15 Easy Life Hacks with a Pencil

1. Repair Scratch Marks on a Flat Screen TV.

The eraser on the back of your pencil can fix surface scratch marks on your flat-screen TV.

Just make sure that the eraser on your pencil is white. Gently rub the eraser over the scratch marks for a couple of minutes, then wipe off the area with a clean cloth or gentle cleaning solution.

The scratch marks should now be gone!

2. Ease a New Key into a Lock.

Perhaps you lost your key and need a replacement, or maybe you just moved into a new house. You can spend minutes fiddling around with a new key trying to unlock a door.

If this happens to you, take a pencil and rub the tip of it over the teeth of the key. The graphite will act as a dry lubricant.

3. Reset a Modem or Router

Sometimes modems or routers need to be reset. To do this, you usually need a thin sharp object to place into the tiny hole found on the back of the modem or router. Try using a sharpened pencil the next time you find yourself in this situation.

Just be careful not to break the tip of the pencil in the hole.

4. Door Stop.

We all have to step out for a moment time to time to check the mail or grab the newspaper.

A pencil is a handy little tool to keep the door open when you don’t have your keys with you.

5. Protect Walls From Scratches.

Hanging new pictures is exciting, but the frames often tilt and they can even scratch your walls. Take the erasers from four pencils and glue one to each corner on the back of your picture frames.

This will protect your walls from scratches and keep the frames from tilting.

6. Remove Scuff Marks From Vinyl Floors.

Vinyl floors are affordable and durable, but they are notorious for collecting scuff marks left behind from shoes.

You can remove these unsightly smudges from your vinyl floors with the eraser on your pencil it works like a charm.

7. Roll Toothpaste Tube.

We often toss quite a bit of toothpaste out with the tube. Toothpaste tubes tend to get messy and when they’re almost empty, it’s hard to get all the toothpaste out of them.

But you can use an old shortened pencil to roll and squeeze the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube.

8. Improvised Earring Back.

Most women (and men) have lost a back piece of an earring at some point in their lives.

When this happens, you can try to find a safe place to keep the earring until you get home, or use a bit of the eraser from your pencil to temporarily hold the earring intact.

9. Push Back Nail Cuticles.

Your nails say a lot about you. To keep them nice and neat, trim them regularly and use the eraser on the end of a pencil as a cuticle stick.

Gently push back the cuticle following the natural shape of your nail bed. It’s best to do this after you shower, when your cuticles are soft.

10. Remove Sticker Gunk.

A bar code or price sticker is placed pretty much on everything we buy. Trying to remove these stickers can be a nightmare.

After you manage to peel off most of the paper, use the eraser on the back of your pencil and rub it back and forth over the stubborn goo, just as you would on pencil marks.

11. Lubricate a Sticky Zipper.

We all tend to have a favorite hoodie or pair of jeans we wear often, but sometimes the zipper can get a bit stubborn and get stuck.

When this happens, run the tip of a pencil along the teeth of the zipper to lubricate it. Your zipper will be as good as new.

12. Hair Accessory.

While modern hipsters totally rock that man bun, for fun and easy up-dos, girls can use a pencil to hold their buns in place.

Twist your hair around into a bun shape and gently push the tip of your pencil towards your scalp. Run it under the bun along your scalp and poke it back out through the other side.

13. Remove Crayon From Walls.

Most parents encourage their children’s creative abilities, but not when it comes to the living room walls.

Don’t fret! When your children happen to take their art a bit too far, you can use a regular pencil eraser to remove crayon markings from the walls.

14. Clean and Polish Gold Jewelry.

Gold jewelry is
luxurious and valuable, but over time they lose their shine and get a bit dull.

The eraser on your pencil absorbs oil and grime from gold pieces. It’s also small enough to easily and safely buff away any smudges, leaving your jewelry sparkling like new.

15. Repel Moths.

Toxic moth balls are asdreadful as moth infestations itself, not to mention their distinctive strong order. Instead place a sachet or small cloth bag filled with pencil shavings in your closet.

Moths are attracted to soiled fabric, so make sure you always wash your clothes before putting them away.