Introduction: Novel Use for a Condom!


Step 1: Injured?

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!

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!

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


Comments

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WILSON+CHENGB made it!(author)2015-08-19

Useful!

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alcurb made it!(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.

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16405 made it!(author)2013-03-05

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

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jongscx made it!(author)2007-12-06

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

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pyromonkey made it!(author)2011-11-18

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

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denilsonsa made it!(author)2007-12-06

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.

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altaria1993 made it!(author)2007-12-07

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

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johnny3h made it!(author)2011-03-20

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!!!!!

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jongscx made it!(author)2011-03-21

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.

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Morrighan made it!(author)2010-11-03

hahahahahahahahaha! Great!

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plzspoilme25+ made it!(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.......

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evildoctorbluetooth made it!(author)2010-05-26

 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.

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Gage987 made it!(author)2009-12-20

And know your leg is protected from STDs and having babies

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555mst555 made it!(author)2009-06-18

eeww...ur leg will get all lubed

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stephenniall made it!(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

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petuljak made it!(author)2009-03-27

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

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eriklares made it!(author)2008-06-09

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

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skwurul made it!(author)2009-02-07

Ahh, the many uses of contraceptives...

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Jake-off made it!(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

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Esmagamus made it!(author)2008-06-21

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

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Jake-off made it!(author)2008-06-22

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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Esmagamus made it!(author)2008-06-22

?

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Jake-off made it!(author)2008-06-22

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

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Esmagamus made it!(author)2008-06-22

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!

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Obsessive made it!(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. : )

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Psyha made it!(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.

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DeLorean4905 made it!(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.

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doctorbigdaddy made it!(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.

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phyzome made it!(author)2007-12-06

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

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DeLorean4905 made it!(author)2008-01-11

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

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viven made it!(author)2007-12-13

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

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LUCCHINA made it!(author)2007-12-24

Hahaha....

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Big+Beer+Man made it!(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!)

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LUCCHINA made it!(author)2008-01-06

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

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starshimmer made it!(author)2008-01-06

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

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LUCCHINA made it!(author)2008-01-06

Hehe !

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theRIAA made it!(author)2007-12-04

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

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dalbyman made it!(author)2007-12-22

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

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babyboi512 made it!(author)2007-12-22

nice legs haha

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volund made it!(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.

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hondagofast made it!(author)2007-12-04

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

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LUCCHINA made it!(author)2007-12-13

I do ! Your grandfather a great inventor !

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mum made it!(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!

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idogis1 made it!(author)2007-11-30

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

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rocknrollskwurl made it!(author)2007-12-06

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

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denilsonsa made it!(author)2007-12-06

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

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extratired made it!(author)2007-12-07

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

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denilsonsa made it!(author)2007-12-07

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.

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Spokehedz made it!(author)2007-12-08

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.

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/7152.html

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.

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unspecified made it!(author)2007-12-11

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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