Uses for Rubber Bands

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Rubber bands are helpful for a variety of things around the home and garden. This page contains uses for rubber bands.


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To keep tools from slipping in your hands, wrap those free rubber bands that come on vegetables or newspapers around the handle. It really makes for a good grip and sure a lot cheaper than the liquid you can buy for the purpose.

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Open boxes of partly used frozen foods can be a bit of a nuisance in the freezer. They become a difficult shape for storage as one end becomes flattened. Also food can fall out. Taking just one minute to fetch an elastic band and wrap it around the box to keep everything properly in place will save time and frustration later.

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My fresh veggies at the grocery store often come with nice reusable rubber bands binding the produce. I save them and one helpful way I use them is: Slip them on your refillable drinking bottles/mugs. The metal sometimes gets slippery and this is the gripper and free at that.


Also, if more than one of you have the same bottle/mug (such as gifts, premiums) it is a way to know whose is whose! I also put the rubber band on my granddaughter's sippy cup to assist in the same way. She is less apt to drop it (church, etc) when her grip is firm, too! I just put the cup/mug into dishwasher and it stays on fine.

Source: Stood at the sink one day thinking.

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I've found that the small heavy rubber bands that come on bunches of Broccoli work perfectly to 'hold' the end of your tooth paste tube when you start to roll it up.

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Single people, elderly, and disabled need not fear jars and bottles again. Also great for gripping doorknobs.


Wrap one or more rubber bands around the cap. Wrap one or more rubber bands around the bulk of the product.

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We keep all rubberbands that come into the house (on newspapers, vegetables, etc.) in a basket in the kitchen. We use these to hold bags closed - chips, rice, sugar, anything that can be kept in its original bag.

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If you put two or three rubber bands on a child's cup you can prevent them from spilling drinks. The bands make it easier for them to hold it when the outside of the cup gets wet.

Rubberbands on Cups

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I have tons of colored rubber bands from my daughter's old loom collection. I decided to decorate my writing pens with them. They also make good grips for writing.

A pen with colorful rubber bands wrapped around it.

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December 2, 2014

I use those big thick rubber bands from vegetables for use on shower pipes to stop shower caddies sliding off of the shower pipe that holds the shower head. Works great!

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September 26, 2017

It is illegal to use a cellphone, without using it hands-free, in many states. Save yourself an expensive ticket with a simple rubber band.


Using a rubber band as car cellphone holder is a great frugal hands-free device.

A cellphone in a car, being held by a rubber band.

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April 3, 2018

Try this thrifty fix for a cutting board that slips around on your kitchen counter while you are trying to prepare food. This is a page about using rubber bands to prevent a cutting board from shifting.

Placing rubber bands on the sides of a cutting board.

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October 14, 2017

To keep your clothes from sliding off hangers, you can use rubber bands. This is a page about using rubber bands on clothing hangers.

A black top hung on a clothes hangar with rubber bands.

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May 20, 2009

Do you buy lettuce, broccoli and other vegetables in the supermarket? If so, you probably have noticed that some distributors wrap their vegetables with a green Velcro-like band. Well, save those bands! They make perfect ties for staking tall annuals, perennials and vegetable plants in your garden this summer. The best part is that you can adjust the size of the tie very easily as the plant grows, so you never have to worry that it's too tight. And as a bonus, they're green, so they blend right in to nature's color scheme.


By Lydia from Woodbridge, CT

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