Plastic wrap is something we all have lying around the house for food storage, but did you know that this household staple has many different uses? We’ve compiled 15 creative and unexpected plastic wrap hacks other than food storage.
Get that wrap out and use it to make the little things in your life just a bit easier!
1. No Freezer Burn
Tired of losing ice cream to freezer burn? Place plastic wrap under the carton lid to keep ice cream fresh.
2. Easy Cleaning
Place a layer of plastic wrap in the fridge underneath shelves and bins to avoid annoying spills. Instead of disassembling the fridge to get to hard to reach, crusty spills, simply remove and replace the wrap.
3. DIY To-Go Cup
Used all your to-go cups and are facing your morning commute without coffee? Use a press and seal plastic wrap to make any cup a to-go cup.
4. No-Mess Toiletries
If you’re traveling and taking toiletries, avoid leaky containers by putting plastic wrap underneath the lids of shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, and body washes containers.
5. Paint Preserver
You can also preserve paint by putting plastic wrap underneath the lid. It will keep your paint viable longer, making future touch-ups easy.
6. DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Does fruit fly bug you? Use plastic wrap and a cup to make a DIY trap. Place something sweet like fruit in the bottom of the cup and punch a small hole in the plastic wrap covering the mouth of the cup. Flies can get in, but they can’t figure out the exit.
7. Nail Art
Marble nails by dabbing them in colors with a small wad of plastic wrap.
8. Gardening Comfort
Garden tools rarely come with comfort grips, so if you’re working in the yard for long periods of time, tightly wrap garden tool handles in plastic wrap for a better, more comfortable grip.
9. DIY Greenhouse
If you are working on your gardening skills, you can make mini-greenhouses for delicate seedlings. Place plastic wrap across the top of your pot to hold in moisture and encourage growth.
10. Skin Restorer
You can use plastic wrap to condition dry patches of your skin. Put moisturizer, coconut oil, or another type of skin conditioner on the affected area and then cover it with plastic wrap. The wrap will hold in the moisture and increase the skin’s absorption.
11. No More Cork Taint
If your wine bottle is affected by “cork taint,” a musty taste from chemicals in the wine, you don’t have to pour it down the sink. Wad up a ball of plastic wrap in a pitcher and pour the wine on top. Swirl the wine around for a few minutes to allow the plastic to absorb the excess chemical, improving the taste of your wine.
12. Repair Makeup
There’s no need to throw away a compact with shattered makeup. Simply add a few drops of 70% rubbing alcohol to the broken pieces and tightly cover with plastic wrap. When the pieces absorb the alcohol, use your fingers or a spoon to reshape the makeup through the plastic wrap.
13. Safe Label
You can also use plastic wrap to label things that shouldn’t have traditional labels such as antiques and some types of ceramics. Wrap plastic wrap around a part of your antique or other object and write on that. Since plastic wrap sticks to itself, it won’t leave damage when removed.
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14. Painting Help
If your painting job is interrupted, or just takes a lot longer than expected, rather than cleaning your brush or roller at the end of the day, simply wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. You can unwrap it and continue the job the next day.
15. Preserve Flowers
Keep cut flowers fresher longer by wrapping the ends in a damp paper towel and wrapping plastic wrap on top of the paper towel to hold in the moisture. This trick works especially well if you plan to take cut flowers to someone, but have to run a few errands first.
Plastic wrap isn’t just for your food. Like many things, the creative use of this household item will help you improve little things in your life.
Know of any other creative uses? Let us know in the comments below!