Everyone uses paper towels. If your house is like mine, a day does not pass without using some paper towels to clean up a mess of some sort. We all know the value of a sturdy paper towel, but have you ever considered the many uses for the cardboard paper towel tube? Don’t toss this handy item into the trash. Put it to good use with these ideas.
A cardboard paper towel tube is surprisingly sturdy. Use the cylindrical shape of the paper towel tube to your advantage. Despite the light weight of the cardboard, it can withstand a good deal of pressure.
If one of your kitchen cupboards has a leaning shelf, use the paper towel tube to save the day. Simply place the paper towel tube inside the corner of the cabinet under the edge of the shelf. If necessary, cut the cardboard tube to the proper length to match the height of the shelf.
Following this same principle, you can use the paper towel tube to prop open a window. If your home has older windows, this idea is great for letting in a nice breeze during those pleasant days of spring. We use this trick all of the time for one of our windows in the kitchen. The cardboard tube fits perfectly inside the window sill and is just the right size to allow a marvelous breeze to flow through the open window.
A cardboard tube from your paper towels is not just great for propping up things. You can also use the tube as a holder. When packing for your next camping trip or picnic, stash your sharp knives inside a paper towel tube. Slide the tube inside your picnic basket or in a dry section of your cooler. The sharp knives will stay in one place and your hands will be protected when reaching to grab other supplies.
Everyone has extension cords or appliance cords lying around the house somewhere. If you are like me, the mass of cords often find their way to a box in the garage or in some stray cabinet. Over time, you forget what each cord goes to. Did you think a paper towel tube could solve this problem for you?
To remedy this situation, fish one end of the cord into the tube until you can grab it on the other side. Curve the cord back and forth inside the tube until the entire cord is secure. On the cardboard tube, write down what the cord is used for. Now, store the cord inside an organized box or in the cabinet nearest the appropriate appliance. No more cord spaghetti anymore.
One of the most popular uses for a paper towel tube in my home is for our cats. Carefully cut the cardboard tube into several small pieces. Each pieces should resemble the round cardboard tube only shorter. Each ring of the shortened tube should be approximately an inch high. Leave a ring or two on the floor and watch the cat go crazy. The cat will play for hours with these inexpensive toys. Batting the cardboard rings around the house will be your cat’s new favorite activity.
The endless uses for a cardboard tube doesn’t stop here. Put your thinking cap on and use the tube for crafts. Kids love to decorate a cardboard tube and turn it into a telescope. Tape two cardboard tubes together and create a fun pair of binoculars for play time.
Do your part to recycle and put your cardboard tubes to good use. With these fantastic tips, you will never need to toss the tube in the trash again.