I'm huge fan of fixing my stuff instead of replacing it. This mindset saves me a ton of money, but it also minimizes the amount of stuff I'm sending to the landfill. I consider this to be a win-win. My arsenal of supplies normally includes needles and thread, various glues, duct tape and even a soldering iron. However, there are simply some broken things that stump me. I've been seeing Sugru on the internet for years, but had never wanted to pull the trigger. Priced at $12 for a three-pack, it's not exactly cheap.
I decided it was time to explore what's been called the "World's most versatile glue." Except it isn't really glue. It's a air drying moldable rubber that seems to be infinitely functional. Waterproof, heat and cold resistant, this stuff sounded intriguing.
What happened when we put 'Fix That Thing' Sugru to the test!
The most popular use for Sugru is for protecting electronic chargers when the plastic cover inevitably tear away. Behold my scrappy charger cord:
This was the perfect beginner project, as it's a straightforward as can be. Plus, the Sugru website has a tutorial specifically on how to repair a USB charger cable.
The single packet of Sugru had enough product to cover four or five chargers, so I ran around the house giving extra protection to all my family's chargers. This might not be the prettiest repair, but it saved me the $19 it would have cost to buy a new charger cord from Apple. (Please note that Sugru can only be used on cables under 24v.)
At this point I was hooked. I began to search my home to see what else needed fixing.
My eyes fell on my groovy handbag. My Queen Bee brand purse had started to wear through on the bottom, and since new ones cost $148, this became my second project. I opened a packet of the "pitch black" Sugru and rolled four tiny balls, which I then molded over the torn parts of my purse. I let it cure the recommended 24 hours, and am delighted to announce that the Sugru is holding tightly. The purse simply looks like it has rubber feet now, which is A-Ok in my book.
Sugru has a remarkable ability to glue smooth surfaces together, which is highly unique. It's popular for gluing Go-Pros onto helmets or Legos onto just about anything. (Did you know that Lego mini-figure hands are the perfect size to hold an electronics charger cord?)
Seriously, how cute is this?
More easy ways to use Sugru:
- Fix your fitbit strap.
- Repair your video game controller knobs.
- Affix taps onto any type of shoe.
- Create a new zipper pull for clothing or luggage.
- Repair your dishwasher basket.
- Shoe and boot repair.
- Create wall hooks that do no damage.
- Repair broken parts in your refrigerator.
It's a smart investment to tuck at least a couple packs of Sugru in your toolbox, as its uses are only limited by your creativity. The applications for Sugru are endless, and happy customers are constantly figuring out new uses. They come in sets of three or eight, plus there are additional kits such as a Sugru + Magnets Kit that look amazing. And since Sugru promises to "fix, bond, cushion, replace, create and seal," I think I'll be sending even less broken stuff to the landfill from here on out.