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       Volume I - May 28, 2010

Fun Kitchen Uses, (etc) for Rubber Bands!
by Patty Liston

I love coming across fun information that makes me say, “WOW! Why didn’t I think of that”!

Such is the case of the humble rubber band. I mean really—how boring am I to use these little rubber circles just to bundle cards or paper? These ideas are great and I knew you would think so as well. Let me know if you have found other uses not listed. Anything that will make our lives easier is truly a blessing.

1. Wind a thick rubber band around a water leak in a garden hose, or thin pipe, to make a temporary repair. Stretch it as tightly as possible. The rubber will plug the gap and its waterproof.

2. Wind around a candle to stop wax dripping down onto a surface, or put it at the top and stop waxing running down the candle. This makes it last longer.

3. Secure glasses or protective goggles to your face and stop them sliding off while you are working.

4. Use to make a book. Fold your paper in half and use the rubber band to make a spine.

5. Wind a rubber band around each end of a chopping board to prevent slipping. The rubber grips the surface.

6. Wind around the handles of knives to stop them sliding around in your hand as you chop food, especially if they are wet.

7. Wind around screw tops on bottles to help you get a better grip when twisting them off.

8. Expand the waist band on your pants, or skirt. Loop the rubber band through the button hole and fasten to the button. This can give you an extra inch.

9. For kids and the elderly who may find it hard to grip a drinking class, especially when it is cold and slippery, wind rubber bands around to give a grip: Good for anyone with arthritis.

10. Plop! The spoon slipped into the mixing bowl again, and now you have to fish it out of the messy batter. This time, after you rinse off the spoon, wrap a rubber band around the top of the handle to catch the spoon and avoid the mess.

11. Secure your casserole lids when you need to transport your wonderful casserole dish by securing the top to the base with a couple of wide rubber bands.Secure your cutting board while chopping your vegetables by putting rubber bands around each end of the board.

12. Whether your glass is wet from condensation, or you have trouble gripping a glass because of arthritis, by wrapping a couple of rubber bands around the glass, it will become easier to grip. Also works great for kids whose small hands sometimes have a hard time holding a glass.

13. Reshape your broom whose bristles have become deformed. Wrap a rubber band around the broom a few inches from the bottom. Leave it for a day or so to get the bristles back in line.

14. Keep thread from tangling by wrapping a rubber band around the spools to keep the thread from unraveling.

15. Thumb through papers easily by loosely wrapping a rubber band around your index finger a few times.

16. Secure bed slats by wrapping rubber bands around their ends to make them stay in place.

17. Gauge how much liquid is left in a bottle by wrapping a band around the liquid containers in your workshop and/or kitchen, to indicate how much is left and you'll always know at a glance.

18. Wipe your paint brush using this great trick! Every time you dip your paintbrush, you wipe the excess against the side of the can. Before you know it, paint is dripping off the side of the can and the little groove around the rim is so full of paint that it splatters everywhere when you go to hammer the lid back on. Avoiding all this mess is easy. Just wrap a rubber band around the can from top to bottom, going across the middle of the can opening. Now, when you fill your brush, you can just tap it against the rubber band and the excess paint will fall back into the can.

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