10 Things to Do with Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap can be used for more than keeping things, well, under wraps! Click through to see how bubble wrap can keep you warm during the winter, make hard surfaces a little easier to sit on, and more!

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Use bubble wrap to prevent toilet-tank condensation
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1. Use bubble wrap to prevent toilet-tank condensation

If your toilet tank sweats in warm, humid weather, bubble wrap could be just the right antiperspirant. Lining the inside of the tank with bubble wrap will keep the outside of the tank from getting cold and causing condensation when it comes in contact with warm, moist air. To line the tank, shut off the supply valve under the tank and flush to drain the tank. Then wipe the inside walls clean and dry. Use silicone sealant to glue appropriate-sized pieces of bubble wrap to the major flat surfaces.

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Use bubble wrap to protect patio plants
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2. Use bubble wrap to protect patio plants

Keep your outdoor container plants warm and protected from winter frost damage. Wrap each container with bubble wrap and use duct tape or string to hold the wrap in place. Make sure the wrap extends a couple of inches above the lip of the container. The added insulation will keep the soil warm all winter long.

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Coca Cola soft drink
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3. Use bubble wrap to keep cola cold

Wrap soft-drink cans with bubble wrap to keep beverages refreshingly cold on hot summer days. Do the same for packages of frozen or chilled picnic foods. Wrap ice cream just before you leave for the picnic to help keep it firm en route.

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Use bubble wrap to protect produce in the fridge
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4. Use bubble wrap to protect produce in the fridge

Line your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with bubble wrap to prevent bruises to fruit and other produce. Cleanup will be easier, too—when the lining gets dirty, just throw it out and replace it with fresh bubble wrap.

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Use bubble wrap to add insulation
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5. Use bubble wrap to add insulation

Cut window-size pieces of wide bubble wrap and duct-tape them to inside windows for added warmth and savings on fuel bills in winter. Lower the blinds to make it less noticeable.

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Use bubble wrap to make a bedtime buffer
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6. Use bubble wrap to make a bedtime buffer

Keep cold air from creeping into your bed on a chilly night by placing a large sheet of bubble wrap between your bedspread or quilt and your top sheet. You’ll be surprised at how effective it is in keeping warm air in and cold air out.

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Use bubble wrap to cushion work surfaces
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7. Use bubble wrap to cushion your work surface

When repairing delicate glass or china, cover the work surface with bubble wrap to help prevent breakage.

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Use bubble wrap to protect tools
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8. Use bubble wrap to protect tools

Reduce wear and tear on your good-quality tools and extend their lives. Line your toolbox with bubble wrap. Use duct tape to hold it in place.

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Use bubble wrap for camping
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9. Use bubble wrap to sleep on air while camping

Get a better night’s sleep on your next camping trip: Carry a 6-foot (2-metre) roll of wide bubble wrap to use a mat under your sleeping bag. No sleeping bag? Just fold a 12-foot-long (3.6-metre-long) piece of wide bubble wrap in half, bubble side out, and duct-tape the edges. Then slip in and enjoy a restful night in your makeshift padded slumber bag.

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Use bubble wrap to cushion bleachers
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10. Use bubble wrap to cushion bleachers and benches

Take some bubble wrap out to the ballgame with you to soften those hard stadium seats or benches. Or stretch a length along a picnic bench for more comfy dining.

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Originally Published in Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

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