Snappy ways to store rubber bands
Rubber bands can be a messy nuisance if simply tossed in a drawer. They’re easy to organize in a plastic storage bag, jar or other small container. You can make a rubber band ball or hang them on a spare shower curtain ring. If you use office supplies often, try a muffin tin to hold rubber bands and other small office supplies so they’re easily accessible and can be placed on your desk or in your desk drawer. The first reader tip has another idea.
ORGANIZING RUBBER BANDS:
The produce section of our grocery stores bundles broccoli, spinach, kale, etc., by wrapping them in strong, thick blue rubber bands. I save the rubber bands and wrap them around an empty paper towel roll and keep this in our kitchen odds and ends drawer (a.k.a. junk drawer). When we need a rubber band, we know exactly where they are. — S. Smith, e-mail
Here’s a tip for fitting it into a roast pan without tearing it. Turn your pan upside down and fit the aluminum foil to the outside of the pan. Then turn it right side up and gently fit the formed foil to the inside of the pan. I always use foil inside my roasting pans, there’s nothing more discouraging to me than cooking a great meal with a lot of cleanup. — Ramona, Massachusetts
EASIER HANDLING OF LARGE, FITTED SHEETS:
Fasten a small safety pin to the two top corners of the sheet. Makes locating the corners easier to identify for folding and putting on the bed. — Rhea R., e-mail
I paint and use a tube wringer to get all the paint out of my tubes. I also use it regularly on toothpaste and eye gel tubes. It is amazing how much more you can squeeze out of a tube with a wringer when you think the tube is empty! I opted for the sturdy metal wringer opposed to the plastic one. — Lynn, e-mail
METAL 3-TIER PRODUCE BASKET:
A hanging tiered basket would work well by the laundry to hold unmatched socks, laundry samples, stain stix, and other laundry-related items. — Janelle, e-mail
I store my sugar in a large plastic pitcher with a lid with a flip spout. It is easy to pour, or I can remove the lid, and there’s plenty of room if I prefer to scoop with a measuring cup. — Ginny, e-mail
SECOND USE FOR LONE SOCKS:
I wanted to share two ways my family uses single socks.
— To carry water bottles while out for a walk or hike. There is enough extra at the top to keep a good grip.
— And, when my 15-month-old grandson burned his hand and needed bandages around his whole hand, he was constantly pulling off the gauze wrapping, until my daughter put a whole sock over his hand, and pulled his long sleeve over the top of the sock. He was baffled and left the sock in place! — Jane S., Pennsylvania
PAPER TOWEL ALTERNATIVE:
I use staining pads (foam rubber sponges covered in terrycloth). I buy them 24 at a time from the local hardware store. I use two of these at a time. One is for “goopy” messes on the counters and the other for washing dishes. I replace them with another set daily. I also use a cloth dish towel. It is replaced with a new one, daily. — Judi D., New Hampshire