Updated 13 January 2014

13 other uses for condoms

Condoms do a great job of protecting us from sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, but did you know they have other great uses too?

In January 2014 we ran a story describing how some elderly folks in South Africa use the lubricant in condoms to ease their arthritic pain. Despite no medical evidence existing that it can help, they insist that daily rubbing into affected areas really make a difference.

So it got us thinking - what other uses could condoms have? We invited our readers to send us their ideas via the Health24 Facebook page and to our email address, and this is what came up:

1. To protect your cellphone from getting wet when you’re out and it’s raining or hiking
2. Filled with ice and frozen to use as ice packs in boxing
3. For cleaning CDs 
4. As a slingshot 
5. As water balloons or to store water
6. To polish your boots and shoes
7. Over the barrel of a rifle when it’s raining – you don’t even have to take it off to shoot
8. To prevent bait from washing off the hook while trawling for fish. Simply pull the condom over the bait after it’s attached to the hook. Cut the ends of and voila!
9. The lubricant is great for dry hair
10. When swimming, used as a condom to protect against small catfish called candiru that are attracted to urine and blood (and like to travel up the urethra).
10. To smuggle drugs inside the body
11. Archaeologists use them to collect water samples from stalactites for research (see pic above)
12. To protect microphones in transit (using non-lubricated ones)


What other uses do condoms have? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more

Condom lubricant is no cure for arthritis 

Condom do's and dont's 

Condom lubricant used as a cure for acne 

Picture credit: Condoms attached to a stalactite collect water that will be dated for archaeological research. Taken at the Klipdrift Shelter at De Hoop in the Western Cape by Health24 Editor, Laura van Niekerk.




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