If you’re a subscriber to the Lewiston Tribune or Moscow-Pullman Daily News, then you either throw away those green rubber bands or, like me, save them in a drawer and no doubt end up with a large unwieldy stash of the things.Inland 360 writer Michelle Schmidt said her family does the same and said she wonders about alternate uses for them. So here is an exhaustive and scientific list on ways to reuse those green rubber bands.
1. Bring them back to either the Tribune or Daily News so our newspaper carriers can reuse them.
2. Make a giant rubber band ball. Bouncy fun for the whole family.
3. Initiate a rubber band war. With your co-workers, siblings, friends, roommates — it doesn’t even matter. Just don’t forget to build a bunker.
4. Organize your wires. Make that entertainment center a little less messy.
5. Keep chip bags closed. Who needs clips when you’ve got bands?
6. Be an artist. Stretch the bands over canvas then paint. Or re-use them in any number of rubber band-related craft projects. Be creative.
7. Baby-proof a cupboard. Stretch a band between cabinet knobs to lock them in place.
8. Bookmark your novel. Just slide it over one side of the book to keep your place.
9. Make a mafia wallet. Wrap it around your giant wad of cash and fuggetaboutit.
10. Economize your soap. Wrap it several times around the neck of a pump dispenser to control how much liquid comes out.
11. Go hands-free. Secure that phone to your head (in lieu of a headset) or wrist (for an iWatch effect) with a rubber band.
12. Baby-, kitty- or doggy-proof your toilet paper. Keep those small hands and paws from unraveling the roll by wrapping a band around it.
13. Wipe your paint brush. Stretch the rubber band vertically across a paint can so part of it is stretched across the opening.
14. Create your own. Come up with a genius rubber band reuse idea and send it to me along with a photo. Maybe we’ll feature you online or in a future listicle and you’ll become famous.
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