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14 Surprising Uses for Rubber Bands



11. Give Brooms a New Life. Is your broom starting to get worn out and fray? No need to toss it and buy a new one: simply wrap a rubber band around the bristles, about halfway up.

12. Stop Candle Wax from Dripping. Stop wax from dripping onto your nice things by arranging a rubber band around the candle.

13. Fix Leaks. A quick, temporary way to fix a leak on a pipe or hose is by fastening a rubber band around the hole. Though this trick isn’t exactly a permanent solution, it’s a great way to slow it down in the meantime.

14. Open That Stubborn Jar. Tightly wrap a rubber band around the lid of the problem jar to get a better grip.

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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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7:48PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

9:43AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Never would have thought about the broom one. Very clever.

12:07PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Dodam jeszcze, że jeżeli ubranie spada nam ze śliskiego wieszaka wystarczy z obu stron nawinąć na wieszak gumki i po kłopocie.

7:41AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


4:11AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Helpful tips.Thanks for sharing

8:45AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

good list of ideas, some more obvious than others but that's the case with such lists!

4:09AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Appreciate it muchly.....sure beats making a rubber band ball! Thanks!

2:49AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

My four year old uses them to catch fairies by wrapping them around cupboard handles from handle to handle, it makes quite an interesting mess! No fairies yet.

1:25AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

These are really valuable, thanks!

6:28PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing these great ideas!!

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