Since February is Condom Awareness Month, now is a great time to drop the taboo and become acquainted with this stretchy sexual intercourse protector.
Did you know that there's plenty of uses for this popular prophylactic outside the bedroom? These small, stretchy, impervious sheaths are perfect for a wide variety of applications, from waterproofing your gear to propelling projectiles. While some of the ideas here are silly, and some are serious, they will all need a non-lubricated condom (lubricated condoms will just make a mess).
Follow along as we explore 12 unusual uses for condoms. Make sure to share your own unusual use in the comments below for a free Pro Membership.
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Step 1: Jar Opener
Stubborn jar won't open? Why not try stretching an non-lubricated condom over the jar lid and give it a twist. The latex condom will aid in friction between your sweaty palms and the slippery lid. Just make sure to remove the condom before serving up jam for your guests.
Step 2: Elastic Bands
Unroll a non-lubricated condom completely, then carefully cut it along its width to create rings.
To prevent the rings from breaking when stretched you'll need to ensure you cuts are straight and have no ragged edges, which with where the elastic will snap. Cut in one swift motion along the condom, and make sure the latex is not bunched when cutting.
By varying the distance between cuts you can make thick or thin elastics. They're surprisingly strong and are a great way to quickly get 20 elastics at once for keeping cables and cords nicely managed.
Step 3: Water Vessel
I'm sure many have filled a condom with water as the finishing move in a water balloon fight. Something you probably realized is that condoms are incredibly elastic and can hold a lot of water by volume. However, they are thin and fragile.
Condoms can be reinforced with a sock and can be used to carry water safely. Next time you're camping and don't have a way to carry water back to camp, think about maybe trying this trick. Condom into sock, water into condom.
I got just under 2 liters into this condom.
Step 4: Cold Pack
Sprained ankle or sore neck? A frozen water filled condom can be just the thing in a pinch.
Fill up a condom with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water, tie a knot in the end and stick in the freezer. This will leave the cold pack malleable and able to contour to wherever you put it.
Step 5: Cooking With Condoms
Stick your meatloaf inside a condom. Or, any other food you'd like to reheat. Though the human body is warm, and can get warmer during condom activities, it's not advised to put the condom in water temperatures above 100ºF (38ºC). Think of it more like a sous vide rather than a boiling bag.
Unroll a non-lubricated condom completely, then stuff your cooked meat and other bits into the condom, then top off with sauce. Set a pot of water on the stove until boiling, once boiling turn heat down to low. Having the temperature too hot will cause the condom to burst, spilling your saucy meat.
Step 6: Slingshot Shooter
Personal protection can mean a lot of things, with condoms it can work both as a prophylactic and a powerful candy shooter.
Simply cut the bottom from a paper coffee cup and stretch the end on an unrolled condom over the cup bottom. Hold onto the bottom edge of the condom to prevent it from rolling off, and stuff the condom inside the cup. Then load up a candy into the mouth of the open condom and pull back on the tip and fire your load across the room. Careful not to get this in anyone's face or eyes, it can hurt.
Step 7: Balloon Animals
It's always a party when you open a condom, and nothing says party more than balloon animals (except maybe confetti). Making a balloon animal is easy with condoms, as they inflate really large and can withstand the shear stress from twisting them into shapes. Using an non-lubricated and unused condom, unroll and blow up. You'll want the condom almost completely full of air, but not so full that you can't twist it into shapes.
I twisted one condom into three equal sections, then twisted two of the sections together to make three spherical shapes. After I used a marker to draw on a face with whiskers to make a mouse. Dot helped me blow up some balloons and even made a duck.
Step 8: Waterproof Electronics
Condoms also make great moisture protection for electronics. Condoms can stretch over most smartphones and other electronics, then tied tightly to make them waterproof. I was able to use the capacitive touch screen with this phone through the condom, and even when it was underwater!
Step 9: Waterproof Bandages
Next time you use a bandage on your arm or leg and need to take a shower consider using condom to keep your wound dry.
Apply bandage as normal. Unroll and cut the tip off a non-lubricated condom, then stretch condom over arm or leg until it's completely over the bandage. The condom will form a tight waterproof seal around the appendage and keep the bandage dry.
Step 10: rifle Barrel Protector
Gun owners are a tidy and finicky bunch; they love their firearms and want to keep them in top working order. A few friends who hunt shared with me their tip for keeping their rifles dry when hunting in inclement weather is to wrap a condom over the barrel. Condoms can stretch over almost any barrel type, even this large bore shotgun with a magazine tube.
The condom will keep your firearm dry and free from dirt entering the barrel. The best part is that you can just shoot right through the condom.
Next time you're out hunting big game, bring protection - things could get messy.
Step 11: Fishing Bobber
Nearby a fishing hole without a bobber? Maybe you were skiing out of bounds and have a survival ski pole with fishing equipment, or maybe you're just a lazy fisherman who only packs half the required gear.
If you're ever caught with your pants down without a fishing bobber, an inflated condom can do in a pinch. Inflate the condom halfway, then tie onto your fishing line for an impromptu inflatable fishing friend.
You might get some weird looks, but they'll all admire your skills when you pull a large mouth bass from the lake.
Step 12: Fruit Saver
Halfway through eating a tasty fruit and need to save it for later? A non-lubricated condom may not be ideal, but like plastic wrap it can certainly save your fruit from oxidizing and turning brown.
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