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Viral Rubber Band Life Hacks TESTED

December 12, 2019

Rubber bands are great, and life hacks are great, and rubber band life hacks
are especially great. And today, we’re gonna try out
10 of them to see which one’s work, and which ones don’t. [Captions by Judy V. at Y Translator]
[Music] [Music] Here’s the basic idea. We’ve got 10 rubber band based
life hacks that have appeared in several different viral videos. We’re gonna put them to the test, and see which one’s hold up
and which ones fall flat. Can you use a rubber band
as a pencil eraser? I’ve written the same thing twice. And for the first one, I’ll use the eraser that
comes with this pencil, and for the second one, I’ll use a couple
of different rubber bands, and see how well they’ll erase it. [Music] I gotta tell you. I was a little surprised
at how well this one worked. We had slightly different results with our two different
types of rubber bands. So your mileage may vary. But overall, I think the rubber bands
did almost as good of a job as the eraser that came on the pencil. I would say that rubber bands
as a pencil eraser works pretty well. If you have a stripped
screw in a piece of wood, can you use a rubber band to increase the
grip between the screwdriver and the screw? The idea is we can fit the
rubber band over the head of the screw and the rubber will help give extra grip
between the screwdriver and the screw. This screw is pretty thoroughly stripped, and I can’t really back this screw out. So let’s see if we can get
any added grip with the rubber. [Music] Well I wasn’t able to back the screw out, and it felt like in about one second, I had stabbed and cut my way
right through the rubber band. Can sort of see there’s a cross-shaped
hole in this rubber band now. Let’s try it again with both sides of the
rubber band for extra grippiness. Oh, I think I cut through
both of them already. Yep already cut through both sides
of the rubber band at once. In my experience, if a screw
gets completely stripped, a rubber band is not going
to solve your problem. You’re going to need to use specialized
tools designed for removing screws that have been stripped away. Using a rubber band as a bookmark. In every video, I’ve seen
that shows this life hack, the rubber band is stretched
all the way around the open book to keep your place where you’re reading. I’m going to try this with both a
paperback and hardcover book. [Music] This hack is that you can easily open
your book back to where you were, and just continue reading. [Music] This does technically work. A rubber band, it does
keep your place in the book. You can open it back up, but it only a couple minutes
of having the rubber band on there, it started to leave a dent mark in the
pages where it’s compressing them. It’s also very easy
for the rubber band to catch the edge of
the paper and fold it over. On some books like this one, the pages have sort of
this decorative silver edge, and I don’t know what it
would do to that over time, but I can’t imagine
it would be all the great. You know what else works
really well as a bookmark? Literally any scrap of paper. [Music] Book marked. Can you use rubber bands
to secure a pot lid onto the pot while it’s full of something? We’re gonna test this out with
some delicious water stew. Pot mostly full of water. Lid that stays on, but may not be super
resistant to sloshing. [Music] Let’s give it a good slosh. [Music] Popped right off. Tons of water everywhere. Let’s test if that’s something
we can stop using rubber bands. In the videos where
I’ve seen this life hack, the lid is secured by
using two rubber bands. Each one goes around
one of the handles of the pot, and the handle of the lid. That seems like it could work. Often the pot lids have
more of a button style handle, which would make the rubber bands
grip onto it even better than they are here. However, this already seems
like it’s doing a decent job. Let’s go give it our slosh test. [Music] Little bit still escape out the side, so it’s not holding it on
pressed down super hard. Let’s give it the big slosh. [Music] Well, water still managed to escape, but the lid is still on. If tipped for just a second, not much water comes out. So let’s say you’re carrying it and oops… Well, you lost a little bit, but let’s try that same
test with no rubber bands. All right you’re carrying it,
and drop it for just a second. That’s a lot worse without rubber bands. A rubber band stretched
around a roll of toilet paper, in theory, you can pull out
the tube in the middle, and then have a handy little dispenser that works a lot like a tissue box. Well, on this role and pretty much
every roll of toilet paper I’ve ever used, the toilet paper is actually
glued onto the roll itself. It means that so far,
this is a little difficult. [Music] Yes, progress. Sort of. [Music] All right, finally got that roll out. Now, we should be able to
just pull the inside. We have a sort of tissue dispenser, break off what you need, blow your nose, break off more, blow your nose. This works okay here
at the beginning of the roll. Let’s see what happens
when we get near the end, and it still has a
rubber band wrapped around it. [Music] This is really good use of toilet paper. [Music] Our rubber band is now
collapsing our container. Still dispensing. Well, not anymore. [Music] Rubber band has now
collapsed our container to the point where it doesn’t dispense. [Music] Now it’s not even attached. With the rubber band
around the roll of toilet paper, you can pull the toilet paper
out of the middle, but unlike a tissue box,
