Everyone has that junk drawer filled with rubber bands. Leaving them in that drawer may be keeping you from some of the greatest household hacks around, including tongs in a pinch, as shown in this ThaiTricks video. Two forks and a rubber band keep your fingertips safe and protected from heat while removing grilled food from burning coals or hot trays.
According to Gizmodo, Alliance Rubber currently produces more than 14 million pounds of rubber bands per year. And with the decline of one of their previous largest uses - securing tight rolls of printed newspapers - it seems these neat tricks and other household uses continue driving production and consumption.
Good Housekeeping also details uses for these springy circles, including strapping them across paint cans for an instant, on-the-job brush cleaning tool and handy vacuum accessory for retrieving lost items. Yes, a nylon adhered to a vacuum hose and secured with a rubber band is all you need to find that lost earring back or pet toy abandoned in hard to reach places.
Now that you've seen all the good that can come from these rubber wonders, pass it along so others can empty out that junk drawer as well!