30 super cool ways to use a rubber band


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Rubber bands are kind of like pocket knives — they were designed for one purpose, but you can use them for like a bazillion other things. Seriously, rubber bands can do anything!

Here are 30 innovative ways to use a rubber band:


1. Unscrew a tight cap

Wrap a rubber band around a sticky top and it will provide some extra grip.


2. Keep your paint can clean while painting

Wrap a rubber band around the center of an open paint can. Instead of wiping the paintbrush along the inside rim, wipe it on the rubber band. This way the side of your paint stays clean for storage.


3. Silence a bedroom door

Loop the rubber bands around both doorknobs of a door so it makes an X in the middle (the thing will look kind of like an infinity sign). The X keeps the latch open. This can be useful if you need to open doors quietly while people are sleeping.


4. Use it as a bookmark

You can slide a rubber band around the section of the book you have not read yet. This is a fool-proof bookmark if your book falls off the nightstand.


5. Stabilize a cutting board

If your cutting board is sliding on your counter while you slice, wrap a rubber band around one edge. This will help keep it steady.


6. Secure a blouse on a hanger

Loop rubber bands around each end of a slippery hanger and your blouses won’t fall to the floor.


7. Use it as a pseudo earring back

A piece of a rubber band can stand in as an earring back if you find yourself in a tight spot. Just make sure the earring post is pierced through the rubber band so everything stays in place.


8. Secure your tupperware

Wrap a rubber band around your lunch tupperware. This way you don’t have to risk spilling pea soup inside your bag on the way to work.


9. Make mod vases

Use a rubber band as a painting aid to add a pop of color to an old jar or glass vase. Affix a thick rubber band near the bottom of the jar or use it as a painting guide to create a dipped or striped look.


10. Break in a hat

If you prefer your hat bills to be curved, attach a rubber band to the bill overnight. 


11. Turn book pages

Instead of licking your fingers to turn book pages, you can loosely wrap a rubber band around your finger (no need to cut off your circulation). This will grip the page, so you don't have to douse it in spit.


12. Charge your phone from the ceiling

Don’t tell me you haven’t tried to use an out-of-reach outlet at a bar or restaurant. I see people let their phones hang from chargers in mid-air all the time, and it’s risky behavior. A quick rubber band to a stationary object nearby will prevent some sweat beads.


13. Turn regular jeans into maternity pants

Make a slip knot around the buttonhole and attach the other end to the button. This will give you an extra few inches before you commit to the elastic waistband.


14. Implement portion control on pump top dispensers

Wrap a rubber band around the bottom portion of the pump. This way you only push down halfway when you’re going to the soap, and you save money!


15. Give a broom a facelift

If your broom bristles are getting old and starting to point in weird directions, put a rubber band around the bristles.