6 Uses for Hair Ties (or Rubber Bands)




Introduction: 6 Uses for Hair Ties (or Rubber Bands)

Hair ties are cheap and plentiful.  Pair them with any number of household objects for lifehacks galore!

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Step 1: Cable Management Pt. 1

Some of us carry miles of charge cables.  Hitch a hair tie to each of your cables and leave it there.  When it's time to wrap it up, it's right there, ready and waiting.

Step 2: Cable Management Pt. 2: Hair Tie + Paper Clip

Hitch a hair tie to the long edge of a paper clip (a keyring could work for this, too).  This simple contraption can snap on, and off a handful of cords faster and easier than velcro ties, or string.  The paper clip locks the hair tie in place.

Step 3: Instant Changeroom Hook: Hair Tie + Carabiner

I get changed for my bicycle commute in this storage room.  This makeshift "hook" helps me keep my stuff off the floor.  (The carabiner would be a fine hook on its' own, but the hair tie makes it more versatile, for weird spots like this)

Step 4: Third Hand: Hair Tie + Binder Clip

The mighty binder clip can do even more when it's paired with a hair tie.  Here it is, holding a cookbook, and also locking my bike basket in place.

Step 5: A Place to Hang Your Hat: Hair Tie + Binder Clip

The gym (or the park, or the beach) doesn't always have a place for a hat.  Rather than smashing my hat into my bag, I clip it to the side.  Pictured: a binder clip, lashed to my backpack's grab handle, with a hair tie.

Step 6: Purse Caddy: Hair Tie + Whatever

A hair tie on a purse strap is a quiet, unobtrusive way to keep commonly used things (like housekeys,) close at hand.

Step 7: BONUS! Hair Tie!

...or you could use it as a hair tie.  But that would just be silly.

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    2 years ago

    SPORTS WATCH STRAP BAND: The little strap band on my plastic 'sports' watches ALWAYS wears out/breaks - often 6 mos. to a year, before the life of the watch is over. One day I asked my wife did she have anything she could think of that might substitute. Black hair ties have proven to last at least 2x as long as the plastic strap bands. I only had one to wear out (lost its stretch); the few others, must have slid off the watch. (maybe once in 6 months or so). If you look closely, it looks a bit funky, but it actually blends pretty well. No one has ever stopped me (and my family & friends WOULD!) and indicated they noticed.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hold your helmet--motorcycle in my case---trailing strap ends--those annoying beat-you-in-the-face ends---folded neatly back--loop hair tie over one end of strap, fold over the loose ends, scoot hair tie over until tight.

    Tired of charger cords forever falling to the floor as soon as they are unplugged? No more! Gently make a bend on cord--do not crimp--and use hair tie to hold the loop. Then either loop over what ever is handy nearby or use a small carabiner to hang it from---I use a basket for oddball stuff next to my bed and have some "S" hooks on there for this sort of stuff but the 'biner keeps the cord where I want it to STAY.

    Emergency zipper pulls

    Emergency snugger-upper for motorcycle cup holder whose elastic stretched and showered the poor guy behind me with a hard plastic "go cup" of iced coffee at 70mph.

    Stuffie collars for the kiddies

    The larger flat elastic ones--more a head band than a tie---come in handy for use as backless shoe straps. Some of us can't wear backless shoes yet there they are---the perfect shoe except for NO BACK. Fit 'em and do a few stitches with either matching thread or fishing line and good to go.

    If you need to move something and the thing keeps sliding wrap some hair ties around whatever part you can and butt the other part up to it---should hold for most normal uses.

    Temp holding of any odd shaped parts you need to glue or cut. And good to hold glued parts until they set---much easier than tape or string.

    No one should EVER go out without a supply!!!!

    Anything loose that if larger would use a bungie can be held steady with a hair tie.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The rubber band first showed up in London in 1845, when a business person Stephen Perry took out the patent to them. Since that time, they have become a common staple in virtually every office and home. But the flexible little loops of rubber have a multitude of uses beyond combining papers and tying back hair. Below we have outlined some of them, Some unexpected uses for rubber bands – Part 1.