08/14/2012 12:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Uses For Rubber Bands Beyond The Office

Rubber bands are the unsung heroes of the workplace, offering an easy way to keep giant file folders and other random papers bundled together. For most people, that might be the only job for these lowly office supplies. But there are a bunch of new uses for rubber bands--here are just a few of my favorites.

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Or, make a rubber band ball. Flickr photo by Mykl Roventine

So, your cat or dog has discovered a new favorite toy: The roll of toilet paper in your bathroom. To keep paws from unrolling the tissue, simply place a rubber band around the roll. When you need a square or two, simply slide off the band.

Lid Opener
If that jar of pickles won't yield to your strength, grab a rubber band. It'll give you a little extra grip. Stretch it around the sides of the lid, then open the jar.

Candle Stabilizer
Sometimes a taper won't quite fit in its holder. But a rubber band can make up for the difference. Just wind it around the base of the candle and then pop it back into the holder for a lean-free result.

Paint Brush Scraper
Because a little too much paint will lead to a mess on your walls. Stretch a band so it bisects the top of the open can, then use to wipe the excess paint from your brush.

Bottle Grip
To get a better handle on slippery shampoo, conditioner and body wash, just slide a rubber band around the bottles. Rubber is waterproof, so the makeshift handles will deftly stand up to the wet conditions of a shower.

What are your favorite other uses for rubber bands? Share them in the comments!

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