Thursday, October 29, 2009

Quick Tip — The Versatile Band-Aid

I think we've all had our own "MacGyver" moments. You've got a problem and all you have to work with is a paper clip, a rubber band and piece of discarded gum you found wadded up in a wrapper on your car floor.

Or maybe that's just me.

ANYway. I've become rather proficient at turning the ubiquitous adhesive bandage—A.K.A. the Band-Aid—into a multi-functional powerhouse. I got in the habit of keeping band-aids with me because certain shoes would slip and slide off my heels, giving me at best, a blister and at worst, a bloody mess. Charming. Aside from first aid uses, though, I also carry them for other purposes.

Here's a run down of some of the uses I've found for these handy, portable miracle workers.

I have a pair of jeans that have a tag in the back that drives me nuts. If I don't have a shirt tucked in, the tag is scratchy and irritating. (It's not the kind of tag I can remove.) So I cover it with a band-aid—literally apply the band-aid to the jeans, not to me. That way when the jeans move, the solution moves with it.

Same principle goes for shirts I've had with an irritating seam. Sometimes I'll attach the band-aid directly to the shirt. OR I'll just stick it to my skin at the site.

This is especially helpful with bras. I've had some where one edge, usually at the wire, will irritate my skin. Easy solution—apply a band-aid to that spot on my skin. Or if the strap is a problem, either at a seam or the if slider is scratchy, just wrap a band-aid around the irritating section of strap and problem is solved.

I've even used a band-aid to fix a hem on my pants. Worked like a charm.

What about you? What kinds of MacGyver tricks do you have, either with band-aids or some other object? Share your tips in the comments!

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