I've got tons of hair ties laying around—my go-to are Goody Ouchless without the metal band. They come in packages of 37 and upwards, but they still seem to always disappear. If you have long hair, I know you hear me on this.
So I'm constantly buying new packages and picking up plain single ties at the gym. I tend to keep one on my wrist at all times. One night, when I couldn't seem to find a proper chip clip for a bag of almonds, I used my spare. Not my finest moment of adulthood, but it got the job done. Which got me to thinking—what else could one of these be used for? Around the same time, pro organizer Jamie Hord of Horderly Professional Organizing reached out with some ideas of her own. Between her hacks, a little brainstorming of my own and some blog stalking, I bring you the best ways to use a hair tie to get your life together in a bunch of different ways.
1. Take the Wobble out of Taper Candles
I've seen my mother tip a lit candle and use a few drops of hot wax to anchor a pair of tapers into candle holders. And sure, there are also rubber candle grippers you can buy that do the same thing. But why not wrap a hair tie around a taper a few times instead? It works—trust me!
2. Anchor a Bouquet
Thinner types are probably better for this, but you know how pre-made grocery store blooms tend to be tied at their bottoms with rubber bands? After you cut stems down, replace that band with a hair tie for something a little gentler on the flowers. A lot of people get rid of the band altogether, but I find arrangements, especially ones in wider vases, look better when held together this way.
3. Make Products Last Longer
Hord has another way to utilize the wrap method I tried on my candles—on a bottle of nice hand soap. "Wrap your hair tie around the neck of the pump so that you're using less soap per pump," says Hord. You could also do the same thing with lotion, hand sanitizer, or dish soap.
4. Tame Your Gift Wrapping Materials
When you use tape to secure rolls of gift wrap and ribbons, it tends to ruin a little bit of your supply. Hair ties, Hord says, won't have the same damaging effect. You can also use one to tidy up a stack of greeting cards, too, I mean, if you buy way too many of the dollar ones at Trader Joe's. Guilty.
5. Work Your Wine Service
Thinner, different colored elastics looped around wine glass stems can function like wine charms to help you identify drinks. For Hord, a clean, thicker style makes a good catch for wine drips when you pour. Darker styles are obviously better for this, especially if you're drinking red.
6. Prevent Lost Laundry
I put my socks into a mesh bag when I wash and dry them so they don't disappear. But I've read about fastening pairs together with a hair tie instead. I'm curious to see if pairs will stay together in regular cycles.
7. Control Your Cords
"Messy cords are one of many pro organizers' biggest pet peeves," says Hord. No need to purchase those overpriced velcro strips. "Simply use a hair tie to coil your cords away." You could color coordinate here, too, if you're into that.
8. Turn Your Car Visor Into a Storage Spot
Ever tuck papers and coupons in between your car's roof and visor? How many times do they fall down on you when you pull your visor down to block the sun or check the mirror? Use a hair tie to strap those things in, and it'll be a problem of the past. At least, until you need to use the hair thing.
Not a bad bang for a $5 investment, right? Are there other ways you've hacked a hair tie?