1. Chip Clip
I hate those store-bought chip clips. They are either too awkward to use, or the springs break after just a few uses. Rather than waste my money, I use binder clips. Binder clips keep my bags of rolled up snacks tightly closed—and they are super sturdy so I don't have to worry about them breaking.
2. Sponge Stand
It sounds weird, but you can use binder clips to keep your sponges from getting all smelly and waterlogged. After using the sponge, just wring it out and clip a large binder clip onto the bottom of it. Stand it up on the wire arms of the binder clip and allow it to air dry.
3. DIY Wallet
1. Tube Roller
Use a pencil to squeeze the last drops out of almost any product in a tube. Just lay your pencil across the bottom of the tube and press down as you roll the tube up and around the pencil. Keep rolling until you get all of the product out. I've used this technique on toothpaste, decorative icing, ointments and creams.
2. Earring Rescue
Ever lose the back of your earring when you are at work or at a restaurant? When you are in a pinch, just snap off part of the eraser on your pencil and use it like an earring back. This also works on tack pins.
3. Scuff Remover
Use a pencil to get rid of scuff marks on almost any surface, including your tile floors and shoes. Just turn your pencil over and use the rubber eraser to scrub away any blemishes.
1. Zipper Replacement
No matter how expensive and well-constructed my toddler's coats are, the zipper is usually the first thing to go. Rather than spending $20 or more getting the zipper pull replaced (because frankly, I know my daughter will outgrow the coat in just a few months, anyway), I just hooked a fancy paper clip that matched the color of her coat onto the zipper pull. The paper clip worked just as well as a zipper—and was big enough for my daughter to pull up and down on her own.
2. Door Key
Do you have a bathroom door that has one of those locks with a small hole in the doorknob? If you somehow manage to lock yourself out of the bathroom—or have young kids that lock themselves in—you can use a paper clip as a key! Just stretch out the paper clip until it’s straight, and stick one end into the hole in the doorknob. You might have to jiggle it a bit, but this should release the lock so you can get inside the room again.
3. Emergency Hem
Don't freak out if you're in the middle of an important meeting at work and the hem of your pants suddenly comes undone. Just paper clip the loose hem back in place until you get home.
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