more flexible.
16. Protect TP Rolls
If your toddler or fur baby likes to unroll or shred your toilet paper, you’re not alone. Simply slipping a rubber band around the roll will keep it safe from curious hands and paws.
17. Prevent a Door from Locking
Wrap a large rubber band around the knobs on each side of the door, crisscrossing the band at the side edge of the door to cover the lock. This tip may come in handy if you have kids or pets who could accidentally trigger a lock.

Decorating And Entertaining On A Dime

18. ID Wineglasses
Having a party? Put rubber bands in different colors (or even shapes) to good use! These are perfect for slipping around the stems of wineglasses so your guests can tell whose glass is whose. Slip in a flower or other small charm or item as a decoration or party favor.
19. Better Flower Arranging
To help keep flowers where you put them, simply group with rubber bands around the stems.
20. Decorate a Jar or Tin
Wrap multicolored rubber bands around an old can or jar. Use it to hold flowers, pens, or even hardware—whatever you want to contain in a fun way. You can also space out some bands a bit and tuck in little touches such as dried flowers or cinnamon sticks.
21. Easy Curtain Pullbacks
Use a rubber band that matches the color of your curtains to keep them pulled aside.

22. Elevate Your Egg Decorating
If you enjoy dyeing Easter eggs, here’s a simple way to add patterns: Just wrap rubber bands around them before dipping into the dye. Wherever you place a rubber band will remain white. Try stripe and plaid patterns. This trick works for any kind of craft painting as well.

On-the-Go Solutions

23. Hands-Free Phone Holder
Thread a rubber band through the top of your car’s AC vent, then pull it out through the bottom. Secure both ends around your phone at the top and bottom. The bands will hold the phone in place, ready to view for driving directions.

24. The Smartest Packing Technique
The secret frequent travelers use: To fit the most in your luggage without smashing and wrinkling, roll your clothing and secure with rubber bands.
25. DIY Tripod
Crisscrossed rubber bands can fasten your phone to a chair, bicycle handlebars, or wherever you’d like to enable fun photos or video.
26. Protect Books
Whether in your bag or your kids’ backpack, books can get damaged when pages fly open. Keep books closed by wrapping a rubber band around them.
27. Makeshift Splint
Use a rubber band to firmly secure an injured finger to a support you have on hand, such as a stick.
28. Create A Wrist Strap
Flashlight, camera, or other item missing a strap? Simply loop and tie a rubber band to make one.

Cosmetics And Clothing

29. Slow Pumpables for Kids
Pumps that dispense soap, shampoo, and lotion can make it too easy for kids to take too much. To reduce the amount, just wind a rubber band around the neck. This simple step will control how far the pump can move and how much it dispenses—and stop the sink mess.
30. No More Shower Drops
Shampoo bottles and bars of soap can get slippery to handle in the shower. Wrapping a rubber band or two around them will give you a better place to grip.
31. Simple Nail Template
You can give yourself a French manicure without a lot of fuss and save the $20 to $40 salon charge. Wrap part of a rubber band over your nail to use as a guide, leaving just the nail tip exposed to paint.
32. Eyeglasses Prone to Slipping?
Looping a rubber band around the end of each side can help them grip better and stay in place.
33. Hangers That Hold
Wrap rubber bands around the pointed ends to grip and keep tops from sliding off.
34. Get a Little More Give in Jeans
Make the waist of your jeans stretch a little farther by looping a rubber band through the buttonhole and over the button. It’s a great quick fix for early pregnancy months or even just after a big dinner.

15 Awesome Rubber Band Hacks You Wish You Knew

We all have rubber bands lying around the home. Generally, they end up in piles just gathering dust. Well not anymore! We have collated 15 examples of awesome new uses for the humble rubber band. Whether you fancy a French manicure or you’re looking for a way to mark peoples drinks for parties, there will be plenty of cool hacks to try out. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below.

Doing a lot of reading or studying? Attaching a rubber band to your finger helps you turn pages with ease.

Do your best wine glasses keep getting broken in the dishwasher? Secure them with rubber bands.

Give yourself the perfect French manicure every time by using a rubber band as a guide.

Attaching rubber bands to the end of your hangers ensures your clothes never slip off!

A rubber band attached to your chopping board makes it non slip.

Rubber bands are also awesome paint drip catchers.

Keep those pot lids in place when moving food around.

Making rubber stamps is a creative use for them.

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Attach decorative bands to your power cords for easy identification!

Got a stubborn jar which just won’t budge? Use a rubber band for an excellent grip!

Winding a long, thick rubber band around your door handles keep them open while you’re in and out.

When packing, wrap your clothes tightly with rubber bands to ensure they fit into your case.

When throwing a party, place rubber bands around glasses to ensure no one picks up the wrong one.

Pregnant? Or perhaps carrying a little holiday weight? The rubber band is your best friend!

Got a stripped screw that won’t budge? Using a screwdriver and a rubber band will get that taken care of in no time!

