10 Surprising Uses for Tweezers

Most people have a pair of stainless steel tweezers in their medicine cabinet and a pair of plastic tweezers in a first aid kit. But tweezers are excellent tools for a number of different tasks beyond shaping eyebrows and removing splinters. Indeed, you should turn to tweezers for many tasks that require a precise hand. From perfect cakes to clog-free drains, read on for some of the most inventive ways to use tweezers.



In the Kitchen.


Remove Eggshells.

A pair of tweezers is surprisingly handy in the kitchen, especially when it comes to removing those pesky eggshells that sneak into batters and doughs without making a mess.

Decorate Cakes and Plate Food.

Need fine, precise work on a cake or want your dinner to look like a million bucks? Tweezers are your friend! In high-end restaurants across the globe, chefs use tweezers to perfectly plate their dishes. For the bakers among us, tweezers come in handy, too — there are special cake decorating tweezers out there, but a regular pair will work just fine for adding dragées and other decoratives to your cakes.



Around the House.

Remove Crumbs from Keyboards.

Most of us are guilty of having a snack at our computers. Over time, crumbs can build up in all of those little nooks and crevices, and removing them with your fingers can be very difficult. That’s where tweezers come in! Carefully, without scratching or harming the hardware, remove any dirt that is out of the reach of your fingers.

Remove Lint From Fans.

Summer is just around the corner, and, if you aren’t blessed with air conditioning, you probably use fans to keep you cool. Those fans, however, can collect a ridiculous amount of dust and lint. In a clean workspace remove the cover of the fan and get to work wiping down the blades with a rag. Those little holes? Well, that’s where the tweezers come in — remove all of that dust and lint and empty it into a garbage bag. You may want to wear a face mask while you’re doing this.

De-Clog Drains.

Sure, you use tweezers to pluck your eyebrows, but you can also use them to pluck hair that’s clogging up your shower drain. It’s a much better tool than the old flattened out wire hanger trick!

Remove Lint From Hair Dryer.

Like fans, hair dryers are lint magnets that aren’t exactly easy to clean out. With a tool as precise as tweezers, though, getting the job done is a snap. Just make sure, of course, to remove lint from an unplugged hair dryer!




Beauty, Fashion, Health.


Safely Move Medicine.

If you’re preparing medicine for a loved one, you sometimes want to avoid coming into direct contact with the pills because many medications can be absorbed through the skin. One way around this is to use a designated a pair of tweezers to get the job done.

Remove Pet Hair From Clothes.

Pet lovers everywhere know this conundrum: you love cuddling with your best friend, but don’t love all the extra hair that comes along with it! Use tweezers to remove any of that unwanted pet hair from your clothes.

Untangle Necklaces.

Tangled necklaces are a pain, and sometimes it’d be nice to have the hands, but not the motor skills, of a toddler to untangle them. No tiny hands are needed, though, if you have a pair of tweezers by your side! Pinch the necklace with the tweezers just above the knot, and, with a needle, try to thread between the chain. Shake and prod until the knot is a little looser, un-pinch the tweezers and use the tweezers to guide out of the knot.

Tighten Loose Screws on Glasses.

Save yourself a trip to the eyeglasses shop! You can use tweezers to help tighten those tiny screws on your eyeglasses without any fancy tools.


Paula A
Past Member 5 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Son Y.
Son Y.3 years ago

Yeah, no, I'm NOT using tweezers down my drains, thanks!

I use a paintbrush for my keyboard (not the waterpaint brush, a real paintbrush, about an inch wide)..

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sen Senz
Sayenne H4 years ago

hm ok..

Dianne D.
Dianne D4 years ago

I use them to pull out the spinning blade in my cat's water fountains to clean them. It's magnetic and hard to pull out with fingers.

Elizabeth W.
Elizabeth W4 years ago

It's funny, these tips are so obvious, yet how many of us actually think to use them? Thanks for the reminder!

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you

Dave C.
David C4 years ago

I've done some of these.....

Jim Ven
Jim Ven4 years ago

thanks for the article.

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey4 years ago