9 Surprising Ways to Use Rubber Bands in the Kitchen

published Dec 14, 2019
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If you’ve ever grabbed a rogue rubber band to seal a bag in your pantry, then you know how useful office supplies can be in the kitchen. Rubber bands are an easy (and thrifty) way to keep your food from getting stale when you don’t have a clip on hand, but that’s not all they’re good for!

Here are a few of the most creative (and helpful) uses for rubber bands in your kitchen.

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1. Make spacers on your rolling pin.

When you’re rolling out cookie or pie dough, you can use rubber bands as DIY spacers! For more even dough thickness, add a few extra rubber bands on either side of the pin.

2. Organize recipes.

Use a recipe file box with index cards? Keep your recipes organized by separating categories with rubber bands wrapped around the box — and to go the extra mile, categorize by color!

3. Regulate your soap dispenser.

Whether you have little ones who take too much soap or just want to be a bit more thrifty, you can reduce the amount of soap that comes out with each pump by wrapping a rubber band around the neck.

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4. Keep your cutting board in place.

If you’re chopping something, you definitely don’t want the cutting board slipping around. Keep the board in place by putting rubber bands on both ends before you cut!

5. Label a jar.

A large rubber band secured around a jar can make a great makeshift label — and it will be far easier to remove than something sticky!

6. Keep your trash bag in place.

To prevent your garbage bag from slipping down into the can, get a large rubber band, pull the top of the bag over the can, and secure the band over the outside. 

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7. Keep apple slices fresh.

Keep your apples fresh and juicy after chopping by putting the pieces back together and securing them with a rubber band. This trick is perfect if you’re packing lunch for a little one and want to prep ahead of time! 

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8. Open a jar.

A thick rubber band around the lid of a jar can help when you’re struggling to open something — just put the rubber band around the lid, grip, and turn the lid!

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9. Keep spoons in place when you’re cooking.

Prevent a mess on the stovetop or counter by using a rubber band around your stirring spoon. Just secure a rubber band on the spoon’s handle, wherever it hits the rim of the bowl, and it will stand tall when you’re not using it!

Do you have any other smart uses for rubber bands in the kitchen? Share them in the comments below!