10 Unique Uses for Rubber Bands

10 Unique Uses for Rubber Bands

Discover 10 creative and functional repurposed uses for rubber bands.

By: Rae Friis

The versatility of a rubber band goes far beyond bundling objects together. Since most of us have a bunch of them in our junk drawers, here are some ideas for putting them to good use.

1. Erase Mistakes
Make a rubber band ball by wrapping several around a golf ball or something similar, and then use it as an eraser.

2. Prevent Browning
Slice up an apple and put it back together, secured with a band, and it won’t brown! Add a rubber band to keep it together if you want to save a wholesome snack for later or are packing a lunch with apple slices.

3. Portion Control
If loved ones have a heavy hand when using products with a pump dispenser (such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hand soap), wrap a rubber band around the neck of the pump a few times to control how much comes out. You’ll end up saving some money and time at the store!

4. Tying up Loose Ends
Put one around things that can unravel, such as spools of ribbon, electrical cords or measuring tape.


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5. Lid Gripper
Ever had trouble opening a jar of pickles? Simply wrap a wide rubber band around the rim of a lid and twist. The rubber band helps grip and makes it easier to open.

6. Drink Marker
This might not work at fancy parties, but for a barbecue or some tailgating action, it’s perfect. Provide guests with colorful rubber bands so they can wrap them around their cup or beverage and keep track of which drink is theirs.

7. No More Slipping
Add a rubber band to objects that have a tendency to slip and slide around such as cutting boards or bottles of soap by the sink or shower.

8. For Book Worms
Wrap a rubber band around the cover and keep books from opening and pages from creasing. Use it as a bookmark too!

9. Mail Divider
This idea requires a little work, but is fairly simple. Start with a cabinet or shelf. Hammer two or three nails 5 inches from the side. Stretch rubber bands between the nails to keep papers or mail from falling over.

10. Paint Drip Preventer
Wrap a large rubber band, top to bottom, around an open paint can. Instead of wiping the paintbrush on the edge of the can, wipe it on the rubber band so the drips stay in the paint — mess free!

Rubber bands are so versatile! They’re a perfect way to get organized, craft and so much more. Do you have any tricks to add to the list?

Rae is a graphic designer and the creative director of Armommy.com. She spends her days working from home — usually with any one of her four lovely (and rambunctious) kids hanging on her side. She enjoys creating everyday adventures with her munchkins using ordinary things and making them extraordinary. Oh, and she also really loves clothes, chocolate, her husband, and her cell phone (in no particular order).

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I use rubber bands for partially full bags of frozen foods, rice, pasta, sugar, flour and any other item in a bag that can be rolled over then wrapped with a rubber band...endless uses!

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Rubber bands come handy in place of chip clips. Make sure they are stretchy enough not to crush what's in the bag. Just fold the bag over and wrap a rubber band around it.

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