Hacks For Bubble Wrap That Go Beyond The Endless Fun Of Popping It
Yes, bubble wrap is extremely entertaining to adults and children alike—it's just so satisfying to pop those bubbles. But it also has so many uses beyond protecting that impulse buy you ordered from Amazon.
Bubble wrap can be used to make all aspects of your life better, from getting your toilet to have less condensation on it to being used as a cover for your pool. Don't worry though, you're still allowed to use it as some good old fashioned stress relief too.
Add Some Insulation To Your Drafty House
Did you know that bubble wrap can serve as insulation if you live in a poorly insulated home or a drafty apartment? Figure out how many of your windows you're looking to layer up on, then cut your bubble wrap accordingly to fit.
To make it stick all you have to do is wet the window and press the bubble wrap on. Make sure you have the bumpy bubble side pressed against the window. It will add an extra, inexpensive layer and will save you money on your heating bill! Come springtime and warmer weather you just peel it off.
No More Looking Through The Glass
Have you always wanted frosted glass doors? Do you share an apartment with someone and the bathroom door is just a little too see-through for your liking? Once again, bubble wrap can save the day.
Adding a layer of bubble wrap to glass windows or doors will add a barrier so the glass won't be as transparent, but it also won't obstruct any light from getting through. It's the best of both worlds. If you don't want to stick anything to the glass, you can also just hang the bubble wrap like a curtain!
Use It To Protect Your Plants
Just like bubble wrap can protect your regular packages, it can also be used to protect other things, like plants. If you're going to a garden center to purchase your summer plants, bringing a roll of bubble wrap can't hurt!
Once they're planted, you can also use bubble wrap to keep any pests or bugs off your plants. If you've got some hungry animals that like to munch on your tomato plants, bubble wrap will keep them away too.
Decorating A Cake Has Never Been Easier
If you're looking to impress everyone with your cake decorating skills despite the fact that you don't have any cake decorating skills, bubble wrap can make all your dreams come true.
Bake your cake and let it cool completely. Then, frost the outside as you normally would. Once the frosting has set, wrap a sheet of bubble wrap around the outside and gently press it into the frosting to create that bubble pattern. Linda from HR will be so impressed.
Keep Ice Off Your Windshield
Not a lot of people wake up in the mornings in the winter and thinks "I can't wait to scrape the ice off of my windshield." If you're someone who has to park your car outside instead of under the protective cover of a garage, bubble wrap can make your mornings a little smoother.
Before you go in for the night, place a sheet of bubble wrap over your windshield and tuck it under the wipers to keep it secure. The bubble wrap will keep from ice from forming so in the morning you just pull it off and drive away.
Keep Condensation Out Of Your Toilet
It seems weird but you can actually use bubble wrap in somewhere like your bathroom. Specifically, use it in your toilet to prevent the tank from building up too much condensation.
To do this nifty hack, line the inside of the tank with bubble wrap. Doing this will keep the outside of the tank from getting cold, preventing condensation from forming. If you want to keep the pieces secure, use a silicone sealant to glue to pieces of bubble wrap to the clean, dry, empty tank.
Road Rage Relief
Whether you're someone who finds driving stressful or you suffer from road rage on your long commute to work because no one in your city knows how to drive properly, bubble wrap might be able to make your drive a little more pleasant every day.
All you have to do is fasten a little wrap around the steering wheel in the parts where you rest your hands most often. You'll have something to keep yourself entertained, and it's easy to remove and replace when you pop your way through the sheet.
Create A DIY Pool Cover
For the particularly crafty or innovative people, you can actually use bubble wrap as an insulating pool cover. If you've ever seen a solar cover for a pool you probably noticed that it looks similar to bubble wrap and that's because it is!
Using bubble wrap will be less expensive than buying the regular solar cover it just takes some DIY skills. The cover will still help to heat the pool, reduce evaporation, and keep the pull free of dirt, leaves and general debris.
Say Hello To Leak-Proof Travel
If you've got a trip coming up and you're looking for a better way to transport your liquids because your last three trips have ended with your shampoo exploding in your suitcase, bubble wrap can help.
Bubble wrapping your liquids will keep them from moving around too much and keep them from spilling. Plus, if you're planning on stopping at the Duty-Free Store on the way home, it never hurts to have an extra protective layer.
Finally, No More Bruised Produce
Bubble wrap can increase the shelf life of food like produce. Especially if you need a little assistance when it comes to not bruising every apple in your fridge.
