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14 Wacky Uses for Glad® Flexible Straws

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  1. Remove stems from strawberries. After rinsing the strawberries clean in water, fluff up the stem of a single strawberry, and place your thumb over one end of a Glad drinking straw to cover the hole. Push the free end of the plastic drinking straw through the middle bottom of the strawberry. Continue pushing the straw through the strawberry toward the stem until it pops off. Remove the straw.
  2. Unclog a freshly opened ketchup bottle. Insert a Glad Flexible Straw all the way into the bottle to add air and start the ketchup flowing.
  3. Blow bubbles. Diagonally cut the end of a Glad Flexible Straw, dip into bubble soap, and blow.
  4. Prevent strings on pull toys from getting tangled. Run the string through one or more Glad Flexible Straws and knot it at the end.


  5. Extend the spout of an oil can. Put a Glad Flexible Straw over the end of the spout of an oil can to reach tight spots.
  6. Prevent tangles in fine chain jewelry. Run the chain through a length of Glad Flexible Straw and fasten the catch.
  7. String plastic straw necklaces. Instead of using macaroni, let the kids cut up Glad Flexible Straws and run a string of yarn through them to make necklaces.
  8. Hang a picture frame wire over the hook in the wall. Cut a section from a plastic drinking straw and place it over the end of the hook to lengthen it. Hang the wire over the straw, let it slide down to the hook, and remove the straw.
  9. Prevent the flush chain in the toilet tank from getting sucked under the flapper. Thread the chain through a plastic drinking straw cut to the desired length.
  10. Rescue a contact lens accidentally dropped down a sink drain. Using Scotch tape, make a long stick from 2 or 3 plastic drinking straws and attach a cotton ball at one end. Insert the end of the stick with the cotton ball down the drain and fish for the contact lens, which will stick to the cotton.


  11. Elongate flower stems that are too short for a vase. Insert the flower stem into a Glad Flexible Straw cut to whatever length you need.
  12. Make croquet wickets visible on the lawn. Run the wickets through Glad Flexible Straws before sticking them in the ground.
  13. Improvise an eyedropper. Insert a Glad Flexible Straw into the liquid, cover the open end of the straw with your finger, and lift. The liquid will stay in the straw until you release your finger.
  14. Mark a stitch when knitting. Cut a one-eighth inch length from a Glad Flexible Straw and use as a ring to mark a stitch on needles up to size ten.
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