Who knew pool noodles could be useful for more than just floating in the water while soaking up the sun? One mom took this inexpensive pool toy available at any supermarket and put it to work as a life hack to solve a variety of household problems.
Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to fire up the backyard barbecue. What better way to corral napkins that keep flying away in the breeze than to make a cute napkin holder from a pool noodle. Just cut the noodle into rounds (like a doughnut) and place a napkin through the hole for a fun, functional napkin ring. Not only is it functional, you can choose pool noodles in a variety of colors to complement any party decoration theme.
Protect and Support New Plants
Instead of using pieces of boring wood to stake your new potted plants, try using a pool noodle. Cut the noodle to the desired length, and then slice the noodle horizontally from top to bottom. Carefully wrap the noodle around the base of the plant for support without harming it. Use a variety of colors to add a splash of color to your garden.
No More Floppy Boots
Use a pool noodle to protect the investment you’ve made in expensive footwear. Simply cut a noodle to size and insert in each boot to maintain the shape. Not only does this reduce creasing of the boots, it’s also a space saver.
Avoid Car Dings
Is your garage too narrow? Does your car door sometimes hit the wall when you get in or out your car? Solve this pesky problem by cutting a small portion of a pool noodle and gluing it to the garage wall where the door makes contact. Say goodbye to dings and scratches!
DIY Floating Cooler
Why spend a lot of money on a floating ice chest when you can make one at home at a fraction of the price? Choose a sturdy plastic container. Measure and cut a pool noodle to the length of each side of the container. Insert a rope through the four noodle pieces and secure to the container. Easy as pie!
Do you stub your toes on your bed frame? Everyone has done it and it hurts! Erase this problem by wrapping the metal frame legs in pool noodles. Simply wrap a portion of a noodle around the legs of your bed frame and say goodbye to stubbed toes.
Make a Funnel
You can really make a watery mess when filling a bucket in the kitchen sink. Save on heavy lifting and cleanup by using a pool noodle as a funnel. Secure one end to the faucet to control where the water goes.
Tired of ironing your pants only to see a huge crease when you take them off the hanger? Eliminate this nuisance by wrapping a portion of a pool noodle to the wire hanger. The soft curve will eliminate any wrinkles.
Does chilly winter air make its way into your home through gaps in your weather stripping? Stop the cold air at the source by wrapping the bottom of the door with a pool noodle cut to the proper length. No more drafts!