Repurpose Cardboard Tubes To Tame Electrical Cords

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I use a repurposed cardboard tube to tame all the electrical cords for my small appliances. Use Whatcha Got! Check out this simple Homestead Hack.

How do you tame all the electrical cords for your small appliances? Use Whatcha Got! Check out this Homestead Hack. #TexasHomesteader

Kitchen Small Appliance Storage

In my kitchen I have an appliance cabinet. There I store various small electric appliances & hand tools, such as:

Slow cookers,



Stick blender,

Electric knife, etc.

The small hand tools such as the electric knife & stick blender with accessories are all corralled into a wide basket on one of the shelves.

But when it’s time to fetch one of them I used to hate how the cords would always be tangled around each other. You’d have to untangle the cords before you could fetch the one tool you were after. 

But no more! Here’s my Use Whatcha Got moment – check out this Homestead Hack.

Keeping Small Appliance Cords Untangled

Whether it’s electric cords on my slow cookers, my blender or smaller appliances such as my hand blender or electric knife, this Homestead Hack keeps all those electric cords tidy.

No more cords catching on each other or getting tangled.

And no more dragging down more items than I’d planned on picking up with that one appliance. My secret?

How do you tame all the electrical cords for your small appliances? With a cardboard tube. Use Whatcha Got! Check out this Homestead Hack. #TexasHomesteader

A Repurposed Cardboard Tube For Electric Cords!

Whether you get them from an empty roll of bathroom tissue, paper towels or gift wrap, hang on to those cardboard tubes. They’re handy!

I already save all those cardboard tubes. That’s because I like to use them for natural Biodegradable Seed-Planting Pots for when I’m starting my heirloom seeds for the garden. 

Repurposed cardboard tubes can be used as biodegradable seed starting pots. #TexasHomesteader

Although I’ve always thought that was a fantastic way to repurpose those cardboard tubes, I found they also have a handy inside use too:

Corralling those electric cords!

Organization Tip: A repurposed cardboard tube helps eliminate tangled electric cords on small appliances #TexasHomesteader

I simply fold the electric cord & back forth until it’s the size I want and slide it into this cardboard tube. It works beautifully!

That cord doesn’t have the opportunity now to cause me grief when I’m fetching an appliance.

Less frustration in the kitchen = A Happy Cook.

And, after that cardboard tube has done hard labor in its second useful life of taming electrical cords, it goes on to yet another life in my compost tumbler to help make that black gold that helps my garden grow oh-so-well.

Building healthy soil, compost, mulch for garden planting. #TexasHomesteader

It’s always a good thing to keep an eye open for things that can go on to be repurposed in a new way instead of just being thrown in the trash.

Who knew a lowly cardboard tube could simplify my life in the kitchen??! Score! 


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3 thoughts on “Repurpose Cardboard Tubes To Tame Electrical Cords

  1. ColleenB.

    Tammy; you know, I never thought about using around my small appliance cords. I just wrapped a rubber band around mine.
    Them tubes are handy for a number of things. I use the tubes as well for storing my extra extension cords in and they also work wonders by cutting open long ways and putting around my open rolls of wrapping paper.
    I will cut a longer tube down the center long ways, put over a coat hanger and hang some of my table clothes on which makes for No more creases on my t. cloths.
    I have even cut tubes into sections; decorated them up a bit and used as napkin rings.
    So many possibilities when it comes to using them card board tubes.
    Happy New Years to you and Rancherman.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Those cardboard are more convenient than we give ’em credit for. Gotta love it, eh Colleen?? ~TxH~


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