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21 Household Uses For Rubber Bands (Apart From Shooting Them At Your Friends)

  1. To open a jar: wrap one of the thicker ones around the lid of that hard-to-open jar and twist. Love that reassuring pop!
  2. Reshape the bristles on a broom: get a few more uses out of that splayed out mess. Wrap a rubber band around the bristles overnight.
  3. Temporarily childproof cabinets: got friends with small kids coming over? use your stash of rubber bands to lash cabinet doors together.
  4. Use as a bookmark: especially great when you’ve got to keep something open for a while, like a cookbook.
  5. Cushion a remote control: it won’t mar furniture and it won’t be easily knocked off the table.
  6. Secure wooden slats on a bed: wrap a rubber band around the end to keep it from coming loose.
  7. Tighten furniture casters: wrap a skinny band around the stem and reinsert.
  8. Wipe your paintbrush: Wrap a rubber band around a paint can so the rubber band goes across the middle of the opening. Wipe the excess paint from your brush against the rubber band instead of against the side of the can. The paint will fall back into the can and the grooves around the outside will stay clean.
  9. Temporarily Fix a Leak: wrap a rubber band around the leak in a pipe or hose to temporarily repair it
  10. Stop Dripping Wax: wrap a colourful rubber band around a candle to stop wax from dripping onto the table.
  11. And Wobbling Candles: wrap one around the bottom of a too small candle to secure it in a too large candlestick
  12. Corral Mail: we hammered in two parallel rows of nails in the side of a cabinet and stretched rubber bands between them to hold mail. You can also stretch rubber bands over a piece of plywood or thick cardboard for an updated version of a french ribbon board.
  13. Stop Licking Your Finger: thumbing through papers in your home file? Wrap a rubber band loosely around your index finger. No more licking your finger!
  14. Tie dye your own fabric: wrap rubberbands tightly around fabric before dipping it into dye (consider bringing back this pattern using deep muted shades of eggplant, saffron and sage green or tone on tone colours)
  15. No more slippery bottles: wrap rubber bands around shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap containers to make it easier to grip them in the shower
  16. Need glue? a melted rubber band makes a good adhesive in a pinch
  17. Electrical Insulation: wrap a rubber band around exposed wire to insulate yourself from electrical current (make sure the electricity’s off!)
  18. Puppy or kitty proof your toilet paper: wrap a rubber band around it so that ithe ends don’t dangle, tempting baby animals.
  19. Economize on liquids: wrap a rubber band around the neck of a soap or lotion dispenser to limit how much is dispensed with each pump
  20. Shorten electric cords: Wrap a rubber band around excess electrical cords to shorten them so you don’t trip.
  21. Flower arranging: use a rubber band to keep bunched flower heads together. Cut the stems to just above the height of the vase to make a pretty ball arrangement.

On 21 April 2016, Facebook user Kim Fleming posted an image of a rubber band stretched over a door latch handle, along with a message warning people about a new method of employing rubber bands purportedly used by thieves to break into homes:

Warning!!! Two weeks ago during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock but almost pounding, (I honestly thought something may have happened to someone and they needed help) but something didn’t feel right….and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself. So don’t bother! After several Knocks, they finally left. I glanced and could see it was a man through the stained glass of my door. After about 30 minutes I walked outside to look for what I thought would be a brochure, but instead found a rubber band around my knob to hold the door to open when I unlocked the latch. I called Ron and he told me to get the gun out and leave it out. The Sheriff came by yesterday and said this is happening all of a sudden, as soon as you unlatch the door, they do not wait for you to turn the knob, they can bust in on you. Anyway just be careful, I USE to be such a trusting person, but not at all anymore! So let me just say, I have a GUN and I know how to use it, just FYI, I out shot my husband the last time we target practiced, so believe me, I will use it. I have too much to live for! Do NOT ANSWER doors without knowing for sure you know who is on the other side! Those days are over!!!! Kids need to be made aware of this too!

Some techniques (of varying efficacy) have been demonstrated for using rubber bands to defeat chain locks and ordinary doorknob locks, but we’re skeptical that what’s pictured here had anything to do with a home invasion attempt.

The method described in this Facebook post doesn’t seem to provide any advantage to a would-be robber. The scenario imagined above involves a thief’s standing outside of a locked door and waiting for it to be unlocked before barging in — but hanging around the porch of a house waiting some indeterminate amount of time for the door to be unlocked is an awfully conspicuous and inefficient break-in method, and it isn’t much facilitated by the use of a rubber band (since the would-be thief could simply hold the latch handle down with his thumb instead). And how is this method any easier or faster or more furtive than just knocking on the door and pushing it wide open once the resident answers it?

Kim’s post also claimed that this style of home invasion has been “happening all of a sudden,” but we were unable to uncover any news reports involving a similar scheme. While a specific location wasn’t mentioned in the original message (which was shared more than 100,000 times within a few days of its initial posting) Kim’s response in the comments section mentioned Tatum, Texas, and stated that this was also happening in Bossier, Louisiana:

Yet we found no warnings issued by the Tatum Police Department or the Bossier Sheriff Department regarding rubber bands and home invasions.