If you line your fridge bins with bubble wrap, it will keep any fruit, vegetables, eggs or whatever else you put in there from rolling around, bumping into each other and getting bruised. Plus it makes it way easier to clean your fridge because all your have to do is rip off that sheet and put down a new one!
No More Wrinkled Clothing
You don't have to throw the bubble wrap away once you received your package and you're ready to hang up your new clothes. If you want to limit your time spent at the ironing board, bubble wrap can help.
Lining your hangers with bubble wrap is a great way to create padded shirt hangars so your clothes fall properly. Plus, it keeps dress pants from getting hanger lines so they are ready to be worn right when you take them out of your closet.
Line Your Greenhouse
If you don't want to go through the hassle of individually wrapping all your plants in bubble wrap to protect them, you can use bubble wrap to make your entire greenhouse better.
Lining the windows with bubble wrap will keep the moisture and the warmth inside the greenhouse, while still allowing the light to enter so your little babies can grow to their heart's content. You won't even need that supplemental heater anymore. Your plants will finally start thriving instead of dying.
Use It As Recycled Gift Wrap
Though bubble wrap is typically used inside a box to keep packages from getting damaged, it can also be used on the exterior. Bubble wrap is a great alternative to wrapping paper if you're looking for a way to recycle what you have around the house.
It works just like normal wrapping paper, but also it adds an extra protective barrier if the present is particularly delicate. Just remember that it is a little see-through so if you want the present to be a complete surprise, you might have to layer up.
Improve Grip And Prevent Blisters
If you're someone who works with tools all day, you probably have had your fair share of blisters. Bubble wrap will be able to save you any future callouses and make those wooden handles and poorly-made tools just a little more comfortable to grip.
Wrap strips of bubbles around the top part of wooden rake handles, brooms, hammers, or any tools that can be hard to keep your grip on. You might even start enjoying the work more!
Bubble Wrap As A Bag And Shoe Reshaper
Don't waste your money on buying bag or shoe inserts designed to keep the shape of your stuff when you already have something in your house that you could use. Bubble wrap works as a great reshaper and layers up easily.
Before you tuck those tall boots away for the winter or switch out your purses, stuff some rolled up bubble wrap into them so they don't lose their shape. Then you won't have to worry about flattened boots or purses when you pull them out next year!
Keep Jewelry Untangled
When you travel do you find that your jewelry always gets tangled or knotted no matter how carefully you pack them? It might even get tangled just sitting on your dresser at home. Either way, the days of unknotting jewelry is over.
Bubble wrap can fix your jewelry detangling needs! Whether you're packing it in your suitcase or in your purse, wrap your necklaces up in bubble wrap packets before you tuck them away. It'll keep them from getting tangled, plus they'll be protected and easier to find.
Home Alone-level security
Add a little bit of pop to your home decor, or at least to your front door by spicing up that welcome mat. That's right, put a sheet of bubble wrap under the doormat.
It's the perfect way to always know when someone steps onto your welcome mat—whether they're welcome or not. Plus, even if it is someone you know at your door it can add a bit of entertainment for everyone. Hopefully, it doesn't scare the guests too much!
Make Some DIY Knee Pads
Doing yard work can be seriously hard on your body, especially on your knees if you're doing a lot of planting or weeding. Bubble wrap can make it a little easier for you and your joints.
Fold a large piece of bubble wrap into a rectangle that you can kneel on while you're working in the garden. If you don't like that method, you can cut smaller squares and wrap them around your knees like volleyball pads. The cushioning will protect your joints, while also protecting your clothing from getting stained!
Keep Your Cold Groceries Cold On The Way Home
If you're someone whose groceries never manage to stay cold on the drive home from the store no matter how well you pack them, bubble wrap is the saving grace that will keep your ice cream from melting and your chicken from thawing.
All you have to do is take your regular cloth bags and line them with bubble wrap. It'll keep your yogurt and cheese cold on the drive home. It also works in a reverse way if you want to keep your takeout warm on the journey home.
Bubble Wrap Can Be Used As Lumbar Support
Are you sick of sitting in an uncomfortable office chair all day that has no proper back support? And no matter how many times you play around with those levers on the bottom it doesn't get better? Bubble wrap can help you out with those back problems.
All you need is a roll of bubble wrap to wedge behind your lower back while you're sitting. It'll ease your back pain in no time and can be increased or decreased as you need. If you're looking for even more comfort you can line the seat cushion in wrapping too.