it’s not a one-handed operation. You need to use one hand to pull, and then another hand to
break off how much you want. My biggest issue with this method is
that if you already need two hands, then just use two hands, and it stays nice and contained. It’s on a roll. This is exactly as easy or difficult
as it was to pull it out of the middle. It’s not gonna end up
squishing itself down flat to the point where if you try
and pull one it lifts the whole roll. In my opinion, using a rubber band to turn
a roll of toilet paper into a tissue dispenser is much more difficult
than just using the roll, and completely pointless. By wrapping a rubber band
around the handle of some pliers, you have some convenient little
pinchers that will hold small things while you work on them. [Music] I love this. This is simple and this is clever,
and it works really well in my opinion. These pliers even naturally spring open. They’ve got a little spring built
into them that holds them apart, but when that’s not what we want, a rubber band easily
overcomes that spring, and they just hold things nicely together. This is definitely something I will use. After cutting an apple, you can use a rubber band
to hold the pieces together, so it doesn’t turn brown
between cutting and eating. We’re gonna try two different tests. One with a cut and rubber-banded apple
next to a cut and laying open apple to see how they compare
in terms of turning brown. [Music] After about four hours, there’s only a slight difference in color between the apple that
was sitting open on a countertop, and the one that was being
held closed with the rubber band. The other test will be a
cut and rubber-banded apple, and a cut apple placed back together and both in Ziploc bags, and we’re gonna let
that one go overnight. [Music] Here’s the apple that had the rubber band, and here’s the apple that didn’t. Using a rubber band to attach
a cloth to a wooden spoon so you can use it for dusting. Well, you can attach it. That part is definitely true. [Music] It works but I don’t get it. You know what else works? Just the cloth without the
spoon or the rubber band. You can dust things with just the cloth. Possibly just as well and probably better. You can see the mark where you
have the exposed cloth on the spoon, and that was dusting,
and that part is so dirty that it stopped picking
up the dust really quickly. And sure that means we need
to dust our blinds more, but if you’re just holding the cloth, you can use all of the cloth for dusting. I think it’s way more likely that the
best way to clean is just use the cloth. Just wipe the dust up with that. It works just as well, if not better. This to me is just absurd. The basic idea is that if you’re
going to be going in and out of a door that tends to close and latch by itself, you can use a rubber band
stretched between the doorknobs to hold the latch down. This can prevent it from latching
and easily let you go in and out as much as you need. On this particular door, the door knobs are wide enough. The rubber band is missing the latch, but a quick fix for that is just
to twist the rubber band once. If a single rubber band isn’t holding
the latch down far enough, just throw on a second. [Music] The rubber bands do a great job
and depending on your door, you may need more than one or two
but I would say this definitely works. Say your hose has sprung a leak, and it’s spraying water
where you don’t want it to, can you use rubber bands
to stop that leak? The idea is that by wrapping several
rubber bands tightly around the hose right where it’s leaking, you can actually stop the
leak from happening. It’s quite a few rubber bands and they’re
Twisted on there quite a few times. [Music] It’s still leaking. Maybe I need more rubber bands. [Music] Waters flowing to the hose. [Music] Well, it looks like we may
have stopped up the leak. At this point, I would say that
maybe this is a useful life hack. It did stop up our little leak. It wasn’t a very big leak. But there is one other issue. What if your leak doesn’t happen
right at the very end of the hose? What if your leak happens
more in the middle? How hard or easy would
it be to fix a leak right there? To stop up this leak, we had to use a lot of rubber bands, and they had to be on there pretty tight. We were able to just wrap
and wrap the rubber bands because we were right
near the end of the hose, but if our leak is 12 feet into the hose… [Music] That’s one. I need to do 15 more of those. I think it would probably be faster to
just run to the store and buy a new hose. That would take less time than stringing
all 15 tightly round rubber bands over 12 feet of hose. I would say if you have a small leak
near one end of the hose or the other, you might be able to do an
okay repair using rubber bands. I would say that if your leak
is more than about six inches from the end of the hose, it’s not going to be worth the effort. I think you’d be better off using
something like some strong duct tape or maybe a bicycle patch. Rubber bands are great, and there are a lot of cool life
hacks you can do with them. Some of them work amazingly
well and are super useful. Some of them are pointless
or don’t even work. There are hundreds or
thousands of life hacks out there, and we want to start
testing some of them. Let us know what life hacks
you want to see us try. Some of them are gonna be great, and some are gonna be total junk. We want to figure out which is which. Guys, there’s still more for you to see. That box up at the top will transport
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  • Reply Quescar August 2, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Man that water stew is delicious ?