Lastly, the bulk of Kim’s post had more to do with guns and a general mistrust of strangers (who could conceivably barge in through an exterior door any time you opened it, rubber bands or no rubber bands) than it had to do with a specific home invasion technique. It’s possible people were confusing the combination of rubber band and door lock with other more effective techniques for defeating locks (such as the ones linked above), and/or that the placement of a rubber band shown here was unrelated to any potential criminal activity (i.e., it was just used to hold a brochure or newspaper that blew away or was removed by someone else).

We reached out to Kim Fleming Cernigliaro (as well as the aforementioned police departments) for more information with no response, but it appears that this Facebook message employed a fictional scenario in order to spread a general message encouraging caution when opening doors to strangers.

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Warning About Home Burglars Using Rubber Bands-Unproven!

Summary of eRumor:
A Facebook post warns that burglars are placing rubber bands on door latches to prevent them from locking so the houses can easily be broken into later on.
The Truth:
We weren’t able to track down any warnings from police or news stories about burglars using rubber bands to break into houses.
A warning to watch out for rubber band burglaries that went viral in April 2016 told the story of a woman who heard a strange man pounding on her door and later found that he’d placed a rubber band on her door latch to prevent it from locking if she would have opened it:

Warning!!! Two weeks ago during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock but almost pounding, (I honestly thought something may have happened to someone and they needed help) but something didn’t feel right….and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself. So don’t bother! After several Knocks, they finally left. I glanced and could see it was a man through the stained glass of my door. After about 30 minutes I walked outside to look for what I thought would be a brochure, but instead found a rubber band around my knob to hold the door to open when I unlocked the latch. I called Ron and he told me to get the gun out and leave it out. The Sheriff came by yesterday and said this is happening all of a sudden, as soon as you unlatch the door, they do not wait for you to turn the knob, they can bust in on you. Anyway just be careful, I USE to be such a trusting person, but not at all anymore! So let me just say, I have a GUN and I know how to use it, just FYI, I out shot my husband the last time we target practiced, so believe me, I will use it. I have too much to live for! Do NOT ANSWER doors without knowing for sure you know who is on the other side! Those days are over!!!! ???Kids need to be made aware of this too!

Within days, the post had been viewed nearly 180,000 times, and hundreds of people had commented on it. Some who commented why the would-be burglar would have left the rubber band on the door after nobody answered.
Others questioned whether a rubber band on a door latch would actually prevent a lock from latching (a woman who said she worked in the door hardware industry said it would, if the rubber band applied enough pressure).
We can’t verify whether or not this would work, but we weren’t able to find any instances of this happening (including near Tatum, Texas, where the woman who posted the warning lives).
So, given that we aren’t able to confirm that burglars are actually trying to use rubber bands to break into houses, we’re calling this one unverified.

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If You Ever Notice Your Door Handle With A Rubber Band On It Do Not Touch It! THIS Is It’s Sick Meaning!

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A person’s house is supposed to be their sanctuary, it’s the one place they should feel the most comfortable and safe in. When that feeling of security is diminished by a threatening presence or occurrence, it can easily be lost forever. That’s part of the reason why we add to our sense of safety and security by installing home surveillance systems, alarms, special lighting, and locks on all the doors and windows. We want to protect not only our stuff, but also our peace of mind.

Even with the latest and greatest gadgets, there’s always a chance that they could fail. Plus, it seems that no matter what we do, criminals are always coming up with new ways to trick us and get past our defenses. Such was the case for a Texas woman, Kim Fleming Cernigliaro, who had been home alone one day when someone started banging loudly at her front door.

Since she wasn’t expecting anyone and was all by herself, she didn’t bother answering the door. Plus, the person seemed to be pounding on it, which made her feel a little alarmed by the intensity. However, she did peek a glance through a stained glass window near the door and saw that it was a man who she had never seen before.

When the banging finally stopped Kim waited a good half hour before she opened the door. What she found on the other side confused her, it was a rubber band fastened around her door handle. Not knowing what this could be, she called the police to see if they knew anything about it or if similar occurrences had happened in the area. When the cops heard her story, they immediately sent an officer over to her house.

Upon arrival, the cop told her that people all over town had reported similar cases of someone banging on their door only for them to find rubber bands on the handles afterwards. The officer explained that when a homeowner answers and unlatches the door to open it, the rubber band props the latch open. This means that when the person looks to see who’s there, the criminal can easily push their way through and get inside. Then, since the latch is being held open by the rubber band, it makes it impossible for the homeowner to close the door and lock it back up.

Naturally, this news frightened Kim but it also made her more vigilant than ever. She wanted to warn others of the possible danger and so she posted about it on Facebook to share what she’d learned. In the end, while the incident did bother her, she didn’t let it get in the way of her peace of mind. Above all, she never answers the door when she’s alone, never has, never will. After all, if someone really needs to reach you, they would call and announce or make themselves known to you.

Watch the video below for the full story: