10 Very Clever Ways to Reuse Pool Noodles

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10 ays to Reuse Pool Noodle
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So what do you do with pool noodles once summer is over? You could store these tall, awkwardly-shaped bits of polyethylene foam for next season, or repurpose them into these 10 useful everyday home hacks.

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turn a pool noodle into a knee pad
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Kneel Comfortably

You can spend $8 on a knee pad from Home Depot or Amazon, but why? Pool noodles are made from the same polyethylene foam, and you can make this pool noodle knee rest in less time than it would take to drive to the store. Instructions: Cut a pool noodle into three 1-foot segments and secure them together, side by side, using a large rubber band or twine.

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use pool noodles to keep boots upright
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Keep Your Boots Upright

Floppy boots look untidy, and, in the winter, they don't dry evenly. Pool noodles are a cheap way to keep your boots neat and upright in your closet. As an added bonus, the polyethylene foam absorbs moisture to help boots dry quicker. Instructions: Cut pool noodles 4-6 inches longer than the height of your boots. Rest the pool noodle segments inside of your boots to keep them straight and absorb moisture.

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turn a pool noodle into a wrist pad
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Rest Your Wrists When Typing

You can spend upwards of $20 for a keyboard wrist wrest, or you can make this pool noodle version for free! Instructions: Cut an 8-12 inch segment from a pool noodle, depending on the size of your keyboard. Cut the pool noodle segment in half; so that the flat side rests firmly against your desk or table.

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use a pool noodle to keep a drawer organized
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Keep Drawer Organizers in Place

This pool noodle hack is perfect to keep drawer organizers in place. Instructions: Cut 3-6 inches from the end of a pool noodle, depending on the depth of your drawer, and then place it between the back of the drawer and your drawer organizer.

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turn a pool noodle into a flashlight holder
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Secure Your Flashlight

Trying to angle a flashlight into a dark space while you're working is challenging, but having the flashlight roll away is downright frustrating. Instructions: Cut a 4-8 inch segment of pool noodle, depending on the length of your flashlight. Bisect the pool noodle segment so that it can accommodate your flashlight. Mount the lighting rig to a banister, shelf or any other surface to hold your flashlight securely.

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use a pool noodle on a hanger to keep pants straight
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Prevent Pants From Creasing

Keep your hanger from creasing your dress slacks with this pool noodle hack. Instructions: Cut a 1-foot segment from a pool noodle before bisecting the section with scissors or an X-Acto knife. Insert a hanger between the cut so that the pool noodle rests on the clothing hanger.

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use a pool noodle to prevent paint brushes messes
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Hold Your Paintbrushes

Where do you put drippy paintbrushes, especially when you want to minimize the mess during a DIY project? Try this pool noodle paintbrush holder! Instructions: Cut a 6-inch segment from a pool noodle before bisecting the section of pool noodle to mount to a square dish. Cut 2-3 inch slits to accommodate the handles of your paint brushes.

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use a pool noodle on the edges of a table
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Protect Kids From Sharp Edges

Whether you want to protect your table during an upcoming move, or protect visiting grandchildren from your table — this pool noodle trick is a cheap way to ensure everyone and everything stays safe. Instructions: Cut a pool noodle into eight 4-8 inch segments. Bisect each of the segments with a box cutter to accommodate the edges of a table before mounting the pool noodle sections around the corners.

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