  • Reply Weirdo Junko August 2, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Anyone watching th8s in 2019 ?

  • Reply William Eadie August 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    or you can use flex tape to patch the hose

  • Reply Cube Of Doom C.O.D August 4, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Me: Hi what are you doing?
    Nate: Wasting TP, breaking my water hose. Thats it, how bout you?
    Me: ohhhhh. Im just went to buy TP and watered my plants. o_o

  • Reply Jerich Bluecoat August 5, 2019 at 1:02 am

    11:04 why not tape
    Edit:I said that too soon

  • Reply Jack Farquhar August 7, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Use rubber bands to make a sling shot for eggs

  • Reply Gaming Fun August 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    You know what else works literally anything that is smaller then the book

  • Reply GamerAllen :] August 7, 2019 at 11:32 pm


  • Reply Jamie Wilmot August 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    11:00 the way I've used the hack is to wrap a few rubber bands around and then use a bit of cloth tape or duct tape, the rubber bands mean that the tape holds up better that just it going directly on

  • Reply Quan Matthew August 9, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Rest in peace the true king of random????????

  • Reply King Miggy August 10, 2019 at 3:40 am


  • Reply snakebite0909 August 10, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Kid: what are we having for dinner

    Mom: we are having water stew

  • Reply That Lesbian August 11, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Whos here after Grant's death and is rewatching videos to cope? Me… ??

  • Reply SquidProQuo August 12, 2019 at 3:30 am

    better yet, a featherduster

  • Reply The Game Overlord August 12, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Pice of paper….BoOk MaRkEd!?!?!

    jUsT uSe ThE cLoTh

  • Reply Buzz Music August 12, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    9:06 lol I watched the og life hack vid but it's for preventing a baby stuck inside a toilet XD

  • Reply Brandon Peters August 13, 2019 at 5:30 am

    U waisted so much water stew

  • Reply flipy FLIPY! August 14, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Unpopular opinion: I feel like mate is way happier when he doesn't have the girl around him it's like he's pissed off when she is in the vid. Idk but that's what I feel

  • Reply Sergio Solórzano August 14, 2019 at 4:49 am

    11:08 using duck tape better

  • Reply Jens Huib August 14, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    my bedroom door is broken so I probably wont need those rubber bands :p

  • Reply Lesley Young August 15, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Hahhaha, ?Oh Nate. Using rubber bands as an eraser, a grip for striped screws, toilet paper holder and all the rest. I didn't realize there was potential for danger, but clearly you did, as you were wearing gloves throughout the video.

  • Reply Ryan Vitrano August 18, 2019 at 12:29 am

    “ I saw this boat in Half” from a commercial for flex tape

  • Reply Jonny Deng August 21, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Tape for hose

  • Reply brian fuller August 24, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Could you try making a toilet paper dispenser with an electronic motor and rubber band

  • Reply MEGA HAIR August 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Rip sorry for your loss

  • Reply Aaron Gonzalez August 25, 2019 at 5:27 am

    just saying, ive used a rubber band to get a stripped screw out. but I used a smaller one from my ceiling fan assembly. and i used a drill

  • Reply capcaunita August 25, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Water stew.

