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Pool noodles are a summertime staple. Yet while we’re accustomed to thinking of them solely as flotation devices, it turns out these buoyant polyethylene cylinders are multitasking mavens up for tackling a wide range of challenges and annoyances around the house. In an effort to open your eyes to all of the cool things a humble pool noodle can do for you, check out this list of noodle hacks worth trying this summer. They’re pure genius—both in the pool and out!

1. To childproof a sharp corner

If you’re not prepared to pack away your favorite tables just because you have a little one running around, let a pool noodle take the edge off. Simply cut the noodle to your desired length, cover up the dangerously sharp spots, and the table will be baby-proofed in no time.

2. To sidestep toe stubbing

Sometimes grown-ups need a little support when it comes to safety. If you’re tired of stubbing your toes or whacking your shins against your bed frame, let a pool noodle soften the blow.

3. As a doorstop

Say goodbye to pinched little fingers (and all the tears that typically ensue) by using a pool noodle as a doorstop. If tempers flare and your tots tend to take it out on the door, this wedge of foam curled around the edge will eliminate that shocking slamming sound as the door bounces back open.

During the cold winter months, tuck the pool noodle beneath the door to seal any gaps that are letting in cold air, creating a cheap chill chaser.

4. As a sock saver

Ever wonder where your socks disappear to on laundry day? Odds are they’ve fallen in those grimy, lint-filled crevices between your appliances and the walls—yuck! But placing a pool noodle between your appliance and the wall will save you the pain of squeezing your arm down there to retrieve the spare clothes, change, and other items that end up there.

5. To organize your fishing rods and other tools

No more untangling or tripping over your gear in the garage. Keep your fishing rods in order with this simple pool noodle rack. This trick also works for other sports equipment, including golf clubs, baseball bats, ski poles, and hockey sticks.

6. To protect your car (and your garage)

If you have a small garage, you may regularly dread trying to slip out of your car without scratching your paint—or worse, denting your doors. A well-placed pool noodle can cushion the blow and keep your car doors safe from scrapes.

7. To keep your boots in good shape

Talk about a stand-up solution for your footwear! Keep your boots in tiptop shape by simply putting pool noodles inside. This will prevent your leather and suede from flopping over and becoming dust collectors between wearings.

8. To keep your pants crease-free

Pool noodles can help your wardrobe in other ways as well. If hangers are leaving odd wrinkles or unsightly creases in your dress pants, put a piece of pool noodle in place and give your iron the day off.

9. To stabilize tall plants

Traditional wooden stakes in the garden can be so boring. These pool noodles add a pleasant splash of color while stabilizing your taller plants and flowers.

10. As a flowerpot filler

Save your soil and keep your pots nice and light by filling the bottom with pool noodles. We know they don’t absorb water so you don’t have to worry about their becoming weighed down by rain after a storm.

11. As lounge chair armrests

Even when they’re not in the water, noodles can help keep you comfortable while you’re lounging by the pool. Metal armrests soak up the sun and can cause you to get burned if you’re not careful. Cover them with pool noodles, and you won’t have to worry about frying your forearms.

12. To create your own floating pool tray

It wouldn’t be right to leave out pool uses completely, right? Humans aren’t the only things that pool noodles save from sinking. You can create your own floating tray that makes snacking in the water a breeze!

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