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Pool noodle hacks can make life so much easier. Not only do they provide cushion where needed but they are also affordable. In fact, you can find pool noodles in most dollar stores and discount centers.
I’ve used hacks for a lot of things around my house. For example, I use rubber bands to reseal bags of frozen vegetables and mark my place in books. Another simple but handy gadget is the clothespin for clamping things together.
I also use toothpaste for a variety of things around the house. It’s always available, and it often keeps me from having to stop what I’m doing to go to the store. So why not use pool noodles that are cheap and abundant?
What I find interesting is that I rarely see people using pool noodles at the community pool. I mentioned this to a friend who said her kids use them as weapons in the pool. Eek!
Easy to Cut
Pool noodles come in various widths, but all the ones I’ve seen are the same standard length. Since one size doesn’t fit all for these hacks, you’ll need to cut them to the length you need.
If you need longer ones for your own pool noodle hacks, you can tape or glue them together, depending on how you’re using them. You can also cut them lengthwise for certain types of hacks.
All you have to do is look in your kitchen cutlery drawer, since you simply need a serrated knife. Mark your pool noodle with a pencil, marker, or even chalk, and then cut by sawing with the knife. It’s super easy and can be done in a flash.
Bumper Pool Noodle Hack
When you have small children, you’ve probably done quite a bit of childproofing around your home. One of the things you might want to consider is padding the corners of tables.
I remember my own daughters falling into the coffee table or dining table. Needless to say, we had busted lips, bruised shins, and bumped heads. A soft bumper would have prevented a lot of tears.
All you have to do is cut two pieces of the pool noodle to the size you need for each table sorner. Then make a slice lengthwise, and slip them over the edges of the table.
Scoot them together until they meet. Now when your child runs into the table, you’re not as likely to get a booboo.
Pool Noodle Hack Stopper
Our cat Sadie loves to swat her catnip-filled toy mice around the house. Unfortunately, a lot of them wind up under things she can’t reach. I was getting down on my hands and knees to dig them out from beneath the washer and dryer.
That quickly wore me out. So I cut the pool noodle the length I needed and then cut a slice in it down the length.
I slipped the pieces up under the washer and dryer to stop the toy mice from going underneath.
Pool Noodle Bed Rail Hack
After your child moves out of the crib and into a big-kid bed, you may need to find a way to prevent falls. You can go out and purchase an expensive bed rail. Or you can slip a pool noodle beneath the fitted sheet along the edge.
This is also good for grandparents. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to retrofit the beds. Instead, you can use your funds to spoil the young’uns rotten while they’re awake.
If you’re anything like me, you have an abundance of electric cords around the house. One way to control them is to cut pieces of pool noodles to separate them so they won’t get tangled up together.
What I did here was gently fold the cord and tuck it into the pool noodle. Another way to control your cords is to wrap them around the noodle and tuck the plug side into the hole on the end.
When doors slam easily, you risk your little one’s fingers getting smashed. Cut a slit in a piece of pool noodle and slip it over the edge of the door. Push it to the top, out of the child’s reach.
Now the door won’t slam, and you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have to deal with bruised fingers. That simple fix will prevent a lot of tears.
Pool Noodle Pen and Pencil Holders
Do you need something to keep your pens and pencils upright but within reach? Slice a section of a pool noodle in half and put it wherever you need it.
All you have to do is shove your pens and pencils into the pool noodle.
Computer Wrist Pad
Many of us spend hours everyday on our computers. Since I use a laptop, I need something portable to prevent my wrists from tiring out.
I cut a section of a pool noodle in half. Then I use either one or two of them, depending on where I’m working.
Trash Can Bumper
We have the type of trashcan that opens when you step on the pedal. Each time we used the can it would scoot a little bit, until it eventually hit the wall.
As a result, the wall was getting dinged up. A simple fix was to glue a piece of pool noodle to the trashcan.
Boot Shaper Pool Noodle Hack
If you’ve ever had your boots topple over after you take them off, you need this hack. This surprisingly easy tip helps keep my closet tidy.
All you have to do is cut the pool noodle into pieces as tall as your boots. Shove the noodle pieces into them after you take them off. They’ll stand upright until next time you need them.
Plant Pot Filler Pool Noodle Hack
Before you put dirt in your plant pot, toss in some cut-up pool noodle pieces. You won’t need as much dirt, and the roots will have more room to grow.
Pool Noodle Hack Prevents Pants Creases
Are you tired of having creases in your pants from draping them over the hanger? If so, all you need to do is slice the edge of a pool noodle piece and slip it over the hanger. Now you’ll have no more creases from hanging your pants.
Problems Solved with Pool Noodle Hacks
So many problems we experience can be solved without having to spend a fortune. If you keep a couple of pool noodles around, you’ll be amazed by how many uses you find for them.
More Hacks to Make Life Easier
In addition to the hacks I mentioned earlier, I love dryer sheet hacks. Even if you don’t dry your clothes with them, they’re ideal for other tasks around the house. I also have some easy cooking hacks for the time you spend in the kitchen.