After you’ve used a pair of wax silicone earplugs to the max, don’t rush to the trash bin to throw them out. Although at some point they lose their initial purpose, which is protecting your ears from noise, it doesn’t mean they become completely useless. Without further ado, here are the 4 unusual ways to use and reuse wax silicone earplugs.
#1 Braces wax
Have you ever heard about orthodontic wax? You’re lucky if you haven’t. The thing is, getting braces for the first time is quite an unpleasant experience. Orthodontists install metal brackets that hold wires running around the teeth in your mouth, and after that you’re supposed to tighten the wire to help straighten the teeth over time.
Imagine living a regular life, and then suddenly getting some piece of metal in your mouth. Of course your cheeks and tongue are gonna be especially sensitive at first! That’s when wax comes in handy. Covering the brackets with wax will help to protect your mouth from irritation and possible abrasions.
Pinch off some wax from the earplug, press it on wherever you need it, and boom! Relief is guaranteed.
Note: to use wax earplugs instead of orthodontic wax, they should be clean (and unused before) and your teeth and brackets should be dry.
#2 Anti-stress ball
Not so long ago there were satisfying slime videos all over the internet, and almost everyone either bought or DIYed them. They’re colorful and have a nice texture, and there’s an odd stress-relieving effect to them when you squeeze them. But the slimes are sticky, and stress balls are not.
In fact, stress balls are squishy, soft malleable toys that are meant to relieve stress and muscle tension. They’re a good distraction device for when you need to step out of your routine for some time and relax.
There are also a lot of nerves located in the wrists, so squishing a stress ball also makes nerves and muscles stronger. Therefore, even your nervous system gets a little quality upgrade for the better.
Does it make sense now for you not to throw the whole pack of wax earplugs out? We absolutely think so. Simply keep all used pairs in the box they came in. When the box is full, it’s time to mold them all in one big Earplugstein stress ball (see what we did there? :D). Squish it, squeeze it, rip it in tiny wax balls ‒ whatever helps you become more calm and relaxed is good.
#3 Laptop lift
If you’re a desktop computer user, this one’s not gonna work for you. However, if there’s a wobbly table anywhere near you… It might well be very helpful.
Our laptops do tons of things for us during the day from opening emails to running Zoom meetings almost 24/7. And while you’re in sweat from dealing with your daily tasks, your laptop might be struggling exactly the same way, but from heat.
To keep your laptop from overheating, it’s good to have rubber lifts to ensure air flow and conditioning. As a nice bonus you also get a nice lift for the laptop, making the keyboard more comfortable to work with. And, well, why not use wax earplugs instead of rubber?
Take a pair (or more) of used wax earplugs and mold them together into a cylinder. Place them under the sides of your laptop and voila! Lifts are ready and steady.
#4 Fun children toy
You’ve probably noticed how nicely moldable wax earplugs are. It’s your turn to guess what their pliability reminds us of… Okay, yes, you’re right. Their texture is very similar to Play-Doh, and we have a story on that.
One time we had a customer who told us her children found a pack of PQ Wax Silicone Ear Plugs in the drawer and made a wax snowman out of it. That’s it. That’s the story.
So if you ever run out of Play-Doh, you can always use our earplugs instead. They can be cleaned with water and soap, so the kids are safe with them.
Have you ever used wax earplugs in some unusual way? Are you going to try any of the hacks we listed in this article? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to share this with your friends! 😉