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16 Surprising Uses for Pencils & Erasers

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Fashion, Beauty & Health.

5. Use an Eraser as a Makeshift Earring Back. Lost your earring back? Make a replacement with an eraser. As an added bonus, an eraser is easier on your skin than earring backs that contain nickel.

6. Roll Up a Toothpaste Tube. Don’t give up on that nearly-empty tube of toothpaste — roll the tube with a pencil to get every last bit of it.

7. Make a Splint in a Bind. If you’ve fractured a finger far away from a doctor, a pencil and a plastic milk jug can be used in a bind. Just get medical care as soon as you can!

8. Clean a Muddy Shoe. Boots can get muddy, and the million little treads can be a pain to clean. Ease the pain with the help of a pencil, both the eraser end and the sharp end, to get that gunk out.

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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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7:17AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Thanks a lot for sharing!

3:10PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

thanks

6:03PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

ty

11:22PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Pencil shavings to repel moth FTW hehe thanks! :)

11:20AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

It's easier to finish up the toothpaste tube by cut the tube end open with a clean pair of scissors, and seal it with a clipper.

5:16PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thanks.

3:24PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

I presume when they refer to using a pencil to clean keyboards, etc. it is for the tops only, because if you get all that little gunk into the openings in the keyboard - it can really create a mess.

Plus, the hint on the zipper should use the pencil lead (which is graphite, and a natural lubricant) - not the eraser, unless there's something sticking to the zipper itself that you're trying to remove.

Lastly, the way you use a pencil to check a plant's water, is to stick the pencil down to a depth of about half of the pot. Not dirt sticking to the pencil, it's pretty dry. Wherever the dirt sticks, that's generally where it's still wet.

12:58PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

dzięki

12:45PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

dzięki

4:11PM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

I've always loved pencils and prefered them to pens.
Now I know why :)

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