10 Top Ways to Recycle Rubber Bands


Okay, I know you probably have dozens of ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose rubber bands. I know I do. My weirdest way was to use a bunch as bracelets to a picnic when I couldn’t find any bangles to match my dress. Weird because a lot of folks asked me where I bought them!! Should I have told them that they came with my asparagus?

Oh, and I once made my daughter a ball from a bunch that I had saved. It really bounced, too! Anyway, here’s a summary of some ideas that you might not have thought of.

Tie-dye is back. The seventies may be long gone but a tie-dye project can rehabilitate those ho-hum t-shirts.

Water leak protector. Wind a thick rubber band around a water leak in a garden hose, or thin pipe, to make a temporary repair. Stretch it as tightly as possible.

Act as a reminder. Wrap a rubber band around a specific page in your planner (and also around the front cover to prevent bending) or around your wrist as a reminder to get something done.

Pencil eraser. In a pinch, fold a rubber band in half a few times and use it to erase pencil markings.

Keep extension cords and cable wires Untangled. Wrap a rubber band around these to keep organized in a drawer. If the cables are for your computer, add a label to each band to keep track of where it goes.

Save on soap. Put a rubber band around the neck of pump-style soap dispensers to limit the amount of soap dispensed per pump.

Draw a straight line. Stretch a rubber band out and trace that perfectly straight line.

Keep a sliced apple fresh. A little strange, yes. Slice and apple into wedges. Place all the wedges back together and wrap a clean rubber band around them so the apple looks whole again. It will keep the apple wedges from browning about 50% longer than because very little oxygen can get in.

Temporary wallet. If you’ve misplaced your wallet use a rubber band around your cash and credit cards until you find it.

Handy grip. Wrap several rubber bands around the end of a hammer to keep it from slipping as you bash away. Works also for gripping a paint roller.

For more gripping ideas for recycling or reusing rubber bands, check out more on Recycle Eh?.