4 Things to Do with Magnets

Magnets are used around the world to lift, hold, separate and retrieve objects. Here, we share four amazing ways you can use them around your home. (Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist!)

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Roofing nails and hammer
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Clean up a nail spill

Keep a strong magnet on your workbench. Next time you spill a jar of small items like nails, screws, tacks, or washers, save time and energy and let the magnet help pick them up for you.

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Frozen car door lock
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Prevent a frozen car lock

Here’s a great way to use refrigerator magnets during the bitter cold of winter. Place them over the outside door locks of your car overnight and they will keep the locks from freezing.

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Coloured paper clips
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Keep desk drawer neat

Are your paper clips all over the place? Place a magnet in your office desk drawer to keep the paper clips together.

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Close-up of broom
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Store a broom in a handy place

Why run to the hall closet every time you need to sweep the kitchen? Instead, just use a screw to attach a magnet about halfway down the broom handle. Then store the broom attached to the side of your refrigerator between the fridge and the wall, where it will remain hidden until you are ready to use it.

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Originally Published in Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

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