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Since 1958, zip ties (also known as cable ties) have been gracing us with their handy, clasping-things-together presence. Currently, you may use them to bind together loose cables and cords.
However, the plastic/nylon ties do a lot more than that. Plus, they are CHEAP (you could get a pack of 100 for just $1.80!), and you can use different colored one for different purposes.
So, there’s no reason not to carry a stash of them around with you—some in your purse, some at work, some in the glove compartment of your car. Because, as you’re about to find out, zip ties are the true definition of a multiple-purpose product.
1. Unclog A Drain
Yep, you read that right. You can unclog a drain… with just a zip tie! You will want to have a long zip tie, and then you’ll cut diagonal lines into each side before putting it down the drain.
2. Child-Proof Your House
3. Hang Things Up
4. Make A DIY Toilet Handle
5. Affix Spring Flowers Together
Whether you’re making a bouquet from Spring flowers in your backyard or buy some at the store, zip ties can help keep all the stems together before you put them in a vase. If you make table centerpieces from flowers, zip ties will become your new BFF then, too.
6. For Gardening
7. Help With Packing
8. Fix Your Broken Necklace
No time to go to the jewelry or craft store to fix your necklace clasp? Just grab a zip tie and it’ll do the trick!
9. “Lock” Your Purse Or Bag Zipper Closed With A Zip Tie
A friend of mine does this, and the first time I noticed, I figured she forgot to remove the plastic tag that came with her bag. But, once she showed me how sturdy the zip tie was, and what an added layer of safety it was, I was hooked.
10. Automatic Bag Handles
Need a handle on a bag, or two? Zip ties are ideal to get the job done, and strong, also! Plus, you can make the bag handles as long or short as you want!
11. For Attaching Things To Your Bag or Backpack
12. Shoe Laces
When you’re out in the wild or camping or away from a place where you can buy replacement shoe laces, use some zip ties instead. I think this is an incredibly smart idea, because you never know.