Bungee cords are a bit like duct tape; there’s so many uses for them that it pays to keep them on hand! I know my husband has a pile of bungee cords somewhere in our garage, but I haven’t personally considered how I could put them to good use. Until today that is! Today I want to share a few surprising ways you can use bungee cords that you may not have thought about before. From helping to secure your stuff to getting more organized, that pile of bungee cords in your garage has plenty of hidden potential! :-)
9 Surprisingly Useful Things You Can Do With Bungee Cords
1. Store Canning Rings
Use a short bungee cord to hang up your canning rings! It keeps them up out of the way, but you’ll still be able to see them. It’s a much better storage solution than tossing them into the bottom of a dark drawer!
2. Hang Paper Towels
Make a temporary paper towel holder using a short bungee cord. Just slide the cord through the center of the roll, then hook it onto something sturdy at both ends. This is a great way to keep paper towels handy while camping or at outdoor parties!
3. Yoga Mat Carrier
If you have a bungee cord on hand, you can make a handy strap for your yoga mat! Just hold the center of the cord along the center of your mat. Pull each end of the cord around the mat, and hook each end to the section you’ve held against the mat. The mat will stay rolled up, and it makes a great carrying handle too!
4. Road Trip Entertainment
Need to entertain a baby on a long car ride? String up a bungee cord between the handles in the back seat. Then hang your baby’s favorite toys from it! It’s like a toy mobile that’s perfect for the car.
5. Prevent Grocery Bag Spills
Have you ever loaded your groceries into you car, only to have them all spill out of the bags by the time you get home? So frustrating! But you can easily keep your grocery bags upright with just a bungee cord. Feed it through both the handles of each bag, then secure the cord around the headrest of one of your car seats.
You can also implement this system in the back of your car. Just feed the bungee cord through both handles on each grocery bag. Then hook the ends of the cord on either side of your car!
6. Keep Trash Bags Secure
It drives me nuts when my trash bags slip down into my garbage can. If you’re struggling with this very annoying problem, you can solve it with a bungee cord! Just put your trash bag in place, then wrap a bungee cord around around the rim of the trash can. Hook the cord to itself to secure the cord keep your trash bag in place.
7. Shelf Barrier
Wire shelving can be a great way to add extra storage to any room! But you can’t typically fill the shelves too much, or things might topple right off the edges! You can help keep your items on the shelf by stringing a bungee cord across the front edge. You’ll be able to keep more items on the shelf without fear of them falling off.
8. Add Layers To Curtains
You can use a bungee cord to add another layer to your curtains without installing any additional hardware. Slide the bungee cord through the top of the curtain, and hook it onto your curtain rod at either end. This is an easy way to add a layer of blackout curtains behind your existing curtains to help block more light in a bedroom!
9. Cookie Sheet Storage
Storing baking sheets vertically can save you a LOT of space in the kitchen! Use bungee cords to create a brilliantly simple vertical storage solution for your baking sheets. String up a few bungee cords vertically between shelves, then slide your baking sheets between the cords!