A few years ago, it became a popular (and weird) trend to see what would happen if you hung a condom outside of a car window while someone else was driving. Spoiler alert: it blew up like a balloon, and the internet loved it. It spawned hundreds of Vines (RIP) Youtube videos, and teen boys driving recklessly with condoms hanging out the window.
(PS: Don’t do this. It’s silly and dangerous.)
I’m not sure why, but people are really into using condoms for things besides putting them on penises. I don’t really know what it is about tiny, balloon-like pieces of rubber, but I guess they can be pretty versatile. So, after learning that some people use condoms for things OTHER than having sex, I decided to dig a little deeper and I found some… weird stuff. Condoms are pretty expensive, so I wouldn’t recommend doing all of this stuff with them, but I guess if you’re stuck in a situation where all you have is condoms and you REALLY need a rubber band…it could perhaps become useful. Or maybe you just have a lot of condoms laying around. I’m not judging, I promise. Check out these random and weird uses for condoms and maybe try some of your own…if you want.
Apply MakeupA few weeks ago, beauty blogger Laila Tahri posted an Instagram video where she used a condom to apply her makeup. Yes, seriously. She put a condom over her BeautyBlender sponge, and then used it as one would use any makeup sponge to apply foundation. This sounds completely insane, but it kind of makes sense – makeup sponges give a flawless application, but a lot of the makeup gets soaked into the sponge. The rubber of the condom keeps the makeup from being wasted and still delivers the same results on your skin. I mean… cool? But at the same time, it just seems weird. Source
DIY Phone CoverOkay, I’m actually impressed with this one. You can use a condom to protect your cell phone and make it essentially waterproof. The person who discovered this little trick says they were still able to use the touch-screen feature, although I would imagine it’s a little bit more difficult. This is a great quick way to protect your phone from getting wet at the beach or pool. Sure, you could use a Ziplock baggie, but there’s no fun in that. Source
Make An Ice PackNeed a DIY ice pack? You can fill a condom with water, then freeze it until it’s solid, and voila – you’ve got a little ice pack. This trick is actually often used by women after giving birth – after you have a baby, your vagina is going to be feeling more than a little sore, and it’s safer to put a condom of ice up there rather than another foreign object, since that’s basically what condoms were made for. Also, I guess you could use this trick if you have some sort of sex injury. Women also use them after they give birth to help the pain. Wild. Source
Make Rubber BandsIf you, for some reason, wanted DIY rubber bands, condoms have got you covered. Simply cut a condom into small strips, and you’re good to go – just make sure it doesn’t have lube on it, because that might make things, uh, weird. This one obviously makes sense, but, like… you could just buy rubber bands, so. Make sure it doesn't have lube on it, though. Because who wants slippery rubber bands? Source
CookSo, apparently there are people out there who are literally cooking with condoms. This guide on making meat in a condom doesn’t give a reason why this is happening, but I’m assuming the purpose is to lock in flavor and keep the meat juicy. It still seems like the worst. Wouldn’t it taste like latex? Every time I think about this, I get a little nauseous. But, if you want to make some condom meatloaf, go for it – just DON’T use pre-lubed condoms Source
Make Balloon AnimalsEssentially, condoms are just weirdly-shaped balloons, so it does make sense that people use them to make balloon animals, right? They're not the cutest things around, but you know, you do what you can with what you have. Source
Save Your FruitYou’ve almost definitely seen some sort of movie or TV scene where someone shows someone else how to use a condom by putting it on a banana. Apparently, this isn’t the worst idea in the world. Putting a condom over your banana can save fruit from oxidizing,meaning it would stop the fruit from turning brown quickly after opening it up. I guess it’s a good way to practice using a condom? Image Source: iStock
What weird way have you used a condom? Tell us in the comments!