There’s recently been a bit of a bobby pin revelation: apparently, we’ve been using them wrong all this time!
The wavy bit should, in fact, face our scalp, not the other way around – who knew?!
This got me thinking: just how many other ways can we use bobby pins? We at Expert Home Tips put our heads together, and turns out, there’s a whole variety of ways you can repurpose these everyday items.
Here are 19 of our favourite:
1. Use up every last bit of toothpaste
There’s nothing more frustrating than wrestling with your toothpaste tube, trying to get those last little bits out.
Use a bobby pin, and you won’t have to struggle at all. Pop it on to the end of the tube, and push it down each time you brush your teeth. It’ll squeeze your tube completely dry, so there will be no waste at all.
2. Use a bobby pin to perfectly pit cherries & olives
Pips can be a pain to remove, but they really don’t have to be.
A bobby pin is the perfect size and has the flexibility needed to push the pits in olives and cherries clean out. They’re much easier to incorporate into meals and dessert without those pesky pits in the way.
3. Go dotty for spotty nail art
Think nail art has to be a complicated affair? Think again!
A super cute and super simple, spotty nail art design can be perfectly done using a bobby pin.
Just dip the round, smooth plastic end of the clip into the nail varnish, and get dotting.
4. Use bobby pins when sewing
Pins can be really fiddly to get in and out of fabric. A great substitute for these are hair pins, which are easy to slide over two pieces of fabric, holding them perfectly together for accurate sewing.
5. Fasten food items with spare bobby pins
Used up all your food clips? Or perhaps you don’t even have any? No problem, as bobby pins make an excellent fastener.
Fold down the opening of the food bag several times, then slide the pins over to fasten – simple!
6. Reset electrical items
Sometimes no amount of shaking, waiting or throwing will get those complicated electrical items working again.
Often, a press of that tiny red reset button is all it takes to sort them out, the only problem is, how do you get to it?
The answer? A bobby pin of course! It’s the perfect size, and unlike a pin, has a round end so you won’t cause any damage.
7. Use a bobby pin to unclog drains
No one likes the rather filthy task of unblocking a drain.
Don’t let the blockage pile up: use your pin to push through the drain in your sink and unclog any built up debris.
8. Bobby pins are great for hanging wet clothes
Used up all your clothespins? Not to worry, as bobby pins are just as good.
You may struggle to push them over thick wooly jumpers, but they’re great for pants, socks and hankies – just try it if you don’t believe me!
9. Replace a tatty bookmark
I love to read, and get through my bookmarks very quickly as a result.
A great alternative is to slide a bobby pin over the page you finished on.
Unlike new bookmarks, chances are, you’ll have a spare one hiding in your hair you can use. Even better, they last for ages.
10. Add the finishing tie touch
There’s nothing that ruins a smart look like the underside of your tie flailing around.
This is easier fixed than you may think, even if you don’t have a tie pin. Slide a pin over both ends of the tie, and voilà: it’ll stay in place all day long.
11. Use your bobby pins for flawless falsies
I am useless at applying false lashes. The hardest part for me? Adding just the right amount of glue.
This can be easily remedied with the help of – you guessed it – a bobby pin. Dip the end in the glue, and use it to dab on the perfect amount of glue to the lashes, then apply as usual.
12. Fasten a loose belt end
Whether it’s the belt loop that’s snapped off, or the lack of one to begin with, a loose belt end can completely ruin a look.
You can fasten it into place with a simple trick: slide a bobby pin over the leather and your belt end will stay perfectly in place.
13. Use a handy bobby pin to fasten a bracelet
Delicate jewellery certainly looks pretty, but my gosh it can be difficult to do up.
There’s no need to ask a sighing friend for help, as you can use a bobby pin to make fastening much easier.
Slide the clasp over the bobby pin, then place on the underside of your wrist, right in the centre. Hold the pin in place with your fingers, and this will prevent the bracelet from sliding away when you go to fasten the clasp.
14. Use bobby pins to get killer-contouring
Have you heard of contouring? This is a brand new makeup trend that uses various shades of makeup to produce a more defined, ‘contoured’ look.
The proper tools needed can cost a fair bit, but we’ve got a handy trick using bobby pins that will save you loads of money:
By sliding pins over your brushes in different ways, you’ll be able to pinch the bristles together, producing a more compact, angular brush shape, perfect for contouring!
15. Open a package without damaging your nails
If you’ve already read my article on How to get long & strong nails, the easy way, you’ll know using your nails ‘as tools’ should be avoided at all costs.
To help put this into practice, opt for a bobby pin instead of your nails when sliding open packages or envelopes.
16. Keep wool wound up nicely
Are you a fond knitter? It’s such a relaxing and therapeutic hobby, at least, until your wool winds up in a knotty mess.
Prevent this from happening by using a bobby pin to fasten the end. Just push the bobby pin around the strand and into the ball – much like you would when fastening your hair.
17. Hang Christmas ornaments – the easy way
Christmas may be over for now, but this tip is definitely worth bearing in mind for next year.
If you don’t have the time – or patience – to spend ages tieing string through the loops of your baubles, try using bobby pins instead.
Slide them over the metal bauble hoops, then over branches. They’ll hold firmly in place, and their natural colouring means they’re barely visible at all.
18. Bobby pins make great paper clips
Has your partner ever moaned at you for leaving your bobby pins everywhere? Next time they do, tell them they make amazing paper clips, so in fact, you’re doing them a big favour.
Once they’ve tried it, they’ll never want to use flimsy old paper clips again!
19. Mark the point your tape ends
What’s the longest you’ve ever spent finding the end of your tape? 2 minutes? 5? Longer? This can be extremely frustrating, and a quick bobby pin hack can make things much easier.
When you’re done using your tape from now on, wrap a little of the end around a bobby pin. When you next want to use it, the end will be clearly visible and easy to pull away.
Who knew there were so many great uses for bobby pins? Do you have any more? Tell us about them below if so!