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15 Surprising Uses for Safety Pins

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4. Keep Those Curtains Shut. Sick of that tiny space between your curtains? Keep them shut with your trusty pal, the safety pin, and keep living like a vampire!

5. Clean Your Garlic Press. I have a wonderful garlic press that’s sadly lost its comb. Luckily, all is not lost — a safety pin works just as well (if not better!) for getting out all the gunk.

6. Clean Your Salt Shaker. Stop all that salt buildup in the shaker by cleaning it with a safety pin.

7. Keep Those Covers on the Couch. If your armchair covers just don’t like to stay in their place, fasten them down with a safety pin.

8. Decorate a Cake. Don’t just eyeball those words and other designs on a cake! Use a safety pin to plan out your design — the icing will cover the safety pin lines completely.

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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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6:09AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

great! Thank you! ^^

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11:20AM PDT on May 9, 2013


3:11AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for the good ideas!

2:43AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

I should buy safety pins for regular use and for my survival kit (it's a duffle bag full of items that would come in handy in case of an emergency/disaster/apocalypse).

1:40PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

thnak you--good ideas--especially for static cling

7:26AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013


4:44AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

I like clothes-pegs to keep my curtains closed.
Lots of good tips, thanks.

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