Foam rubber is a kind of spongy rubber that is both light and firm at the same time. Air is beaten into latex then cured to produce foam rubber. Foam rubber comes in different thicknesses and types that can be cut into different shapes and sizes. Foam rubber can be purchased readily from hardware stores, craft stores and online. A few applications of foam rubber are:
- Cushioning for furniture and automobile seats
- Mattresses and pillows
- Footwear soles
- Automotive trims
- Wall insulation for homes and buildings
- Insulation of appliances like refrigerators, freezers and refrigerated transport trucks
When you open the box of a newly delivered appliance or electronic gadget, you will probably find foam rubber protecting your new acquisition. You can also end up with extra foam rubber when you have your sofa reupholstered at home. Stop! Don’t throw away any extra foam rubber. Here are some ways to recycle foam rubber so it doesn’t end up in landfills.
- Use it to pick up pet hair on your upholstered furniture or car seats. Get a small piece of foam rubber. With a sprayer, lightly spritz some water on it. Gently wipe using long strokes to gently but easily pick up unwanted hair.
- Cut pieces of foam rubber for a foaming bath sponge. Be creative with the shapes. Sew two pieces together but make sure to leave a small opening in between. Don’t throw away soap bars that are too small to use. Instead, insert them into the two pieces of foam rubber. Voilà, you now have a foaming bath sponge! You can also turn extra foam rubber into cleaning sponges of various sizes.
- Use it on your clothes hanger. You can keep your clothes from falling off or getting fold marks on the shoulders by wrapping the hanger with foam rubber. Measure some foam rubber. The strip should be as long as the hanger and at the same time wide enough to wrap around the hanger with. Use double adhesive tape to attach the foam rubber to the hanger. If you are crafty, you can even cover the foam with fabric to make it more attractive.
- Keep your mats and rugs slip-free. Attach a small square piece of foam rubber to the corners of your rugs and mats. This will keep them in place.
- Turn foam rubber scraps into useful craft materials. You can cut, paint, sew and glue foam rubber in many ways. It is great to use for kids’ crafts as well as adult craft projects.
- Protect your belongings with excess foam rubber. When storing your breakables (glassware, dishes, decorative items and more), protect them with foam rubber that is cut to size. Christmas ornaments and other holiday decorations will benefit from the protection foam rubber can provide.
- Maintain your bags’ shape. Instead of using newspapers to stuff into your expensive bags, use foam rubber instead.
- Make your own kneeling pad. If you love to sew, create a small pillow enough for you to kneel on with extra foam rubber as stuffing. You can use this when cleaning the floor or working on your knees in the garden. Wrap it in plastic to keep your kneeling pad clean.
Next time you have extra foam rubber, don’t throw it away. Keep it in a plastic bag or box. You can use it in so many different ways. Help save the environment by recycling your extra foam rubber.