Zip-ties are surprisingly useful little things that cost next to nothing but can be put to use all around the house. Once you check out these eighteen hacks, you will probably be pulling your hair out that you didn’t find out about one or two tricks from the list earlier, as you surely struggled with some of these issues.
1. Separating cables
There are not many things more frustrating than tangled up cable cords. You can use a few zip-ties to keep them in check without damaging them.
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2. Saggy sofas
One Pinterest user writes: “Fix it easy (and for under $20) with zip-ties! I use the 11-inch long ones (100 pack for about $8) and it took 1.5 bags for a regular sofa. First, pull off the bottom batting/fabric. Check the springs and make sure there are no broken ones. Start by zip-tying the S springs around the wooden frame (at the top and bottom of each S spring.) Then start on one side and zip-tie diagonally all the way across. Try it!”
Source: Pinterest | Barb Gibson
3. Container lids
You can use a zip-tie to easily keep the lids of your containers on. Drill a hole in the handle and lid handle, slide a zip-tie through, then fasten and tie.
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4. Improving tire traction
Tie a bunch of zip-ties around your bicycle tire for increased traction during winter months and don’t let the cold slow you down.
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5. Plants support
Zip-ties are great for heavy plants that you’re trying to train.
Source: Thirfty Fun
6. Making your own bookcase
Use them to stack a bunch of crates and then attach them together for an affordable DIY bookcase!
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7. Hanging stuff on a vinyl siding
Another ingenious hack from Pinterest: “Take a picture hanger, trim the hook, and add a zip-tie loop. To use, slip the hook under a siding lap and it locks into place. To remove just twist 90 degrees and pull. I looked all over for ideas and finally came up with my own. Enjoy and happy hanging!”
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8. Ironing board power bar
One clever hacker secured a power bar underneath their ironing board. No more dangling cords!
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9. DIY t-shirts
This blogger decided to go with zip-ties instead of the traditional route of using elastics for tie-dye with great results.
Source: Doodle Craft Blog
10. A safer trampoline
Zip-ties and pool noodles can make a trampoline much safer but also far prettier and more colorful.
Source: Pinterest | Stacey Hamilton
11. DIY Scrub Brush
Keep this scrub brush in your shower, and while you’re waiting to rinse out your conditioner, give it a good scrub.
12. Hanging up brooms, mops, and dustpans
A command hook combined with zip-ties will make putting these accessories away a lot easier and neater, too.
Source: The Krazy Coupon Lady
The only downside to these cheap and easy keyrings is you will have to cut them when you need to get your keys off, but hey, zip-ties are so cheap!
Source: One Good Thing
14. Luggage security
Secure your suitcase zipper – if you use a brightly colored one it’ll make it easier for you to spot your luggage at baggage claim.
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15. A makeshift zipper
Here’s a quick fix if you feel like your zippers are constantly breaking left, right, and center.
16. Minimizing packing space
Nothing is worse than having to choose just a few things to pack when you easily own 100 t-shirts alone, but this handy little trick will ensure your clothes stay compressed and take up less space in your suitcase!
17. Installing a baby (or pet) gate
Installing a baby (or pet) gate can cause a lot more damage than you’d like it to. If you use zip-ties instead of the fasteners that come in the box with the gate, though, you can ensure the gate stays up and doesn’t leave any permanent marks on your wall or railing.
18. A drain snake
Check ou this ingenious hack: “Use a large zip-tie to help fish hair out of a stopped-up drain. Use a sharp knife to cut diagonal notches along the sides of the zip-tie. Then slide it into the drain, and move it up and down to loosen debris and pick up hair.”