Crafts & DIY
Uses For Tennis Balls
Do you know of any other great uses for tennis balls?
D.G. Sciortino
07.27.17

Just because you’re not a tennis player doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a tennis ball or two in your house.

There are lots of practical uses for tennis balls around your home.

You can use them to prevent floor scuffs, ward off bugs, or even keep your comforters nice and fluffy in the dryer. Here are our favorite household uses for tennis balls.

Find Your Car

Never search for your car in a parking lot again. You will find it immediately if you place a bright yellow tennis ball on the end of your antennae.

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Strengthen Your Grip

Hold a tennis ball in each of your hands and squeeze, then release. Doing this repeatedly will help to strengthen your hands which comes in handy if you use tools often or play guitar.

Car Change Holder

Use a tennis ball to hide the spare change in your car. Just cut a slit inside the tennis ball and slip your change in. It will be easy to find when you’re at a toll booth and it won’t be visible to people looking into your car.

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Dry Your Clothes Quicker

Placing a few tennis balls into your dryer will help dry your load quicker. It will also help comforters, coats, and pillows to keep their shape and stay fluffy.

Soften a Hammer’s Blow

If you need to hammer something but don’t want to be too rough, you can cut an X into a tennis ball and place the head of your hammer inside to soften the blow and prevent marks in your walls or whatever you are hammering.

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Open a Locked Car Door

This will come in handy if you locked your keys in the car. Strip off the fabric on your tennis ball and cut a hole in a center. Line up the hole in your ball with the lock. Press your ball inward with a sharp movement. Air will apparently shoot into your lock and open it according to this YouTube Video.

Protect a Padlock

If you want to protect a padlock from getting rusted or freezing over, you can slit a tennis ball and place the end of the padlock inside.

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Remove Scuff Marks

Rub a tennis ball over scuff marks on your floors to get rid of the stain.

Make a Walker Glide

You can cut a hole in some tennis balls and put them over the legs of a walker to help the walker glide over the floor easier.

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Relieve Knee, Neck, and Back Pain

You can soothe chronic pain caused by Myofascial syndrome by doing some exercises with a tennis ball. This works by placing a ball at the back of your neck, under your back, and under your rear and then moving around to activate certain muscles. Watch the video tutorial below for details.

Hitch Cover

Slit a tennis ball and stretch it over the hitch of your trailer to protect it and prevent it from scratching other cars.

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Parking Guide

Never hit anything in your garage with your car every again. You can hang a tennis ball from a string so that when it touches your windshield you’ll know you’ve gone far enough. This is great if you have new teen drivers in your home!

Water Shooter

Make a sneaky water shooter by cutting a tiny hole in your ball. Squeeze it open under a running faucet of water, then squeeze it to spray water everywhere. It’s very unsuspecting!

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Door Knob Cover

Place a tennis ball over your door knob to prevent it from scuffing your wall or damaging it. It also gives you a better grip on your knob.

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Grabber

Tennis balls also make a great gripper. You can slit one open and hang a towel or some keys in it. You can even add some googly eyes if you want it to look cute.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at [email protected]
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