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2X4: Four Ways to Problem Solve with Tennis Balls

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Jessica
08.19.13

What do you do when a tennis ball has lost its bounce? Instead of tossing it to the dog (or in the trash), use it to problem solve around the house. Here are four common issues that can be fixed with tennis balls: 

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Comforter Lost Its Fluff. Your bed’s comfort level is of primo importance to a good night’s rest, so take its coziness for the next level with a fluffier comforter. Next time you run your comforter through the wash, toss a couple balls into the dryer along with it. Not only will the tennis balls fluff the comforter as it dries, they’ll also speed up drying time! If you’re continually losing sleep – and the comforter isn’t to blame – check out these 6 ways to sleep better at night.

Valuables are Unprotected. If you’re hitting the road for a little vacation time, it’s always a good idea to take a few precautions around the house first. To keep your valuables out of sight in a subtle and unexpected way, grab an old tennis ball. Make a slit about two inches long into the tennis ball with a sharp knife. Squeeze either side of the slit to open up the ball, and then place money, jewelry or any other tiny valuable item into opening. When you release the slit, the ball will be indistinguishable from other sports equipment. Tip: If you have pets, make sure they don’t use your special tennis ball as a chew toy. 

Parking is a Problem. Have you ever put a dent in your trash cans because you pulled into your garage a little too fast after a long day? No judgment here – parking in the garage can be harder than it looks, especially if your garage is packed. To effortlessly get that parking job right every time, grab a tennis ball and a long piece of string! Attach the ball to the string and then hang it from the ceiling in the exact spot you want your car to sit in the garage. When the ball hits your windshield, you’ll know when to stop. 

Stairs May Be Unsafe. Stairs may seem innocent enough, but every six minutes, a child ends up in the ER because of a stair-related injury. One common problem with stairs is balusters (also called spindles and stair sticks) that are too wide and can allow a small child to fall through. Do the “tennis ball test” to see if your stairs need to be adjusted: Hold a tennis ball up to the balusters. If a tennis ball can be squeezed between two sticks, a small child can also fall through the space. Tip: It may be worth doing a full stair safety check if you’ve never done one.  

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