Welcome to another round of Monday's Hack Stack. Today, I'm dedicating my stack to the humble rubber band. I'm pretty sure I'll never accurately track down the first person who did these hacks and I didn't invent any of this (and 99.99% of the time, neither did the person I'm citing for the image...so, there you have it).
If you posted a traditional use for rubber bands on the internet, come on, people! It's time to be brilliant and clever, not long-established, taken for granted "normal."
1. The old paint can trick.
Everybody knows this one, but it's a tip jumps out at me as one I've actually used pretty often.
Wrapping a substantial rubber band around a paint can is really useful. Everyone who paints has experienced the excessively drippy paint brush that needs tamed before you slap that wall one more time. Scrape the brush on the rubber band stretched across the center of the can. This totally does the trick.
2. Seal the chips!
Cherdo Kitchen Standard use: Extra rubber bands are excellent for sealing bagged items, like coffee or corn chips. I use this on the coffee bag I store in the freezer all the time. Roll the top of the bag down and place the rubber band on the package (top to bottom). Then pass up all the expensive plastic chip clips with an air of superiority.
3. Keep the spoon out of the bowl!
Another Cherdo use: Wrap the rubber band around the handle of a spoon to prevent it from sliding into the bowl - the most annoying utensil betrayal of all.
4. Visor keeper
This may not be useful to everyone, but if you're trying to keep track of gas receipts or brochures on a trip, wrap a rubber band or two around your visor and tuck your paperwork in for the ride.
Falling gas receipts kill thousands every year. Drivers have been pulled from the wreckage covered in paper cuts.
5. Keep that apple fresh
My friend does this. I googled it to see where the idea originated and folks, there is no way of knowing - it's official.
Slice your apple and reassemble the pieces; secure with a rubber band to prevent the apple from browning.
They're made out of the same thing, you know. Just make a ball or wrap around something. I've done this with an egg sized rock before and it works great. It was an experiment...I'm not saying I ever made a mistake...
Okay, even I'm laughing at that. I'm the typo queen.
7. Save that book
At one time or another, we've all packed up a beach bag or tote with miscellaneous items and included a book that will soon look manhandled by this transport. Wrap a rubber band around the book to keep it closed. It really helps.
Oh, and by the way....