20 Home Hacks: Hangers, Rubber Bands and Cardboard Tubes
Check out these 20 brilliant ways to use hangers, rubber bands and cardboard tubes around your home.
Hanger Magazine Rack
Create a quick magazine rack for your bathroom or bedroom using a hanger. Place the magazines on the horizontal bar of the hanger; then hang it on a drawer pull or cabinet knob for reading material at the ready.
Simple DIY Vacuum Extension
To make it easier to clean hard to reach spots use a left over wrapping paper tube as a vacuum cleaner extension. Now you have 3 extra feet to clean ceiling fans and cobwebbed corners.
Use a Rubber Band to Grip Stripped Screws
We’ve all stripped a couple of screws in our day. And it normally isn’t a big setback until you need to unscrew it, that is. So the next time you’re in this situation, try a rubber band for a screw grip.
Rubber Band and Paperclip Binder
Store small extension cords neatly with this simple office supply hack: Attach a paperclip to a small rubber band. Then wrap the rubber band around the bundled cord and clasp the paperclip onto the rubber band again. No more tangled extension cords!
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Bubble Wrap® Hanger Hack
Try this hanger hack for crease-free dress pants: Cut a piece of Bubble Wrap® that’s about 12 in. long; wrap it around the bottom bar of a hanger and secure it with tape. Hang your dress pants on the pad and in your closet. Next time you reach for them, they’re ready to wear—no ironing required!
Hands-Free Light Hack
Make a hands-free light in a snap with a flashlight, a pair of pliers and a rubber band. Place the flashlight in the jaws of the pliers; then wrap a rubber band around the handles of the pliers. That’s it! Point the light wherever you need it.
Organize Small Cords with Toilet Paper Rolls
To keep small cords organized, try this handy hint: Fill a shoe box with as many empty toilet paper rolls that will fit vertically; then place a single small cord in each tube. It’ll keep your cords free of tangles and in one place.
Rubber Band Clamps
You can buy special woodworking clamps to hold hardwood edging in place until the glue sets, but they’re expensive and you won’t use them often. Instead of buying specialty clamps, you can modify some of your spring clamps instead. Grab a few rubber bands and presto—instant edge clamps. These clever clamp storage tips help keep your workshop organized.
DIY Nonslip Hangers
No more rewashing clothes because they fall off of hangers and onto the floor! Rather than go out and buy expensive specialty hangers, simply apply a bead of hot glue to the top arms of your existing hanger and let it dry completely. The rubber-like dried glue will keep your clothes in place, even when you’re in a rush and can’t decide what to wear.
Paper Towel Boot Shaper
Insert one or two empty paper towel rolls inside each of your tall boots to help them keep their shape while in storage. When tall boots are back in season, you won’t have to spend time ironing out creases.
Break Out a Rubber Band
Wrap a rubber band around the bottle cap crown and start twisting. The cap should pop off in a little while.
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DIY Tiered Hangers
Short on space? Use a lightweight piece of chain to stagger hanging clothing in tall closets to maximize space. Just loop the first link of the chain over the first hanger, and hang subsequent hangers on every other links after. Hang up to six shirts for the rod space of one. Want to get into a closet project? Build your own melamine closet storage system here.
Toilet Paper Roll Hair Band Organizer
Keep elastic hair bands in one place—not scattered in drawers or in the bathroom sink or all over the floor. Slide them onto an empty toilet paper roll, which can then be neatly tucked into a drawer. The small cardboard tube keeps the circular hair accessories organized yet still easily accessible.
Hands-Free Door Trick
Need to go in and out the same door a bunch of times while carrying stuff? To keep the door from latching shut, I loop a rubber band around one doorknob or handle, then twist it once and loop it around the other knob. The rubber band holds the latch in. Now if the door closes, I can push it back open with my body whenever my hands are full.
— Nick Paone
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Pool Noodle Hanger Hack
Use a pool noodle to prevent creases in your dress pants! First, cut the noodle to size; then slice it open lengthwise. Slip the noodle onto the bottom bar of the hanger and drape your dress pants over the noodle. No need to iron out a crease before you can wear your dress pants!
Paper Towel Cord Storage
Give empty paper towel rolls new life as cord wranglers. Fold small extension cords neatly before slipping them into their own individual storage sleeve. You can even label the cords by writing on the cardboard.
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Rubber-Band Bolt Holder
Mechanics often use special magnetic inserts in sockets to prevent the bolt from falling out while they try to thread it into a tight spot. You don’t need to waste money on those gadgets. Simply cut a rubber band into strips and lay a strip across the opening of the socket. Then insert the bolt head. The rubber band will wedge the bolt head in the socket, allowing you to start threading without losing the bolt.
Paper Towel Roll Hanger Hack
Make a hanger for storing your dress pants crease-free. Use scissors to cut open an empty paper towel roll. Slip the tube over the horizontal bar of the hanger and tape the opening closed. That’s it—no need to purchase expensive padded hangers!
Toilet Paper Roll Wrapping Paper Sleeve
This hint will save you from wasting wrapping paper each time you bring it out of storage. Rather than sticking a piece of tape along the loose edge, cut an empty toilet paper tube lengthwise and wrap it around a roll of wrapping paper. Cinch it up and secure the sleeve with a piece of tape. Next time you use the wrapping, you may rip the sleeve when removing it, but your wrapping paper will remain intact.
Office Supply Hanger Hack
All you need to turn your existing plastic, metal or wood hanger into clothes-gripping nonslip hanger is a couple of rubber bands. Just wrap a rubber band around each side of the hanger. It helps to twist it around at least two times and spread it out. That’s it! Instant clothes-gripping hanger.