Introduction: 10 Life Hacks Using Rubber Bands

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You know how life can be hard? And little things sometimes just make it a lot harder? Well, I try to do everything I can to make life a lot easier. And with this instructable, it'll make your life easier, too. And cheaper you won't have to buy as many things.

Step 1: Jar Opener

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Just wrap a relatively thick rubber band around a jar lid for grip to make it easier to open.

Step 2: Car Phone Holder

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In your car wrap a rubber band through your air vent to hold your phone in place. This is especially useful if you are using a GPS app. This works with any kind of phone.

Step 3: Finding Small Things

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I don't know about you but I am always losing small things on the floor and they eventually get vacuumed up. Well, no more. Put pantyhose over the end of the vacuum hose and secure with a rubber band. Make sure to secure it tightly. Then turn on your vacuum cleaner and just move it along the floor and it will pick up things like your earring backs, or if one of your kids lost a tooth, and I mean, lost it.

Step 4: Turning Pages Made Easy

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Isn't it sometimes hard to turn the pages on new books? Well, with rubber bands, no more. Just wrap a rubber band around your pointer finger, and it will give you a rubbery grip. Just make sure not to put it on too tightly, or it could cut off your blood circulation.

Step 5: Doorknob Stay Unlocked (I Command It)

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I don't know about you but my baby sister is always shutting the door when she's in a room and then she can't reach the doorknob; so she's locked in. But if you wrap a rubber band around both door knobs, connecting them, the door won't lock. But make sure it's tight enough.

Step 6: Sewing Made Easier

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I don't know if you sew, but I do; and the 5/8's line is so small, it's hard to see on the sewing machine. So I put a rubber band where the 5/8 line is, and I can see it much easier now. This is a must for sewers.

Step 7: Tea Bag Trick

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I don't know about you, but the tea bag string is always slipping into my tea cup. So, just put a rubber band around it and the cup. It works so well.

Step 8: No More Brown Apples

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The inside of my apples are always turning brown before I eat them, especially if they are packed sliced in my lunch bag. Nevermore with this handy trick. Just slice the apple and keep the core together; and if it falls apart, put it back together, almost like a puzzle. Then wrap a rubber band around it; and voila, your apple will not turn brown.

Step 9: Perfect Manicure

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Isn't it so hard to make a perfect manicure? Not anymore. Just wrap a rubber band around your finger where you want the nail polish to end and then paint, and it will look perfect. Thumbs up on that one.

Step 10: No More Mineral Deposits

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Does your fridge ever get minerals deposits on the water dispenser? Nevermore with this handy trick. Fill a sandwich bag almost halfway with vinegar and put it over the dispenser and secure it with a rubber band. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Take the bag off. Then dry with a cloth. And voila, no more mineral deposits.

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That's it. I hope these ideas make your life easier. Don't forget to vote.


Mysterious_Gal (author)2016-05-11

Thanks Everyone for the comments. Sorry can't respond to them all but appreciate them :)

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deswiger (author)2016-04-06

Very helpful, thanks for sharing. Semper Fi

DA OLIBLAA PRO (author)2016-03-20

much good stuff 9/10

LynneF6 (author)2016-03-17

Some brilliant ideas will give them a go

ashik ravi (author)2016-02-11

soooooo much usefulllllll

loubee2 (author)2015-12-08

Very clever & useful!...Thanks!!

ReneeD10 (author)2015-12-07

Your Life Hacks were very useful, Thank you so much for sharing exspecially the "Perfect Manicure" you don't know how many things I've tried to do this and yours worked the best !

spark master (author)2015-12-06

LOVE the vacuum cleaner trick and the lid gripper, Broccoli bands to the rescue!!

as far as the fingernail stuff, that is why 3M makes masking tape, or any tape ya go. Nice collection in general. Carry on, but do remember the band die over time they turn to goo then dry onto stuff with no chance of release w/o residue

Was1x (author)spark master2015-12-06

Silicone cooking bands to the rescue. ORDINARY rubber bands age and deteriorate. But since I found silicone cooking bands, usually used to bind a turkey's legs together, or a buncha broccoli, I go thru more than 25 in 6 months. They are about $12-15.00 for 25, but they last for years. And keep on stretching. And since they withstand temps up to 550 F., they even last when we store things in our garage attic in Central Florida! (It gets close to oven temps, but not quite).

spark master (author)Was1x2015-12-07

Never seen those before. I had a bunch of silicone bake ware and gave up on it. I never trss my turkey I sew it up or leave it as is. Chickens the same. I will keep my eye out for them though.


Was1x (author)spark master2015-12-07

I found them originally at a Kitchen store in a mall, but haven't locally. So I have family order them via Amazon twice a year for my BD in July and Christmas. There are 2 companies that make them.

