"Crack the Hack" Extra: Fun With Rubber Bands


Here are nine rubber band hacks that I took to the test! ~Tracy

1. Keep the door from locking.

I was a little fearful the rubber band would snap, but it did not and sufficiently held the lock in, so that I could open and close the door with ease. Grade: Pass

2. Open jars and nail polish with ease.

This worked like a charm and did not burn my hands. Grade: Pass

3. Make training chopsticks.

Kind of worked, but had to position the rolled up paper towel just right or it would slide out. I can’t see a kid learning to use chopsticks easily like this. Grade: Cracked!

4. Keep blouses from sliding off hangers. 

Yes! Grade: Pass

5. Turn pages with ease.

Other than the band being a little too tight at first, this really worked. I hate licking a finger to turn a page, this is much more sanitary! Grade: Pass

6. Hold a teabag in place.

Worked perfectly! Hate when the teabag falls to the bottom of the hot teacup. Grade: Pass

7. A cell phone holder for the car.

This was nearly impossible to thread through the vent as shown, despite it holding the phone in place quite well. Grade: Cracked!

8. Keep a spoon from sliding into a bowl.

Love it! Grade: Pass

9. Get excess paint off a brush.

Please excuse the rusty paint can. This is actually quite genius. No dripping down the outside of the can, but be careful removing, I did splash some paint on my shoes! Grade: Pass

Episode 1: fill a bucket, remove paint, shine shoes

Episode 2: separate eggs, untangle chains, clean up powder 

Episode 3: thread a needle, remove permanent marker, get gum out of hair

Episode 4: seal a cup, polish wood, charge a cell phone

Episode 5: slice onions sans tears, blow up balloons without blowing, split a watermelon without a knife

Episode 6: Camping Edition: make a lantern, waterproof shoes, use Doritos as a fire starter

Episode 7: de-stem strawberries, clean a grill without chemicals, make a cheap AC unit

Episode 8: peel garlic without touching it, juice a lemon without cutting it, open wine with a torch!

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