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10 Utterly simple ways to use zip-ties that help make life easier
I don't know why I never thought of this. I'm definitely going to try #5 and #8.
Kate Miano
08.02.21

Zip-ties are known for being a versatile and low-cost way to hold items together. Best known for their uses in the food industry and construction, zip-ties have even more uses than that.

The lifehack experts over at Thaitrick recently demonstrated some creative ways that zip-ties can help improve your life, and below are the 10 best ones.

1. A homemade three-ring binder.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

There might be an easier way to organize all your papers. Rather than running out to the store, simply grab a few zip-ties and thread them through the holes in your pieces of paper. They will stay secure and keep your important papers all in one place.

2. A new keychain.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

Zip-ties are perfect for making yourself a nice, utilitarian, keychain. Simply thread the zip-tie thought the holes in all the keys you want to hold onto in order to never lose track of them again.

3. Give your spoon a resting place.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

Isn’t it the worst when your spoon sinks into your bowl or soup or cereal? Now you don’t have to resort to digging it out and getting your hands all messy with the contents of your bowl. All you have to do is secure a zip-tie around your spoon. That will create a notch that allows your spoon to hang off the edge of the bowl.

4. Fix a broken zipper.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

It’s a small tragedy when your zipper breaks. If your zipper is missing the bigger part that enables you to pull things closed, you can salvage your favorite pair of pants or bag by looping a zip-tie through the remaining part of your zipper. This will create something to hold onto while zipping up your belongings.

5. Blow bubbles!

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

It’s pretty easy to make at-home bubbles. But before zip-ties, we never had a way to make an at-home bubble wand. To do this, thread the zip-tie through itself so that there is a medium-sized loop and a handle. Then, dip your new wand in your mixture of soap and water and blow some bubbles!

6. Replace your shoelaces.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

Shoelaces are one item that are often breaking or getting lost. If you’re tired of constantly replacing your shoelaces, maybe switch to more durable material: plastic. Thread each zip-tie through your lace holes and pull them tight to keep your kicks on your feet!

7. A safety lock for your lighters.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

People tend to carry lighters around with them, but that doesn’t mean that we want the risk of them catching fire in our bags or pockets. It might be helpful to tie a zip-tie around the plastic lever of your lighter, which will prevent the lighter from igniting. Now you’re protected!

8. Hang your shower curtain.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

If you don’t want to buy new shower curtain rings, or a few of yours broke, you can easily replace those metal rings with zip-ties. Zip-ties’ adjustable loops make it easy to loop through the holes in your shower curtain and attach them to the curtain rod. If you wanted to, you could probably do this with window curtains as well.

9. An on-the-fly dog leash.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

Say you don’t have a leash handy, but you do have a whole bunch of zip-ties at your disposal. You can make a leash for your dog by tying a bunch of zip-ties together, connecting them through big loops. After attaching it to Fido’s collar, you can go on your walk!

10. You don’t have to touch too-hot lids anymore.

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YouTube Screenshot - Thaitrick

Say you don’t have any available potholders, but your pot is boiling and you need something to lift the lid off. That would be a perfect time to create a heat-insulating handle by tying zip-ties around the pot’s lid. That way you can lift the pot lid via the zip-tie rather than the overheated metal handle.

See more uses for zip-ties in the video below!

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By Kate Miano
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Kate Miano is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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