Lifehack: 5 surprising ways to use a bobby pin at home

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These hairpin tricks can come in handy

If you have someone with long hair in your house, there is probably a box of bobby pins lying around somewhere. This is handy, because you can do much more with a bobby pin than just keep your locks in place. Have you ever thought of using bobby pins in these five ways?

For closing packages

Do the plastic packages of rice, pasta and chips regularly stay open in your kitchen cupboard? You can easily fix this problem with a bobby pin. Roll up the top of the bag and slide the pin over the bag. This keeps your food airtight and fresher for longer.

As a bookmark

No bookmark at hand while you are reading? Then find a pin and put it on the page where you left off. This way you will save the right page for next time.

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To loosen the end of a tape

Do you find it annoying when the end of a roll of adhesive tape pops back all the time and sticks to the roll? If you want to avoid having to pry the tape off again and again, stick a bobby pin on the end once you get hold of it. You will immediately find the beginning of the tape this way.

To empty tubes

Here’s a handy trick for an almost empty tube of toothpaste or cream. Roll up the top of the tube and secure with a pin. The remaining contents are pushed in the tube towards the cap, and you can easily use up the leftovers.

When driving a nail

A hairpin even comes in handy when doing odd jobs. Place a bobby pin around a nail to hold it in place while you hammer. This way, you won’t hit the nail crooked, and you reduce the chance that your thumb will accidentally end up under the hammer.

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