Unless you’re an electrician, plumber or super spy, you might not have a lot of extra zip ties. Used primarily to hold items such as cable and wire, these handy tools can quickly fasten items together. If you think you don’t have much need for these handy connectors, think again.Before you throw out zip ties, take a moment to check out this list. You might find a hack or two that could be useful.
Attach plants to a stake
Plants such as tomatoes and cucumbers need a little extra support to grow properly. Use a zip tie to gently attach the vines to a stake. They hold up under the weather and you can cut off the ties easily after the growing season.
Child proof your home
Keep little ones out of dangerous cupboards such as those storing cleaning supplies by using a zip tie to keep the doors closed. Or use zip ties to temporarily secure a piece of wood to a stair bannister so you can put up a baby gate without damaging the bannister.
Make a drain snake
Cleaning out a drain is quite possibly one of the most disgusting parts of cleaning the bathroom, but it’s a necessary task when the water won’t drain properly from a sink or bathtub. If you find yourself dealing with a clogged drain and you don’t have a drain snake handy, don’t worry. Try the technique below and create a drain snake by cutting slits in a zip tie.
Fix a zipper
Need to fix your zipper in a pinch? Slip a zip tie through the zipper loop for a makeshift pulley to close the zipper.
Store Christmas lights
Untangling Christmas lights is a drag! Keep holiday decor more organized by rolling lights around your arm and then securing the strings with a zip tie.
Repair a toilet handle
Did the chain on your toilet handle break? Use a zip tie to secure the lever to the plug in the toilet until you can replace the chain.
Create storage space
Snag a few milk carton containers for a few dollars and hook them together with zip ties for an easy DIY storage solution on a budget.
Repair a bag handle
If your suitcase handle breaks unexpectedly, place a zip tie where the handle was attached and use it as a temporary handle.
Temporarily replace shoelaces
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