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Opening a kitchen cupboard only for the porridge oats to come pouring out all over you because the packet hasn't been sealed properly, is not the best way to start a day.
While some may use elastic bands to seal containers, securing them tightly enough can be fiddly and takes more time than we have spare on busy days.
We have found a solution, however, and it comes in the form of Rich&Ray Reusable Silicone Twist Ties with Strong Magnet, which come in handy for a variety of uses.
Why we rate it
To be truthfully honest, this gadget has blown our minds, as it has many more functions than we ever could have imagined.
The Silicone Twist Ties can be used to keep packaging sealed, ensure cords are neatly tucked away, hold keys, pin up decorations or photo frames, as well as keep notes or pens attached to magnetic boards.
The ties can also be tied around curtains to hold them open, used as a bookmark, or to pin back unruly shrubs in the garden.
The Twist Ties are made from durable, high quality silicone, fitted with an ultra strong magnet in the base.
They can stretch from 190mm to 340mm, and come in a variety of colours.
Plus, they can be reused time and time again. For only £13.99, we don't think you can go wrong.
Just whatever you do, do not put them by your bank cards, as the magnets can damage the magnetic strip, making it difficult for card readers to pick up the information.
What the reviews say
The Rich&Ray Reusable Silicone Twist Ties with Strong Magnet have garnered over one hundred reviews on Amazon, with over 90% rating them 4 stars and above. Here's what shoppers have to say:
"These things are amazing, they are soooo strong. So far I have used them as cable ties, towel holders on a radiator, a shower gel hook in the bathroom, torch holder in the garage, headphone holder.... The way that they can stretch makes them brilliant for holding things tight and then the magnets are strong enough to hold that thing in places that you otherwise wouldn't. I really really like these."
"I purchased these originally for use as cable tidies. They fulfilled that job very well due to the strong and stretchy silicone and equally strong magnets. I have since found loads of other uses for them, such as on the fridge for holding paper and pens, and in the garage/shed for holding tools. Because of the strong magnets you can even stick them together to make them longer or to take more weight. On the whole I am finding that they are good quality and very useful. I will definitely be buying more."
"I have used them for keeping plugs and wires together, for tying shopping bag handles together so they do not fall over in the car, etc. They have so many uses and are not fiddly, so long as one has the strength to keep the magnets apart whilst fixing them. Fantastic item. No more fiddly clips for me."
"I love these, I have them stuck in my freezer, holding rolls of tape, parcel tape and masking tape on another. They are great for resealing open bags. I've even managed to tie my hair up. They seem a little pricey but I've reused them umpteen times so no plastic waste, which is a plus."
"Use them for everything from magnets on the fridge to tying cables."
Buy it: Rich&Ray Reusable Silicone Twist Ties with Strong Magnet | £13.99 (Was £15.99) from Amazon
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