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Who would have thought that a single piece of string could have so many different uses?
From repairing phone charger wires to removing a stuck ring from a finger, there are so many brilliant tricks that you never knew existed.
FEMAIL reveals the genius hacks that a single piece of thread is capable of from stopping a dripping tap to applying eyeliner with perfect precision - these simple and efficient tricks are life-changing.
Repair an iPhone wire
Charger: If your iPhone cord is ripped or teared, you can wrap string around the wire starting from the middle and working your way up
Cord: Once the string is wound tightly around the wire, glue it at the top, and it's as good as new
Unfortunately, due to constant use and taking it everywhere, iPhone charging cords are prone to wear and tear.
Luckily, if your iPhone charger is ripping or tearing at the top, there's a fix for it and you don't have to break the bank.
Simply wrap a piece of string around the wire starting from the middle, wrapping it all the way around to the top, covering the rip.
Then, put a drop of glue and stick the end of the string on it. Let it sit for a minute and you're good to go. The wire will be sealed and won't experience anymore tearing.
Stop a dripping tap
Leak: Fix a dripping tap by tying a string around the faucet and letting the water droplets be absorbed by the string
Most people have experienced a dripping or leaking tap in their home and know how annoying it is, especially the sound it makes.
No matter how many times you twist the faucet off as hard as you can, a drip just can't seem to stop, but you can easily fix this nuisance.
To stop a dripping tap, simply tie a string loop around the top of the faucet and knot it, allowing the rest of the long piece of string hang down into the sink.
The leak will drip into the string, which absorbs the water, and if you let the bottom of the string sit in the drainer, the water will flush right out.
Get rid of a sweater pull
Fix: Easily repair any pull or tear in a sweater with a needle and a string
Brand new: By using the needle, it pushes the string through the sweater, taking the pull with it and turning it inside out so the sweater looks brand new
There is no worse feeling than donning a brand new sweater only to have it get caught on something and causing a pull.
Once there is a pull in the sweater, where a piece of the fabric sticks out of the top and the threading is cinched, it seems like there is no possible fix.
No matter how hard you try to stretch the sweater to bring it back to its original shape, it doesn't go back to what it was, but instead of giving up there's a special trick.
If there's a tear in your sweater from a purse or getting stuck on something, simply take a needle with thread and push the material that's sticking out, back into the sweater.
After you've pushed the needle through the top to the opposite side, pull the string through the back, bringing the broken stitch with it, and you're sweater is good to go.
Remove a stuck ring
Rings: To take off a tight ring that seems impossible to remove, take a needle and thread, pull the thread under the ring and wrap around finger up until the knuckle and pull string
Taking a stuck ring off a swollen finger no longer has to feel like a Chinese finger trap thanks to this simple hack.
While there are many myths about how to remove a stuck ring from a finger, like dish soap or baby powder, nothing every truly works and if it does, it usually takes a long time.
If you've ever experienced a ring getting stuck on your finger from swollen hands or if a ring just doesn't fit, then the feeling of trying to pull the ring off and struggling is super frustrating, so try this hack next time a ring is stuck.
Stick a needle with thread through the back of the ring in between the back of the finger and the ring and then pull the needle and string through.
After that, wrap the thin string all the way up the finger to just above the top of the knuckle. Then, pull the string from the bottom and watch as it unravels itself and pulls the ring up and off the finger.
Apply liquid eyeliner perfectly
Eyeliner: Applying eyeliner has never been easier with this hack - color the string and wiggle it on your eyelid
Stencil: Once the outline from the string is put in place, fill it in with the eyeliner and get perfectly precises cat eyes
One of the hardest things to do is to apply liquid eyeliner perfectly and in one straight line.
Even if you perfectly apply liner to one eye, the other eye just never seems to come out as well as the first. So, if you want to make a stencil to perfect your liner, then follow this effective hack.
Take a thin piece of string and using the eyeliner, color a section of the string with the makeup.
Then, take the thread to the eyelid where you want to apply the makeup and run it back and forth in the corner of the eye, moving it as far out as you want it to be, whether it's a cat-eye or just a regular line.
By doing this, it creates an outline of where the eyeliner should go, then all you have to do is go back with the eye pencil and color in the lines.
Make your gloves touchscreen-friendly
Sewing: Take an old pair of gloves and purchase any color of metallic thread or string and sew little patches on the index fingers and thumbs of each hand
Technology: The metallic string on the gloves instantly allows you to use and touch your phone and the thread makes the gloves texting-friendly
This is quite possibly the most genius hack ever and can be done to any old pair of gloves you have lying around the house.
Instead of spending a ton of money on new gloves that have technology fingers that allow you to text or gloves that have cut-off fingers with a mitten cover, try this hack.
This allows you to completely transform the gloves you already own into texting gloves, so that you never have to endure freezing cold hands to check your phone, again.
All you have to do is take a pair of gloves that you already own and buy some metallic thread, in whatever color you please.
Then, using a needle and thread, take a piece of the metallic string and thread a little area on the index finger and thumb of the glove, and you instantly have texting gloves.
Cut perfect slices of food
Knife: String can also be used as an easy and safe cutting tool, simply hold either side of the string and press firmly to get perfect slices
It is super frustrating when trying to cut foods into slices and having the pieces come out jagged and not all the same, which is why this hack is genius.
A string can also basically be used as a knife and will give a perfect cut every time you go to slice something.
Whether it's cold cuts, cheese, bread, or especially cake that you're trying to cut and divide into perfect slices to hand out to multiple people, this hack will definitely come in handy.
