10 Uses Of Magnets In The Home

Neodymium Magnets 03/07/2020

10 uses of magnets in the home

10 Uses Of Magnets In The Home

10 Cool Household Uses for Magnets

Whether you want to create better storage or simply keep your food fresher, here are 10 cool household uses for magnets. Try them for yourself!

When you hear the word "magnet," you probably think of the little gadget that holds your family photos on the refrigerator door.

But magnets can have other versatile uses around the house aside from decoration and can offer practical solutions to household projects you might be having trouble with.

Locate metal studs

If you want to hang a painting on a wall and have no idea where metal studs are hidden behind the wall, a magnet could be a lifesaver.

Whereas a stud finder might confuse wood and metal studs, according to an article from eHow Home, a simple magnet will be able to locate metal studs as you slide the magnet across the wall by creating a pull or sticking to the surface.

Doing this will help you avoid hammering a nail into a metal stud, which could be connected to electrical wiring.

Thus, you can hang your paintings and family portraits safely.

Magnetic spice rack

One way to keep your spices organized is to use magnets.

"Some crafty folks use our magnets to hang spice jars like this," said Michael Paul of ALB Magnetics, Inc.

That custom magnetic spice rack from Etsy uses 24 empty jars with neodymium magnets to hold the jars together in a hexagonal shape on a rusted steel wall plate, which you can place on your refrigerator or another surface.

You can also build a magnetic spice rack yourself by putting magnets on the bottom of your spice jars and attaching them to a steel sheet.

Magnetic paint

Want to hang things on a wall without creating nail holes? Magnetic paint offers a solution.

This product is regular paint with iron dust particles mixed throughout.

Although the paint might not be able to support large magnets, multiple coats of paint will yield better results, according to the instructions from ALB Magnetics.

Paint a section of your wall and see for yourself!

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Monogram place settings

Perhaps you are planning a dinner but don't want to get too fancy with place settings.

A creative but easy way to make sure your guests sit where you want them to is using alphabet magnets from your refrigerator, according to this article from Real Simple.

Fold a napkin around nickel-free stainless steel silverware and the alphabet letter will stay in place on top, letting magnets do the work for you.

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Under-cabinet storage

If your countertops are cluttered with jars or other metal kitchen supplies, use a magnetic stripe on the underside of your cabinets to suspend items and keep them organized, according to an article from AOL DIY Life.

This will allow you to keep often-used items in plain sight while removing them from the surface you need clear for cooking.

Remove small batteries

It can be frustrating to attempt to pry small batteries from poorly designed appliances or toys, especially when the batteries must be placed in a certain way with the spring side first.

Instead of making a mess while trying to extract them and getting corrosive battery juice on a valuable surface in your home, use a strong magnet to gently lift them out, according to this article.

Medicine cabinet organizer

Similar to kitchen countertops, medicine cabinets can be places of chaos.

Medicine cabinets can become so jammed with toiletries that they spill out and threaten to overtake your entire bathroom sink every time you open the cabinet.

Because getting rid of beauty products isn't an option, use a magnet to keep your bathroom items organized and to stop them from spilling.

"Place a magnetic board in the back of your medicine cabinet to hold your tweezers, scissors and other tools in place," this article from AOL DIY Life said.

Chip clip

Last but not least, create a chip clip out of any spare magnets you might have.

Place two magnets on either side of a folded-over chip bag to keep your snack foods lasting longer.

10 Surprising Home Uses For Strong Magnets

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You likely already use magnets to stick invitations, important reminders, memorable photographs or other notifications to your refrigerator.

However, did you know that strong magnets are useful for a variety of purposes throughout your home beyond just posting that wedding invitation or your kid's report card? In fact, they can help to solve a multitude of frustrating problems you may face.

So next time you're hoping to improve things around the house, consider how you might fix an issue with a magnet.

Here are just some of the useful ways you can improve your life with magnets:

Clean up - Spilled some tacks? Don't fret - you don't have to deal with piercing your fingers.

Simply hover a magnet over the floor or surface where the pins, tacks or other objects have fallen to pick them up.

Easy storage - There are lots of ways to store or hold important household items using magnets.

Try adhering one to your broom halfway down the handle. Then you can place it against the side of your fridge so it's easy to find and won't fall down.

You can also attach a magnet to the pointed tip of an ironing board and one to the wall so that when you fold it up, it stays in place.

Keep drawers shut - If you have a cabinet door or drawer in your home that just won't stay closed, attach a block magnet to the inside panel that the door or drawer rests against with double-sided tape.

Then attach another one to the door or drawer itself.

The most important thing is that the two magnets are lined up properly.

As long as they connect, the door or drawer will stay closed now.

Remove batteries - There's hardly anything more frustrating than trying to get a stuck battery out of its case. In those cases when the battery is being stubborn, just reach for a strong magnet to make things easier - not to mention safer.

Place the magnet over the battery and it will pop out effortlessly.

Secure a trash bag - It's common for trash bags to sink, snag and move out of place, causing garbage to get left in the bin.

As long as the bin is made of magnetic metal, you can make sure it stays firmly in place by affixing magnets around the top edges.

Locate a stud in the wall - When you're attempting to hang a photo, wall shelf or other objects, it's imperative that you locate the wall stud - in fact, one inch in the wrong place and you might see an ugly hole in the drywall.

All you have to do is run a magnet along the wall, though, and when you feel the force of a pull, you've found it.

Display your knives - Instead of a costly knife holder, try using bar magnets to display them on your wall in a way that's appealing to the eyes.

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Organize your desk - Paper clips can make a mess of your desk, but if you put a magnet inside your drawer, you can ensure they stay in one place.

Keep cords under control - Managing a multitude of cords can be a hassle, but magnets provide a method for keeping them organized.

Unwind a metal paperclip or take the metal spring from a ballpoint pen and wrap it around a cord.

Attaching a small strong magnet to the back of your desk will hold the spring - as well as the wire - in place.

Make an invisible tool holder - Drill a series of holes in the back of a wooden board, insert disc magnets into the holes, mount the wood on a wall and you'll be able to hang all of your favorite tools onto it.

10 Uses for Magnets

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In the 6th century B.C., Thales of Miletus, a Greek wise man, reasoned that a magnet's power of attraction was the result of science, not magic.

After that, it was only a matter of time (okay, a few millennia) before magnets turned up in TVs, turbines, computer hard drives, and on the fronts of fridges everywhere.

Their stick-to-itiveness—in the form of iron horseshoes, shiny rare-earth bars, or vinyl-coated magnetic sheets—is also helpful for a host of household projects.

Use magnets to:

1. Locate metal studs in a wall.

2. Seal off air-conditioning vents to improve home heating by placing vinyl-coated sheets over the steel register faces.

3. Hang Polaroids of projects-in-process on the lip of a metal shelf above the workbench.

4. Collect nails from a porch repair job that have fallen in the grass.

5. Prevent corrosion inside your water heater;

a magnet placed on the freshwater intake pipe catches damaging metallic calcium particles before they can get inside.

6. Pin blueprints onto the side or hood of the truck.

7. Create a bulletin board without the use of tacks, tape, or hooks on walls coated with "magnetized" paint containing metals.

8. Protect a tractor's engine: Ceramic magnets placed in the oil pan will attract steel bits that get into the oil from grinding pistons.

9. Fasten steel framing squares to the outside of toolboxes for quick access by gluing magnets to the box sides.

10. Clean up metal shavings that have fallen from the bench grinder onto the workshop floor.

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