Rubber bands don't look like they can do much at first, but they are fabulously versatile. You can put them to a million different uses! Many of them will last a long time, so don't think of them as disposable.
It turns out it's better for the environment if you can put them to use for as long as they remain stretchy and intact. If you are like me and have too many rubber bands in your drawers, this list is for you. Keep reading to find out 15 surprising other uses for rubber bands:
1) Mark your drinks at a party. If you have a little collection of different colored rubber bands, stretch them around your class to avoid mix-ups.
2) Keep doors unlatched. This one is especially great if you have little children in the house who may be able to pull a door shut, but are not capable of operating the handle in order to open it again. By configuring the rubber band as Instructables shows us in the picture below, the door will stay unlatched.
3) Keep your sliced apples fresh. Keep sliced apples tightly packed like this - it'll prevent the flesh from being exposed to the air and stop it from going brown - thanks to Treehugger for this one!
4) Keep your paint can clean. This one comes from Brightnest, who suggests stretching a rubber band vertically around the centre of your can. When you need to wipe excess paint off your brush, wipe it on the band - it'll drip back into the paint and keep the sides of the can clean.
5) Turn pages more easily. If you're getting stuck into study or a good novel, and you're finding your fingers slipping when you want to turn the page, try a rubber band on the end of your finger.
6) DIY hands-free kit. Use a rubber band to attach your phone to the dashboard - it's safe and convenient.
7) Limit your soap dispenser. This is one is great for parents, because according to Simply Modern Mom, little kids are notorious for pumping great handfuls of soap! This rubber band trick limits the amount that can come out.
8) Keep your stemware safe in the dishwasher. Hold your stemware upright by wrapping rubber bands around them. You can do them one long line like in the picture, or individually by looping a rubber band over part of the glass rack and then over the glass itself.
9) Keep your chopping board steady. Sometimes chopping boards can slide around on the countertop, but not if you stretch a couple of rubber bands around it! The rubber will grip to the countertop and keep the board steady, according to Brightnest.
10) Keep ribbons tidy. Treehugger notes that a rubber band wrapped around the spool will stop those ends from unravelling on you.
11) Keep your utensils high and dry. It's a pain when your spoon slips down into the mixing bowl and becomes sticky with food... but you can stop this by simply wrapping a thick rubber band around the handle.
12) Use it as a bookmark. Just stretch the rubber band around the section you've read... and even better, it'll stay in place if you drop the book.
13) Secure your tea bags. It happens all the time - the paper tab at the end of the strings slips into your tea and ends up at the bottom of the cup. But not if you have a rubber band around your mug... Thanks, Instructables!
14) Open stubborn jar lids. By stretching a rubber band around the lid of a jar, you'll make it easier to grip.
15) Keep your clothes on their hangers. Sometimes silky tops slip off the ends of the hanger, and you find them rumpled in the bottom of your wardrobe, but no more! Brightnest suggests looping a rubber band over each end of the hanger, and the clothes will stay on it more securely.
Rubber bands have so many uses, and these are just a few of them. My grandmother always put one on her wrist when she needed to remember something - then every time she saw the rubber band on her wrist it would remind her! We'd love to hear from you in the comments - how do you use yours?