Home & Garden Home 19 Clever Uses for Rubber Bands By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated October 11, 2018 ErikaMitchell / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Natural Cleaning Pest Control DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating Whether you call it a binder, elastic, lackey band, laggy band, lacka band or gumband, all we can say is blessed be the rubber band. We have Stephen Perry to thank for the ubiquitous rubber latex loops – in 1845, Perry patented the use of india rubber for use as springs in bands, belts, et cetera, and also the design for elastic bands by slicing sizes of vulcanized india rubber tube. Perry invented the rubber band to hold papers and envelopes together, but its uses have multiplied into untold applications. Which is good, because most of us have rubber bands coming out of our ears. They sneak their way into our homes via bundles of mail and the newspaper, bunches of produce and cut flowers. And then they seem to multiply, like rabbits, in the junk drawer. So what to use them for? They're not as sleek a hack as binder clips, and they don't have the same repair integrity as duct tape, but they are the perfect in-a-pinch solution to many problems: Think: Providing the simplest means for an easy fix that might otherwise deem an item unusable. Aside from that, they are genius for storage and organizing, they can be a wonderfully irreverent craft material, and they're just a good all-around little helper. There are as many ways to use a rubber band as your mind will conceive, but here are 19 right off the bat. 1. Prevent a Sliced Apple from Browning © Melissa Breyer 2. Make a Makeshift Tripod Flickr/Ric e Ette 3. Turn Regular Jeans into Maternity Pants Flickr/reebob 4. Wrap Around a Hose to Seal Small Leaks Flickr/Just_Ice. 5. Create a Gripper to Conquer Stuck Lids © Melissa Breyer 6. Keep Books Closed in Your Bag Elodie Giuge / Getty Images 7. Tame the Wily Measuring Tape Flickr/Unhindered by Talent 8. Craft a Statement Necklace See how to make a rubber band chain necklace here, and for more inspiration look at these incredible creations. 9. Keep Ribbons from Unspooling © Melissa Breyer 10. Make a Rubber (Band) Duck Flickr/ jdsmith1021 Online rubber band duck tutorials are far and few between (read: nonexistent) but for you crafty ones, this crocheted duck how-to is as good a place as any to start. 11. Tie-Dye Easter Eggs Flickr/James Britton For rubber band egg dying, see this step-by-step tutorial. 12. Improvise an Impromptu Wrist Strap Capt Kodak 13. Keep Bags and Packages Sealed © Melissa Breyer 14. Portion Control Pump Products (Especially Good for Kids who Can't Get Enough) Flickr/chilsta 15. Hang Fliers Without Tape or Adhesives Flickr/Eric Fischer 16. Make a Rubber Band Ball (That Can Double as an Eraser) Andy Roberts / Getty Images See the how-to (with video) here. 17. Prevent your Cutting Board from Slipping 18. Force a Long-Exposure on a Vintage Camera Flickr/imwearingcons 19. Keep Tack of Treasures Marion de Man / Getty Images Have more uses for rubber bands? Let us know in the comments.