While we’re all aware of the most obvious use for condoms, it actually turns out that they’re a pretty versatile, multi-functional item!
Here Bright Side explores some hacks that might make you look at them in a new light.
1. A fruit saver
Yep! Roll one of these over a piece of fruit to keep it fresh in your bag! Just maybe don’t take it out in front of your co-workers.
2. Individual elastic bands
Starting from the end, cut vertically along the length of the condom 3-5mm apart. By the time you get to the end you’ll have a whole pile of makeshift elasctic bands!
3. Cold pack
Fill with water and rubbing alcohol to a ratio of 3:1, then put it in the freezer. Next time you sprain something, this will provide a cold press that will shape itself to wherever you put it.
4. Waterproof phone holder
To avoid the dreaded iPhone-in-a-bowl-of-rice situation, here’s a phone holder that will remain waterproof even if your phone is completely submerged!
5. Shoe shiner
The latex in the condom makes for a surprisingly good shoe polisher. Simply take the condom out of the packet, and rub it over your favorite pair to get them back to their shiny best.
6. Waterproof bandage
Most plasters and bandages can become useless if you’re stuck in the rain: to keep them secure, cut the end off a condom, and use it as a waterproof adhesive! This can also be used when you’re taking a shower.
7. Soda cover
To keep your soda from going flat once you’ve opened the can, try rolling a condom over it. This will keep it fresh and probably ensure that no-one else will want to steal it!
8. Fire starters
Condoms catch fire very easily, so they are useful if you’re trying to start a fire. However, they only burn for a few moments, so make sure you’ve got other kindling ready to add!
9. Stress ball
An easy DIY remedy to stress: take a condom, fill it with flour or rice, tie a knot in the end, and there you have it! Prepare to squeeze all your worries away.
10. Jar opener
No more boiling water or banging against worktops needed! Stretch the opening of a condom over the lid of the jar, and then open as normal. The added lubricant will help it to open more smoothly.