7 Unexpected Problems You Can Solve With Rubber Bands

You can find rubber bands in drawers and tins all over the house. In a pinch, these office essentials can solve all sorts of daily problems.

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Rubber bands may be desk-drawer essentials, but they also often get lost among other bits and pieces, forgotten until it’s time to contain some loose pens or group stacks of mail together. That’s all well and good, but it leaves unrealized potential, especially because rubber bands can be used for so many things outside the office or kitchen.

Whether you’re at home, at work, or on the road, keeping a few rubber bands in your bag or car can stop some major problems (like too-small pants!) right in their tracks, making your life a little easier in the process.

Problem #1: Strappy tops and dresses keep slipping off their hangers.

Wrap a thick rubber band (or two thin ones) tightly around each end of the hanger. Garments will be stopped from sliding off and onto the floor!

Problem #2: Wrapped-up sandwiches all look alike.

Stretch a thick rubber band around each wrapped sandwich and label it (either with type of sandwich or names) with a permanent marker. Everyone will be able to pick out which sandwich he or she wants without having to unwrap them.

Problem #3: A jar or bottle won’t open.

Wrap rubber bands tightly around the lid or base of a bottle (think nail polish bottles) or jar for a better grip. If that doesn’t work, try one of these easy tricks for opening a tight jar.

Problem #4: Glass- and stemware wobbles in the dishwasher.

Use rubber bands to tether stemware and other delicate, wobbly items to the dishwasher rack.

Problem #5: The wrapping tape is missing.

Wrap multiple colored rubber bands around the wrapping paper to both hold the wrapping in place and give the gift a little flair.

Problem #6: Chilly or slick glasses keep slipping.

Pull three or four rubber bands around the base of a glass to give it more grip.

Problem #7: You can’t see how much flour is left.

Stretch a rubber band around opaque canisters holding flour, sugar, and other pantry staples. Each time you scoop something out of a canister, move the band down to mark how much is left inside, so when supplies start running low, you know.

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