Introduction: Novel Use for a Condom!

Step 1: Injured?

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So you've got a nasty cut or other injury and your doctor has advised you not to get it wet. You're dying to take a shower...

Step 2: Try This!

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Condoms are very stretchable, and they make an ideal covering that will allow you to take a shower while keeping your bandage/injury water-free! It's easy and effective! Just cut the end off the condom and you will be able to stretch it over the bandaged area as shown.

Step 3: Enjoy Your Shower!

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Now you can safely take a shower AND follow your doctor's advice. I hope you enjoyed my first Instructable!


WILSON CHENGB (author)2015-08-19


alcurb (author)2014-11-16

I wonder if that is one of those things you can use in an emergency for a profusely bleeding gash, until the EMS arrives, or will it balloon out if no pressure is applied to the wound? I'm not going to test it myself, but I'll have it in mind next time I encounter a similar situation and I have an unused unlubricated condom at reach.

16405 (author)2013-03-05

Couldn't this cut off the circulation in your leg...

jongscx (author)2007-12-06

do they make unlubricated Trojan Magnums? I would think that would be the best for this application.

pyromonkey (author)jongscx2011-11-18

IVe got a ton of Magnums that are going to expire soon

denilsonsa (author)jongscx2007-12-06

Unlubricated condoms might hurt for people who have hairy legs. On the other hand, I don't know if the lubricant is "safe" when in contact to injuries.

altaria1993 (author)denilsonsa2007-12-07

well, i dont think its dangerous, since its most of the time made on a water base, and it isnt that much, just dont take extra lubricant :P

johnny3h (author)altaria19932011-03-20

I'm not certain about this but I sort of recall reading years ago [when "lubricated" condoms first came on the market] that the lubricant is SILICONE, and Silicone is not hazardous. IF it were, then a lubricated condom could not exist!!!!!

jongscx (author)johnny3h2011-03-21

No, they have lubricated condoms, just look at your local drug-store or convenience store... They can't use OIL-based lubricants because it damages the latex that almost all condoms are made of.

Morrighan (author)2010-11-03

hahahahahahahahaha! Great!

plzspoilme25 (author)2008-02-24

well there u go, the excuse that they dont wanna wear a condom because its too small for them is out the door...(i didnt buy it anyway) skinny legs maybe, but if the condom can stretch that much,....then i know u can deal with it for what 10-15 Seconds...LOL so that was not nice, but anyway i'm pretty sure the lube is on the outside of the condom????? and noone said it was lubed at all.........and its just a quick shower......geeezzz not like they going swimming across the ocean.......

 I would quite happily agree with the too small, but you will find that in its thicksets form, ie rolled up, its harder to stretch.

Gage987 (author)2009-12-20

And know your leg is protected from STDs and having babies

555mst555 (author)2009-06-18

eeww...ur leg will get all lubed

stephenniall (author)2009-04-14

haha i can remember a few years ago i nearly got a hamster and i had the Amazing idea of filling up 3 balloons with helium Tying them to a yoghurt pot and Making the hamster fly with a remote parachute i made I tried the three balloons with Flour equivilent to the hamsters weight but it didnt work after many days of Boredom I got a few condoms Sealed the ends with A soldering iron (left a lil hole) Filled it up with helium I had to go outside lol as it was Bigger than my kitchen ceiling and Secured it with a Zip tie to not let air escape And I made 3 of these about 6 foot each And IT Flew without a problem Lol didnt even pop when i shot it with a airsoft gun When it got too high . (it did with my potato cannon) lol Gd ible

petuljak (author)2009-03-27

By the looks of it I presume that your blood flow seized and your leg fell off.

eriklares (author)2008-06-09

thats up there with using a tampon to plug a bullet hole, lol, nice idea.

skwurul (author)eriklares2009-02-07

Ahh, the many uses of contraceptives...

Jake-off (author)2008-03-24

shouldn't you wash out the lube first. its probably just as bad. and you would have to wash it off later

Esmagamus (author)Jake-off2008-06-21

You know, there are condoms with no lube. My brother used those to water/dusproof his mobile phones while he was in archeology.

Jake-off (author)Esmagamus2008-06-22

jesus christ man, i was just pointing something out that wasn't explained in the instructable. do you really have to get all over me like that

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Jake-off (author)Esmagamus2008-06-22

I apologies for that, little outburst there, i was a little drunk and angry. i shouldn't have taken it out on you

Esmagamus (author)Jake-off2008-06-22

No problem, I didn't take it as a aggressive reaction against me but as a overly sensitive reaction. Feel free to get drunk any time, but never feel free to do something stupid, even when drunk. Cheers!

