10 Emergency Uses for Rubber Bands

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

My Dad always keeps rubber bands, and he often has a couple around his wrist when working around the house. This got me thinking that rubber bands have a lot of uses and can come in handy in an emergency.

Open a jar

The other day I was having a hard time opening a jar of mayonnaise. The lid was just so slippery and I was worried I’d accidentally break the jar before I even got to open it. Well, I found a couple of rubber bands in the junk drawer, the thick kind used to secure broccoli in the produce section. I wrapped the rubber bands around the lid and turned. It worked!

Secure your eyeglasses or sunglasses

Do your glasses keep falling off? Cut a large rubber band in half.  Tie each end to the eyeglasses’ arms securely.


Seal an open potato chip bag, or a frozen vegetable bag. You can also use it to keep a mini first aid kit such as an Altoids tin shut.

Organize items

Secure pens, pencils together and keep your office supply drawer organized. You can also use it to secure like items together in your tool box.

Strap gear to your bag or backpack

Use a rubber band to secure gear on the outside of your bag such as a flashlight, multi-tool etc.

Keep things folded

Secure rope, Christmas lights or cords together with a rubber band.

Hair tie

Secure a ponytail or braids with a rubber band. Just be careful, because it will tangle up some hairs in the process.


If you have a slippery tool such as a hammer or wrench, wrap a few rubber bands around the handle to improve the grip.

Control a pump dispenser

Keep your soap or lotion dispenser thrifty by winding a rubber band around the stem to keep it from dispensing too much.

Secure your sleeves or pants legs

If you are trying to keep your sleeves or pants legs secure to protect your skin against ticks and other creepy crawlies, use rubber bands to secure the cloth.

Thinking of ways to reuse and re-purpose things is fun and frugal as well. These are just a few of my favorite uses for rubber bands. Please share yours in the comments.

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