  • Reply Doc Doc August 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Why not just try pulling really quickly. Pull it off really quickly just snap your rest and the toilet paper should come off if you just pull really quickly like super fast

  • Reply Doc Doc August 25, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    You should try some lemon juice on the Apple 2 to help it not turn brown or lime juice also basically citric acid.

  • Reply Aem111607 August 27, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Nate is the tp

    Twilight princess

    Toilet pet

    Teachers pet

  • Reply James Pakianathan August 28, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Why is he wearing gloves

  • Reply Panayiota Vasiliades August 31, 2019 at 4:00 am


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  • Reply Philipp Fuchs September 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm


  • Reply M T September 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm


    put your thumb over it….

  • Reply spaghet cat September 2, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    11:05 or…..


  • Reply Tutorials And reviews September 3, 2019 at 11:17 am

    When Nate goes against every life hack??

  • Reply Minocorp September 11, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    2.36 Nikola Tesla

  • Reply Vincent1324. September 16, 2019 at 3:29 am

    the rubber band gonna rip ur paper

  • Reply Jaël Sam-Tjoe September 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm


  • Reply Clickbait September 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm


  • Reply Parth Dhadke September 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

    mmmmm water stew

  • Reply American1944 September 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Sponsored by Uline and Office Depot.

  • Reply Ben Tv Howman September 22, 2019 at 1:32 am

    The decorative silver also serves a practical use to prevent dust from getting into the pages

  • Reply Blaede Merrell September 23, 2019 at 4:51 am

    The rubber band on the screw does work ??‍♂️ I use it all the time you just need a screwdriver with rounded edges

  • Reply I_Slapped_ Yo_Mama_69 September 24, 2019 at 3:26 am

    to fix a hose that has a hole 12 feet into it use FLEX TAPE especially if you saw a boat in half or a perfectly round hole randomly appears in your P H I S H I E tank

    its legit ALL YOU NEED

  • Reply Bryson Allgood September 25, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Use rubber bands to repeat a hose? No thank you I’ll just use a hose repair kit

  • Reply clive lambert September 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    never blow your nose with toilet roll it has tonnes of little fibres on it and it will give you issues further down the line

  • Reply blu_Cow Boi 44 September 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    two words: Flex Tape

  • Reply Kyle Velentis September 28, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Don't go buy a new hose go get Phil Swift for his Flex tape

  • Reply Sakshi Das September 29, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    wait can you melt a rubber band and mold it into a actual eraser ?

  • Reply Don’t go to my profile Please don’t September 30, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    i know what to use for the hose use flex tape

  • Reply Nic Gamer October 2, 2019 at 6:16 am

    4:50 you could just put the roll on its side and squish it a lot and then you can pull it out!

  • Reply Corbin Garrett October 4, 2019 at 12:13 am

    It really depends on how badly your screw is stripped, cause I've used the rubber band trick many times to get a stripped screw out. It does work, it's just not 100 percent.

  • Reply Deaglan Crawford October 5, 2019 at 12:44 am

    In StEad oF RubBeR bAndS yoU caN USe FleX TapE

  • Reply Lisa Henry October 5, 2019 at 9:06 am

    For the hose one, if the leak is in the middle, you could cut some bands and tie them around the leak

  • Reply Max Cai October 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Wouldn't the rubber band melt if you cooked it?

  • Reply awesome sause October 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Roses are red
    Violets aren't blue I cried at intro and so did you

  • Reply Arctic Gaming October 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    can they fix my relationship tho?

  • Reply Ryleigh Lyon October 13, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Lol I'm so triggered but the bookmarkone I sometimes rip a piece of a page from my Book


  • Reply Ryleigh Lyon October 13, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Takes out huge rubberband ball* the idea, blah blah blah…

  • Reply Panda Girl224 October 14, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I just thought of how water stew would taste and my tongue is so confused

  • Reply Vyolett McIntosh October 14, 2019 at 5:52 am

    half the cmmenv are about water stew, and the other half is about the bookmark part

  • Reply Keagster06 October 14, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    You know what else works?

