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14 Surprising Uses for Cable Ties

 

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10. Upgrade Your Flower Arrangement. Take your flower arrangement to the next level by securing the bouquet with a zip tie before placing it in a vase. Don’t make it too tight, of course, but the flowers won’t move around in water and it’ll look just how you envisioned it! You can also make fabulous wreaths by securing flowers and other items together with cable ties.

11. Ride Your Bike Safely in the Snow. Drivers sometimes use chains to safely navigate snowy, mountainous roads, so, it only makes sense that bicyclists could benefit from the same treatment. Keep your ride wipeout-free by attaching cable ties to your tires. Click here for detailed instructions on this ingenious trick.

12. Securely Ship Stuff. Cable ties are often used in product packaging to keep stuff securely in place. By that same notion, use cable ties to hold whatever you’re mailing out in place.

13. Ridiculously Easy (And Cheap!) DIY Storage. With a couple (free!) plastic milk crates, and a couple cable ties, you can create durable storage for less than $1. Attach milk crates to each other with cable ties, and you’ve got yourself one sturdy storage system. You can even hang it on the wall!

14. Unclog a Drain. No fancy tools or toxic chemicals needed. In fact, you don’t need any chemicals at all! You get out all that gross gunk from your drain with just a cable tie, believe it or not. Click here for detailed instructions.

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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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6:33AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Matt... really? noted.

6:32AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

I really enjoy all the "repurposing" articles and the "think outside the box" articles. Thank you for them.

My son used to have a t-shirt that read, "I have duct tape. I can fix anything." :)

6:15AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

Thanks Katie for sharing the suggestions.

4:16AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Noted

12:20PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

I will use the one to keep plants upright. Thank you for all the ideas - they're all useful.

4:35PM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Great ideas.

8:40PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Interesting, thanks!

5:39PM PDT on May 17, 2014

You can fix small holes in a radiator by melting cable-ties with a soldering iron.

3:43AM PDT on May 1, 2014

Interesting

12:12PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

I think my favorite, most useful suggestion of all of these (since so many of them didn't really seem all that practical, was the drain-cleaning one. There's always hair in my house from animals, so I'm definitely trying this!

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