18 Ways to Use the Rubber Bands Taking Over Your Drawers

Do you have a collection of rubber bands taking over your junk drawer?

Have you been saving the bands wrapped around your broccoli stems, newspapers and bouquets of flowers for years, but have no idea what to do with them?

First of all, congratulations! You’ve already reduced your carbon footprint by not throwing them away. These handy little bands have a significant ecological impact, so repurposing them is a great way to help the planet!

You may have heard of some traditional tricks for using rubber bands, like tieing chip bags to preserve freshness and using them as emergency hair ties (ouch!) — but here are 18 unexpected tips you may have not heard before:

  1. Waste less soap
  • Wrap a rubber band around the neck of a soap dispenser, under the output spout. This limits the amount of soap dispensed from the bottle, resulting in less soap wasted! Tip from Chasing Green

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2. Open jar lids/ bottle caps 

  • Tie a rubber band around bottle caps or jar lids to make it easier (and less painful) to open. Tip from Chasing Green

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3. Anchor your cutting board

  • Does your cutting board tend to slip and slide across your countertop? Tie a rubber band around each end, which will create traction and prevent it from slipping around. Tip from Chasing Green

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4. Reshape your broom

  • You know how your broom’s bristles tend to get splayed with use? Just wrap a rubber band around the base of the bristles to straighten them out, and leave it for at least a day. Good as new! Tip from Chasing Green

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5. Make a car visor holder

  • Wrap a couple rubber bands around the sun visor of your car. Now you have a handy spot to store sunglasses, parking passes, toll receipts, directions, etc. Tip from Chasing Green

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6. Use as a bookmark

  • Wrap a rubber band around your book on the page you left off. Unlike paper bookmarks that slip out, you won’t loose your place — even if you drop your book! Tip from Chasing Green

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7. Make beautiful home decor

  • Wrap a few rubber bands around an old mason jar or wine bottle, criss-crossing them however you like. Place it on old some old newspaper (for easy clean-up), and cover it in spray paint. Let it dry, then remove the rubber bands. Just like that, you have gorgeous new home decor! Tip from wikiHow

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8. Take off excess paint

  • Instead of wiping excess paint along the side of your paint can, wrap a rubber band around the middle of the can. Now you can wipe your brush on the band instead, and the paint will drip right back into the can (saving paint, and saving a mess!). Tip from Chasing Green

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9. Identify guests’ cups

  • Avoid forgetting which cup is who’s, by tieing rubber bands of various colours around your guests’ cups. Tip from Chasing Green

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10. Tie up cords while travelling

  • Wrap rubber bands around your cell phone charger, hair dryer chord, or any other chords that may take up room in your bag. This saves space and prevents them from tangling! Tip from Green Mountain Energy

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11. Prevent clothes from slipping off hangers

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12. Stop yours doors from locking 

  • Do your kids ever lock you out of their room? Try stretching a few rubber bands around both handles to prevent the door from locking shut! Tip from the Krazy Coupon Lady

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13. Give yourself a salon-quality French manicure

  • Position a rubber band on your nail, leaving the top of the nail exposed. Apply a small amount of white nail polish to only the tip of your nail, then remove the rubber band. Use a different part of the rubber band (or a different band) for each nail to keep it looking neat and polished. Tip from the Krazy Coupon Lady

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14. Prevent your shower caddy from sliding

  • Wrap a rubber band around your shower head to make sure your shower caddy doesn’t slide down the pipe (and spill the contents everywhere). Tip from the Krazy Coupon Lady

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15. Stop a utensil from falling into the pot

  • Never loose a spoon in a boiling spot of water again! Just wrap a rubber band around the handle, and voila — no more missing spoons. Tip from the Krazy Coupon Lady

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16. Keep sliced fruit from browning

  • So simple, yet so effective. Wrap a rubber band around sliced apples, avacados, or any other fruit to keep it from oxidizing and turning brown. Tip from the Krazy Coupon Lady

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17. Stop your glasses from slipping

  • Are your glasses constantly slipping down your face? Twist a rubber band around each ear piece. This will create more traction and ensure your glasses stay put! Tip from Crafts on Fire

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18. Keep your tea bag in place

  • Secure a rubber band around the string of your tea bag to keep it in place and avoid fishing for sunken tea bags! Tip from Crafts on Fire

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