9 Extraordinary Uses for Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is a great material for packing, but it has a lot of other, very practical uses. When you get a box with bubble wrap in it, resist the urge to pop it all for stress relief! Instead, stash it away to use in one of the following genius ways.

By Jennifer Noonan | Published Dec 22, 2017 11:38 PM

Insulate Windows

How to Insulate Windows with Bubble Wrap

Those tiny bubbles of air in bubble wrap have insulating properties. Put this ability to good use by lining drafty windows with bubble wrap in the winter to keep the room warmer.

Related: 8 Wise Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home for Practically Nothing


Protect Plants

How to Protect Plants with Bubble Wrap

Protect your newly planted seeds and tender plants from frost during the colder seasons by covering them with bubble wrap. The air pockets will heat up under the sun’s rays during the day, acting like a mini greenhouse to keep the plant and soil warm.

Related: 10 Ways to Weather-Proof Your Garden


Pad Your Knees

How to Make Knee Pads with Bubble Wrap

Planting, weeding, and other yard work can require a lot of kneeling, which can be uncomfortable or even painful. Fold a large piece of bubble wrap into a rectangle, and use it as a kneeling pad. The cushioning will save wear and tear on your joints and your pants as well.

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Keep Your Toilet from Sweating

How to Stop Toilet Condensation with Bubble Wrap

Is your toilet tank sweating with condensation? Condensation forms when the outside of the tank is cold while room conditions are warm and humid. You can correct that temperature difference by insulating the inside of the tank with bubble wrap. First, empty the tank and wipe it clean and dry. Then, affix the bubble wrap to the inside walls of the tank with silicone sealant.

Related: 11 Bathroom Hazards That Harm Your Home and Health


Keep Your Car Windshield Clear

How to Protect Windshield with Bubble Wrap

Stash a piece of bubble wrap, just slightly larger than your windshield, in the trunk of your car. If you're parking your car outside for the night and the weather's turning foul, lay the bubble wrap across the windshield, and secure it with the wipers before heading to bed. This plastic barrier will help keep frost from forming and collect any snow that falls. In the morning, simply peel it back to reveal a clear windshield in seconds.

Related: 13 Hacks Every Car Owner Should Know


Cushion Produce

How to Protect Produce with Bubble Wrap

Some fruits and vegetables, such as pears and peaches, are particularly prone to bruising. Line your crisper drawer with bubble wrap to cushion your produce. Avoiding bumps and bruises will help your fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer.

Related: 11 Home Hacks You Can Do with a Bag of Groceries


Insulate a Grocery Bag

How to Keep Groceries Cold with Bubble Wrap

Keep your cold things cold, even if you don’t have an insulated shopping bag. Just line the inside of a reusable grocery bag with bubble wrap, and it will keep ice cream and other frozen or refrigerated items cold longer.

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Make a DIY Padded Hanger

DIY Padded Hanger

If you want to hang a sweater or some other delicate item but don't own any padded hangers, you can quickly DIY one by covering a hanger with bubble wrap and taping it securely in place.

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Keep Things in Shape

How to Store Clothing with Bubble Wrap

Some shoes, handbags, hats, and other items lose their shape when you put them in seasonal storage. Stuff them with bubble wrap before stowing them away, and they’ll emerge neat and ready for use when you bring them out next year.

Related: 15 Sneaky Tricks to Double Your Storage Space


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