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16 Surprising Uses for Pencils & Erasers

 

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13. Mend a Stubborn Zipper. Is there anything more frustrating than a stuck zipper?! Don’t worry, though, it won’t be a problem for long! Use your trusty pencil to solve it — just rub the eraser along the teeth of the zipper and it should lubricate it enough to work again.

14. Check if a Houseplant Needs Watering. Unsure if your houseplant is thirsty? Check how the soil is doing with a pencil.

15. Stop Tilted Picture Frames. Never have a tilted frame again with this clever trick: glue a few small pieces of an eraser to the bottom corners of the back of the frame.

16. Organize Sewing Kit. Safely store pins and needles in your sewing box with an eraser.

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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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12:37AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

There are some good tips here. Thank you!

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

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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

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