13 Brilliant Uses for Safety Pins You’ll Wish You Knew All Along
These genius life hacks will make those formerly disposable pins some of the handiest tools you own.
Say goodbye to static cling
Like a mini lightening rod, a safety pin can keep the static from building up between your skin and your clothes—without any of the chemicals found in static cling sprays. For a subtle fix, place a safety pin underneath your clothes (between the fabric and your skin) so that it’s barely noticeable on the surface. Here are more creative ways to get rid of static using items around your house.
Keep socks with their mates
A drawer full of mismatched socks, no more! Safety pin each pair of socks together before tossing them in the wash. It will make folding laundry afterward a breeze and keep single socks from being eaten by your dryer (or wherever those lone socks disappear to). Try it with gloves, too! (We bet you’ve never thought of these brilliant ways to use bobby pins.)
Create DIY picture hangers
Any flea market find can become cute wall decor, even without a nail and hammer. Hot glue a safety pin to the back of the frame, making a little hook to mount on your wall. These little details reveal what your house says about you.
Keep curtains closed
No matter where you stay, it seems like those hotel curtains never completely close, leaving a shaft of bright light to disrupt your beauty sleep. On your next business trip or vacation, pack a safety pin to hold the curtains closed and eliminate that awful glare. You’ll finally catch some much-needed z’s. (Here’s why you always seem to sleep worse on vacation.)
When you’re surrounded by people at a crowded event or in a city, it’s easy to get distracted and lose track of your most valuable belongings. Protect against pickpocketing by safety pinning the zipper of your purse to a strap or the purse’s fabric. That will make it harder for thieves to sneakily poke through your bag, and will give you peace of mind as you go about your day.
Make samples last longer
Samples of ointments, lotions, or makeup can get gunky and dry if you tear the package open or even snip a corner. Instead, try poking a hole in one side of the pack with a safety pin. The cream will come out much more sparingly, and you’re guaranteed to extend its shelf life. Just make sure to mind their expiration dates.
Elongate a necklace
Your favorite necklace isn’t hanging just right for the neckline on your outfit? Never fear! With one easy step, you can wear that one necklace two ways. String a few safety pins to the fastener of your jewelry, and that choker becomes a longer necklace.
Replace a broken zipper or button
There is never a convenient time for the tab on your zipper to break off, or for your shirt to lose a button. For a quick (but temporary!) fix, you can easily attach a safety pin to hold the outfit together. Here’s how to fix almost all your wardrobe snafus on the fly.