14 Surprising Uses for Magnets


Those terrible ad magnets piling up? Have plenty of ‘em from old electronics? Don’t worry, there are a number of great ways you can use and reuse magnets. Click through to check out what you can do and give us your suggestions in the comments!

Earlier: 11 Surprising Uses for Egg Cartons


Around the House & Garage.

1. Remove Pesky Batteries. Just can’t get that stubborn battery out of its case? Make the job easier, and safer, with the help of a strong magnet. Just put the magnet over the battery, and it will slip right out.

2. Hold a Trash Bag in Place. Keep a trash bag firmly in the bin with the help of magnets so the bag doesn’t snag and nothing gets left in the bin.

3. Find a Stud in the Wall. Run a magnet along the wall to locate a stud, and when you feel the pull, you’ve found it!

4. Stop a Frozen Car Lock Dead in its Tracks. Having your car locks freeze over is a nightmare, but it’s easily preventable. Put a magnet on the lock overnight, and you shouldn’t have a problem in the morning.

5. Make Parchment Paper Stay Put. Parchment paper often curls at the ends when it’s placed on a baking sheet. Prevent that by placing refrigerator magnets in the corners to keep the paper down. Let the magnets cool for a bit before removing.

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Organizing & Storage.

6. Clean up Spilled Pins, Tacks, and More. If you spill a container of tacks, pins, and other little metal objects, spare yourself the poked fingers by using a magnet to pick them up.

7. Store a Broom on the Fridge. Attach a magnet to your broom with a screw, half way down the handle. Attach it to the side of the fridge until you’re ready to use it. There, no more falling brooms!

8. Create Extra Storage in Cabinets. You can practically double your storage space with the help of an old baking sheet and some magnets. These instructions are for a DIY magnetic spice rack underneath cabinets, though I would caution that spices should be stored inside of cabinets, away from the heat of the oven. You can store plenty of other stuff on the outside of the cabinets in mason jars, or adapt the project for the inside of the cabinets.

9. Keep Track of What’s in the Fridge. Chances are, you have plenty of those ugly advertising magnets lying around. Put them to good use by giving yourself a visual of the contents of your fridge. Cut out photos of your favorite foods from grocery store ads, stick them on the magnets, and put them on the fridge when they’re in there. Click here for more info on this great craft.

10. Organize Your Desk Drawer. Paper clips, paper clips, everywhere. No need for that! Just put a refrigerator magnet in your desk drawer, and those paper clips will stay put.

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More Great Ideas.

11. Organize Cords. A mess of cords is such a hassle. Keep the organized with the help of a magnet and a screw. Click here for detailed instructions.

12. Salvage a Lonely Earring. Did you lose one of your favorite earrings? I feel your pain! Don’t toss it, glue it onto an old magnet and use it on your fridge.

13. Keep Track of Screws. You don’t want to lose one, do you? Make sure that never happens with the help of a manget.

14. Make a Fridge Pen. Everyone needs one! Glue a magnet onto a pen for easy access to a writing utensil.

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Sen Senz
Sayenne H3 years ago

Thanksss :D

Sen Senz
Sayenne H3 years ago

Thanksss :D

Johanna Kidd
Johanna Kidd3 years ago

Great ideas, Im attracted to them all

Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks. Really liked the broom idea, but it's going to have to be a pretty strong magnet.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa4 years ago

Thank you

matt gowty
matt gowty4 years ago

somre really clever ideas here. Thank you :)

Glenville J O.
Glenville J Owen5 years ago

Since making the discovery as a child that magnets repel each other as well as attract I've been fascinated by them, and their mysterious force. They have loads of uses around the home, but are best kept away though from magnetically sensitive items such as credit cards, computer hard drives and such like stuff. Thanks for the article Katie.

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert5 years ago

Actually, Carol, I see the point of keeping the fridge inventory on a magnet or 3. Better than last year's calendar or worse yet, wasting energy by opening the door and looking.

Wisteria K.
Past Member 5 years ago

This advice is great:
"""Find a Stud in the Wall. Run a magnet along the wall to locate a stud, and when you feel the pull, you’ve found it!"""

Dave C.
David C5 years ago