We all know that rubber bands are not the most enthralling of subjects to write about. Many think of them as dull products with only one use – holding things together.

But delve deeper into the large rubber bands industry, and you’ll soon realise that these little blighters are much more useful than you thought.

Here we’ve listed 5 everyday problems that rubber bands can help to resolve:

1. The Slippery Book Page

Rubber band wrapped around a person's finger while turning the page of a book for ultimate grip

We’ve all been reading our favourite book and in a rush to get to the next page of action have found ourselves struggling to turn the page. It’s almost as though the book is playing tricks on you to maintain the suspense. Well, thanks to this little trick, you’ll be turning pages in no time, without the need to salivate all over your fingers! Disclaimer: Use large rubber bands or supreme rubber bands, or if you have to use small ones, do not keep them on your finger between pages. Only apply it at the time that you want to turn the page. We can’t be responsible for fingers that fall off due to a cut off blood supply!

2. The Stubborn Lid

Rubber band wrapped around the outside rim of a jam jar lid for ultimate grip

Even the heftiest of men among us will have one day been left to feel insecure having surrendered to the common stubborn lid. Not many of us like to admit it, but deep down, we all know that these pests are a bit of a challenge. So the next time you go on a date, consider taking one or two large rubber bands in your pocket. Then when the unexpected stubborn lid tries to put a dampener on your macho ethos, simply wrap a rubber band around the lid for ultimate grip when your date isn’t watching, and then show the lid whose boss… before sneakily returning the rubber band to the pocket, of course.

3. The Chewed Screw

A purpple rubber band led over the head of a chewed screw head and being unscrewed by a screwdriver

Every DIY-er will have faced this problem at least once in their life. The dreaded chewed screw. Not chewed as in eaten, mind. Rather a screw that has been screwed in and out so many times that the inner pattern that was once used to key in with the screwdriver for ultimate grip, now resembles more of a circular pattern, with no jagged edges to grip a hold of. We all know that this usually results in the hammer job; trying to bash it into the wood as far as it’ll go, taking chunks out of the timber and paint in the process. Well no more will that happen with this nifty trick. Simply lay an elastic band over the screw head and begin to turn the screw. Tip: use a handheld screwdriver for this as you’ll need to take it slow. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

4. The Painted Paint Can

Rubber band length ways around a paint can from top to rim and paint being wiped off on the band

Has there ever been a time when you can’t see what it says on the tin, because the tin is covered in paint? It’s those annoying streaks that drip down the edges of the paint tin followed by the natural wiping up the excess with a paintbrush, which is more often than not, covered in paint itself. All told, this results in an easily colour co-ordinated set of paint pots in storage, but when it comes to reading the information, you’ll need to resort to the manufacturers website (if you can read who the manufacturer is). Instead, try wrapping an elastic band around the tin from the top to the bottom. Have it offset from the centre so you can fit your brush down the edges. This will keep the paint brush far enough away from the edge of the tin so any excess streaks land back in the pot, rather than all over the tin.

5. The Accident Prone Remote

Remote control TV remote with elastic bands wrapped around the top and bottom to act as a shock absorber when dropped

Let’s face it. Whether we like it or not, our remote controls take a pounding on a regular basis. Animal chewing, drops from heights and missing backs are but to name a few. There’s at least one remote control that’s ready for the scrap pile within every household of the UK. So why not try giving your remote control it’s own shock-proof coat of armour by wrapping it in large rubber bands? There’s nothing like dropping the remote for it to bounce back into your hand without bending down, is there? Tip: Use coloured elastic bands to match the colour of the remote control so that the shock absorber looks like it’s part of the design: Don’t use yellow and green on a black remote as the image suggests.

So there you go, 5 handy tips to keep in the memory bank for when you’re confronted with one of the above dreaded scenarios.

Remember, rubber bands are you ally, so use them to your advantage. If you’re keen to learn more, why not discover where rubber comes from or click one of the related posts below.