Simply grab one piece of string, preferably thicker than thread so it doesn't rip, and grip both sides of the string tightly.
Next, push through whatever needs to be cut. Instantly you have perfectly precise slices that are great to put on a charcuterie platter and your friends will certainly be impressed.
Zip up the back of a dress
Zipper: When a zipper starts very low on the back of the dress, it's almost impossible to zip it up yourself, so tie a string around the zipper and pull it up
This is one of the most frustrating everyday life tasks. When wearing a dress or blouse with a low back zipper, it seems nearly impossible to zip it up on your own.
Zipping the back of a dress is unbelievably tough and annoying if you have no one with you to help.
Trying to pull it up just ends up in contorting your body and getting a back cramp from stretching so far.
So, if the zipper is far down on the back, before putting on the clothing, tie a single strand of long string to the zipper, then put on the clothes.
Once the outfit is on and the string is fastened to the zipper, grab hold of the long thread and simply pull it up and you'll be zipped up and ready to go in seconds.
Open taped-up packages
Boxes: When wrapping or sending a package, lay a long piece of string down on the box and cover it with duct tape, leaving little pieces of string on either side to make it easy to pull off
Sending a package just got a whole lot easier. Never reach for the scissors or a knife to open a package again.
When opening packages, it's usually tough to rip off all of the paper on the box. From the duct tape, which is usually triple-wrapped, to all of the stickers and shipping labels, it's a hassle.
So, use this hack the next time you're sending a package or sealing a box, it will save a lot of time and energy.
When sealing a box, shut all of the flaps and place a piece of string along the opening, leaving little pieces of string on the outsides.
Next, take a piece of duct tape or packaging tape and place it on top, tapping it and securing it in place.
Then, when it's time to open the package, simply pull on the string on either side of the box and it perfectly opens the tape and box.
Open a locked car door
Unlock: If keys are lost and you need to get into your locked car, tie a slip knot and slip it into the car door wiggling both sides of the string till it unlocks
If you've lost your keys or locked them inside of your car before, then you know how devastating the feeling is, which is why this hack is so great.
First, you need to make a slip knot out of string. To do that, hold the string with two hands leaving 12 inches in between. Then form a loop by taking the string from your right hand and bringing under the left hand so that the string crosses.
After that, hold the spot where the two strings cross with your left hand and take your right hand, put it through the loop and grab the left side string, pulling it back through the loop.
Let go of your left hand, grab both ends of the hanging string and pull your hands away from each other, forming a slip knot. Once it's formed, it's time to unlock the door and get in the vehicle.
Using the slip knot, hold either side of the string with two hands and wiggle the string back and forth into the car door until the door pops open.
Remove acrylic nails
Nails: Easily remover acrylic nails by using a very thin thread under the cuticle of the nail and pull the string back and forth until the nail pops up
While this definitely isn't the safest way to get rid of acrylic nails, it's definitely the easiest and fastest route.
For anyone who has had acrylic nails, you know the feeling of the acrylic nails outgrowing your regular nail bed and looking ugly, making you want to take the fake nails off immediately.
Removing acrylic nails is actually a long process and you have to go to a nail salon to remove them as they are shaved, filed, and buffered down.
Now, you don't ever have to leave the house to take off your nails. All you have to do is either use a piece of floss or a very thin piece of string.
Then, you can place it at the bottom of the nail and wiggle the string back and forth until the nail pops right off.
Water the plants
Gardener: Easily water the plants while on vacation by putting one end of the string in the potted plant and the other end in a jar of water
Going on vacation can be tough sometimes if you have a lot of chores to be done while you're away. One of the most annoying things to take care of is plants because they constantly need to be watered.
Now you don't have to ask your neighbors to water your plants anymore, because this amazing hack waters your plants for you over a period of time.
If you need help watering your plants while you're away on vacation, a string and a cup of water is all you need.
Simply dig a hole in the soil of the potted plant using either a straw or a finger to poke a hole.
Then, place a piece of string in the hole and put the other side of the string in a cup of water. The string will absorb the water on one side and feed the plant on the other.
Create an in-case-of emergency bracelet
Safety: Use string to make a bracelet with your phone number on it for your children to wear in case of an emergency
Another amazing use for string is for parents that want to make sure their kids are safe and it's seriously brilliant.
If there are any important numbers you want your kids to remember, whether it be phone numbers, locker combinations, or addresses, simply put them on a string so they never forget.
The smart idea came from Instructables, and it is such a simple and cute way to make sure your child never forgets your phone number in case of an emergency.
To make a beaded bracelet with the phone number on it, simply buy some beads with the numbers you want and some decorative ones as well, so it doesn't make it obvious.
Then string the beaded digits on and tie the string to the child's wrist. To everyone else it will look like a kitschy little bracelet, but really it's a lifesaver.
Take a break while swinging your kid
Relax: Take a break while you swing your child around by tying a string to the swing set and sitting in your favorite chair while tugging on the string once in awhile
This hilarious hack, also provided by Instructables, is perfect for the parents that want to play with their kids and give them attention, but are just too tired.
If your child has been asking you to swing them around all day long and you feel bad because you're not up to it, no problem.
This trick allows you to care for your child and swing them when they want, all while taking a break and relaxing.
All you have to do is tie an extra long piece of string to the swing, preferably a thick piece, and measure how far you want it to be according to where you would like to sit and relax.
Once you've tied the string to the swing according to where you'll be sitting, simply sit in your favorite chair and tug at the string once in awhile, so that everybody is happy and it's a win win situation.
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