ALSO forgot to mention that one can undo and rewrap things over and over, but the do come apart after a year or so. No residue on things. And other sites will be suggested that have larger and/or thicker bands. I luv em.

WendyK16 (author)spark master2015-12-06

Ditto that one and also the car vent holder

spark master (author)WendyK162015-12-07

sheesh yeah I missed that, I do it myself sometimes before I saw this. I cut up fat broccoli bands and rubber cemented them to stuff that needed feet, temporarily as they eventually turn to goo!

yunzen (author)2015-01-22

The tea-bag could be secure from slipping in by roping around the 's handle. Turn the page better by moisten you're fingertip

dsantil71 (author)yunzen2015-01-23

true but I hate getting my fingers & pages wet & then the pages end up getting dingy, more likely to tear too. I would much rather use the rubber band. Could also use it as a temporary bookmark too!

Was1x (author)dsantil712015-12-06

Or could use a finger cot, a medical type thing like the tip of a nylon glove, or a little bitty condom.

LDM1 (author)Was1x2015-12-07

I spotted this product in banks years ago for handling and counting paper money, it's brand name is "SortKwik" , you just touch your finger tips on it and it leaves a slight film to grip a variety of paper products. You NEVER want to lick your fingers when handling money, paper money is the filthiest stuff to handle, just think about, it's handled by people that never wash their hands, children, drug users and dealers and the like. Also handy for thumbing through pages of a book or magazines with out defacing the pages. Just a little helpful and healthy tip, you can find it at Staples or Office Depot or any office supply store. Shalom!

Mysterious_Gal (author)dsantil712015-01-24

I totally agree with you :)

cowgirlgail (author)2015-12-06

next time I pull out the machine I am trying this trick

Zuzit (author)2015-12-06

wow we all learn all our life

grannyjones (author)2015-12-06

In an office with cubicle walls, rubber bands are often airborne. The trick is to lob one onto someone's keyboard, when they don't know who shot it. ;-)

IngridG2 (author)2015-12-06

What a great idea! I used to draw lines with a pencil and then end with a few lines....WHICH do I need now? So a rubberband which you can just move as required is a great idea. Thank you.

tobyjug3 (author)2015-12-06

I will definitely be using the sewing machine one. I have been using masking tape until now but it gets yeuch very quickly with the friction.


windkissed (author)2015-12-06

Nice collection of tips.

namora (author)2015-12-06

Thanks for the apple and mineral deposit tips. The mineral deposit should work on many plumbing problems.

janetsellers08 (author)2015-12-06

I'm going to make these as Christmas presents 10 of a fun thing to openI'm going to make these With a note & a picture

doo da do (author)2015-12-06

THe inner tube, on the tip of the walking stick. I will have to try it.

Dianaisaprincess123 (author)2015-08-29

I am DEFINTLY going to do the Manicure one!!!!!


JulianAzz (author)2015-08-26

i love rubber bands, intelligent ideas.

Mysterious_Gal (author)JulianAzz2015-08-26

Thanks :)

Old cooper made it! (author)2015-08-17

I use rubber bands to hold the pages of my book open. 1 or 2 bands looped together over the corners with a twist. Easy to slip a page out to turn it, (especially using that hint about using a band to help with turning pages.

As to the bicycle inner tubes. My local bicycle shop is willing to give me the tubes with holes in them. Just don't use that part. I cut off a couple of inches and use them as a tip for my walking sticks. No marks on the floors, and no damage to carpets or wood floors. Non slip on tiles.

And, a short piece can act as a bungee when we have the dog leashed outside. Saves stress on the leash.


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ooohlaa (author)2015-05-15

will use several, thanx esp the sewing one .. I tried masking tape and it interferes with sewing sometimes. this is gr8!

Mysterious_Gal (author)ooohlaa2015-05-17


Tuan JinnN (author)2015-05-15

Wow wow, thankssss!!! I will use the trick for the door lock

Glad you like them :)

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Fikjast Scott (author)2015-02-07

all great ideas, thanks for sharing

You're welcome :)

Tumunga (author)2015-01-24

#7 and #8 = #1


Mysterious_Gal (author)2015-01-23

Awesome! I can't see the picture though.

StuDog (author)Mysterious_Gal2015-01-24

Well the android app demands I upload a picture and I didn't wish to. I use my phone as a camera so no point in showing just an elastic band in the air vent lol.

Mysterious_Gal (author)StuDog2015-01-24

Oh OK :)

dsantil71 (author)2015-01-23

These r so awesome, I can use all them! Thanks so much!

Mysterious_Gal (author)dsantil712015-01-24


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