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14 Surprising Uses for Magnets

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14 Surprising Uses for Magnets


Those terrible ad magnets piling up? Have plenty of ‘em from old electronics? Don’t worry, there are a number of great ways you can use and reuse magnets. Click through to check out what you can do and give us your suggestions in the comments!

Earlier: 11 Surprising Uses for Egg Cartons


Around the House & Garage.

1. Remove Pesky Batteries. Just can’t get that stubborn battery out of its case? Make the job easier, and safer, with the help of a strong magnet. Just put the magnet over the battery, and it will slip right out.

2. Hold a Trash Bag in Place. Keep a trash bag firmly in the bin with the help of magnets so the bag doesn’t snag and nothing gets left in the bin.

3. Find a Stud in the Wall. Run a magnet along the wall to locate a stud, and when you feel the pull, you’ve found it!

4. Stop a Frozen Car Lock Dead in its Tracks. Having your car locks freeze over is a nightmare, but it’s easily preventable. Put a magnet on the lock overnight, and you shouldn’t have a problem in the morning.

5. Make Parchment Paper Stay Put. Parchment paper often curls at the ends when it’s placed on a baking sheet. Prevent that by placing refrigerator magnets in the corners to keep the paper down. Let the magnets cool for a bit before removing.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:56PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Since making the discovery as a child that magnets repel each other as well as attract I've been fascinated by them, and their mysterious force. They have loads of uses around the home, but are best kept away though from magnetically sensitive items such as credit cards, computer hard drives and such like stuff. Thanks for the article Katie.

1:09PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Actually, Carol, I see the point of keeping the fridge inventory on a magnet or 3. Better than last year's calendar or worse yet, wasting energy by opening the door and looking.

1:03PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

This advice is great:
"""Find a Stud in the Wall. Run a magnet along the wall to locate a stud, and when you feel the pull, you’ve found it!"""

6:50PM PST on Dec 26, 2013


3:00PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Great ideas... thank you!!

12:44AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

I had to get rid of all the magnets in my house after I had a pacemaker put in for my heart. They can change the rhythm.

7:30AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

3:52AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013


3:44AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Did not really want to look at that frozen car...please, never remind me that Winter is lurking around the corner. In fact, press the rewind button and restart Spring. Some of these ideas are interesting, others... such as putting what is in the fridge on a magnet...I can just look inside and see from there since I already know what is in there. Not expecting any guerrilla action from the broccoli but asparagus is known to be rebellious, spearheading coups every now and then.

3:35AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Thank you

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