    Any ? Piece ? of? Scrap? Paper.


    -Nate 2018

  • Reply Mr. Cartoon October 15, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Is it just me or am i trigged because nate was using rubber bands from a rubber band ball?!?!

  • Reply T0talsmiley October 15, 2019 at 9:06 am

    3 words. 5 minute crafts.

  • Reply xXLunar FireXx October 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Lemon juice works wonders for helping to slow down the Browning of a apple

  • Reply skullcandy 767 October 17, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Can you make fire invisible

  • Reply Martin Búci October 18, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    or just use tape

  • Reply Kia :D October 19, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Or you could just use tape for the hose hack one

  • Reply Sydney Stewart October 21, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Duck tape

  • Reply RANdom Guys October 21, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    You can use the bottom of your shoes as an eraser

  • Reply siwwi siwwi October 22, 2019 at 1:38 am

    11:09 or use flex tape

  • Reply Danika Frog October 22, 2019 at 3:43 am

    3:16 yum water stew is my favorite snack for dinner

  • Reply KEY October 22, 2019 at 6:27 am

    2:45.. that hurts ;-;

  • Reply JoeWaylo Gaming October 23, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Erasers are rubber. Rubber bands are rubber. As long as you have a clean rubber band, it can be used or you can try using a brick eraser.

  • Reply Chance Beene November 2, 2019 at 2:28 am

    All I'm saying is I have totally used a rubber band on a stripped screw head on several occasions

  • Reply Kyle Nixon November 4, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Duck tape works just as well if not better

  • Reply ouchfoss November 4, 2019 at 5:14 am

    test 5 minit crafts

  • Reply Joseph Woloszyn November 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Use flex tape for the hose

  • Reply Heather Spangler November 8, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Hot glue ha

  • Reply Sunny Side Up November 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    You know what else works? Literally any scrap piece of paper BOOKMARKED
    You know what else works? Just using the toilet roll as it's intended!
    You know what else works? Just using the cloth!
    You know what else works? Just going to the store and buying a new hose or using strong duct tape!
    Literally Nate out there calling out every single hack!

  • Reply Hood90 NUGGETS November 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm


  • Reply Tae Kim November 13, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Point of rubber band place holder for books is that it won't fall out like a piece of paper.
    Not everyone reads strictly at a desk.

  • Reply Chris Potter November 13, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Kevin should have put rubber bands on his chili pot

  • Reply lily vuong November 14, 2019 at 3:44 am

    For the house cant u just use electrical tape

  • Reply Sword Fastic November 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

    11:07 or use duct tape

  • Reply V-Crazy Productions November 15, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    It’s nice to see some honest life hacks. He really says if they work or not.

  • Reply Woodshadow November 16, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Some of these are interesting but I don't own a single rubber band. To buy rubber bands would require as much whatever product I need to replace

  • Reply Brooke the Artist November 17, 2019 at 12:50 am

    5 minute crafts hacks

  • Reply Tracker HSYT November 18, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Or you can use some electrical tape for the hose too

  • Reply Zeke Bulkley November 18, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    make a computer flote by helium

  • Reply Canadian_Wolf 83 November 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I have a book mark that I will have for my whole life it’s called my memory of what page I’m on

  • Reply randoms girl November 26, 2019 at 5:04 am

    My hose had a leak but we just put tape there

  • Reply Squirrel Eve November 27, 2019 at 2:48 am

    You could also buy rhino tape or flex tape

  • Reply Russell Koutsouros December 1, 2019 at 3:23 am

    you know hose repair kits are a thing

  • Reply Natedog _2170 December 1, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I love Science and it’s so much more better bec we have Nate it’s so awesome

  • Reply Ryan Koby December 5, 2019 at 2:48 am

    11:00 its also called FLEX TAPE!!!

  • Reply YahboyBalls December 9, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Kevin should have put the rubber bands over his famous stew

  • Reply CalmTheF___DownAndDealWithIt 1017 December 10, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Any type of paper.. how about sandpaper 🙂

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