Obsessive (author)2008-04-13

This would be a marvelous idea for someone in a cast! (But I think you'd have to use two) Good idea. : )

Psyha (author)2008-03-24

Yeah, that looks like more of a tourniquet than a waterproof covering. You might want to remove that quickly. I once tested a condom's stretch ability. We could stretch it lengthwise across a medium bathroom, and blown up it was bout the size of two small watermelons. Very nice.

DeLorean4905 (author)2008-01-11

soldiers also put condoms over the muzzle of their gun to keep the barrel dry when they dont have a plug. or so i've heard.

doctorbigdaddy (author)2007-12-05

It is nice to know that these things stretch that much! Being a white male;I have never" pushed the envelope "that far!Ha.

phyzome (author)doctorbigdaddy2007-12-06

Try blowing one of those suckers up some time. They turn into excellent blimps!

DeLorean4905 (author)phyzome2008-01-11

mmm boysenberry pie bal- i mean blimps... jk

viven (author)phyzome2007-12-13

I already had used them for my project to create a blimp it was around 2.5 feet long and 1feet in dia it was awesome as the material is soft light and stretchable and mylar costs too much but yeah very skinny legs

LUCCHINA (author)doctorbigdaddy2007-12-24


Big Beer Man (author)2007-12-30

might want to have someone with a medical background look at this one. would seem something so tight might cut off the circulation to the limb. kudos for resourcefulness though, (but still sort of sorry you have to find "better uses" for your condom stash!)

LUCCHINA (author)Big Beer Man2008-01-06

This trick is used by doc or other from medical stuff... Especially for babies feet... Thanks for commenting.

starshimmer (author)2008-01-06

So now you have lube on your bandage instead of water..yay

LUCCHINA (author)starshimmer2008-01-06

Hehe !

theRIAA (author)2007-12-04

quote the passage that says premarital sex is a sin, go on...

dalbyman (author)theRIAA2007-12-22

HAHAHA, nicely done :D 'thou shalt not enjoy thy self'

babyboi512 (author)2007-12-22

nice legs haha

volund (author)2007-12-19

they make great water balloons too :D, just fill em in a rubber made tub and dump em off a roof at college.

hondagofast (author)2007-12-04

My grandfather invented the machine that mass-produces condoms. You better thank the Keller family. T_T

LUCCHINA (author)hondagofast2007-12-13

I do ! Your grandfather a great inventor !

mum (author)2007-12-12

I often use things like this around the house....I make super thick plasters using duck tape and kitchen paper! Duck tape is a good substitute for a plaster with a small a mount of kitchen roll in the center as a plaster on a blister!because of the super sticking powers!

idogis1 (author)2007-11-30

i think that you can officially say that condoms are the new duct tape. You can use them for anything.

rocknrollskwurl (author)idogis12007-12-06

now imagine a condom made of ductape? now that would own

Duct tape glue can become a sticky mess. Oh, wait, condoms can become full of sticky mess too. Maybe that would work... How will make an instructable about that? hehe

extratired (author)denilsonsa2007-12-07

sjeesh, stop whining dude... "I wonder what your doctor would say", "this might hurt for hairy-legged people", "this can become a sticky mess"... pfff

denilsonsa (author)extratired2007-12-07

The previous comment (about duct tape) was supposed to be a joke, as well as the comment before that one, that talked about making a condom out of duct tape. However, the question about what the doctor would say is true. I wanted to know the opinion of a doctor about this. Other guys here are also talking about restraining the blood flow, and that's a real issue. Also, I'm not sure if the lubricant could be bad for the bandage or for the injury. This, of course, is also serious, as we are talking about our health! This is why I wanted to know what a doctor thinks about this.

Spokehedz (author)denilsonsa2007-12-08

Unlubricated condoms are easily found online, and are dirt-cheap to boot. I personally use these, as I have no need for the spermicidal stuff.

As for blood restriction... Obviously, this is not a permanent solution, but just for use in the shower. How long are you taking in the shower?

If you can get your 4 fingers under the ridge, then you have enough space for blood to circulate. But, if you are still feeling concerned, just take your pulse from the Femoral Vein that is just inside the leg. If you feel the blood pumping after you put the condom on, you are okay.

But you should only be in the shower for at most 20min. That's not long enough for you to 'lose a leg' from this. And if you are going to be then use XXL condoms. They work better. Trust me.

unspecified (author)Spokehedz2007-12-11

I have to strongly disagree - if you are taking the pulse proximal to the condom tourniquet, you will feel one regardless. If you must be silly and put tight-fitting items around extremities, palpate the pulse DISTAL to the item. To the showering guy - why not just liberally apply neosporin or vaseline to the incisions?

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