6 Tips and Tricks for Bobby Pins
Get ideas from storing bobby pins to making DIYing a little easier.
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There’s no need to risk hammering a finger when working with tiny nails, or in tight quarters. A common bobby pin makes a great nail holder and keeps your fingers at a safe distance! Once the nail is started, remove the bobby pin and continue hammering away.
Use old-fashioned bobby pins to route small speaker or other wires along baseboards and other molding. Clip one end off the bobby pins so they slide easily into the gaps while holding the wire.
Anyone who uses bobby pins can tell you they disappear at an alarming rate. Keep track of them by getting a magnet and letting it attract all the pins. Or purchase this nifty magnetized holder.
Fur Filter for Dog Bathing
If you wash your dog in the bathtub or shower, you’re begging for a clogged drain. Keep fur out of the drain with a mesh-type scrubbing pad.
In a shower, clip the pad to the drain plate with a bobby pin. In a bathtub, wedge two pads under the stopper from two sides. The pads catch fur but let water flow through. Even if your dog doesn’t shed a lot, you’ll be astonished by how much this catches.
Use a Magnet Strip
Tired of having all those hair pins and barrettes scattered all over the bathroom counter? Here’s the solution: Attach a magnetic strip to the wall and stick all those accessories on it for instant organization. You can find magnet strips at most hardware stores or online.
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Store Bobby Pins in Old Pill Bottles
Don’t toss those old pill bottles! Repurpose them instead.
You can quickly lose track of your bobby pins, but an old pill bottle is a great way to store and quickly find them again. Peel off the label to see easier into the bottle so you know what’s in it. It’s also wise to keep your bobby pin and medicine bottles in different places to avoid confusion.