7 Clever Uses For Pencil Erasers You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Think beyond your old math class homework, and consider these clever household applications for the humble eraser. (You’ll never look at the end of a pencil the same way again!)
1. Use Pencil Erasers to Shine a Coin Collection
If you’ve just inherited a rather grimy coin collection from your uncle, but you’d like to see it with more lustre, use an eraser to shine up the coins. (Don’t do this to rare and valuable coins, however: You might erase their value along with their surface patina.) Don’t miss these clever ways to put ordinary coins to work all around the house.
2. Use Pencils Erasers to Cushion a Picture Frame
Don’t you hate it when that heavy mirror or picture frame gets slightly crooked? Tired of worrying about the black marks and scrapes the frame is making on the wall? Glue pencil erasers to the bottom corners of the frame. The picture will now hang straighter and not leave their mark! Check out these tips for building a own home art collection—without breaking the bank.
3. Use Pencils Erasers to Remove Label Residue
That gray gummy substance on the new vase you just purchased is a sight to behold and not coming off with plain soap and water. Rub the residue with an eraser and watch the stuff just peel away. If pencil erasers don’t do the trick, try removing the residue with nail polish remover.
4. Use Pencil Erasers to Remove Scuff Marks on Vinyl Floors
Those new shoes of yours look fantastic. The black streak marks they’ve left all over the kitchen floor? Not so much. Make quick work of them by rubbing them out with a pencil eraser. Here are more brilliant DIY cleaning products for every room in the house.
5. Use a Pencil Eraser to Clean Your Piano Keys
Whether it’s a baby grand piano that fills the corner of the living room, a more conventional upright, or just a fold-away electronic keyboard, cleaning the keys can be a nightmare project of dust and finger marks. And when you clean it, it’s hard to reach some spots to remove dirt. The sides of the black keys are especially difficult to clean. Find an eraser that fits between the ivories and the black keys and you’ll have 86’ed the dirt on the 88s. This works well whether you have an antique piano with real ivory keys or the more common plastic ones. Check out these 20 things you should be cleaning with a toothbrush.
6. Use an Eraser to Clean Off Crayon
If your toddler’s gone wild with the crayons and taken her “art” to your walls, try tackling the mess with a pencil eraser. You’ll be back to a blank canvas in no time, and free to use the crayons in these extraordinarily useful ways.
7. Use Pencil Erasers to Store Pins and Drill Bits
A box is not the most handy place to keep sewing pins. What if it spills, for instance? And what if you have a hard time grabbing just one when you’re laying out pattern pieces? Here’s the solution: Stick pins in pencil erasers. They won’t fall out, and it’s easy to grab the ones you need. This is also a good tip if you’re storing several small drill bits. Don’t miss these brilliant cleaning shortcuts lazy people will appreciate.