Hook and loop

You may know it more specifically by the brand name usually associated with the hook and loop fastening system, called Velcro, but brand name or not, this fastener has been loved and hated since the 1940’s. Initially invented by and English engineer when he was curious about how the burs of plants were sticking to his clothing and his dogs fur, we now hold numerous things together with this handy invention. There are convenient strips on lots of children’s clothing and shoes enabling them to dress themselves, and there is even hook and loop on our jackets as an added element of protection on the zipper flap.

Over time, the loop end of the Velcro, gets lint build up in it and it gets to the point where our super easy fastener does not fasten at all. The safety pin to the rescue!!!

You probably have one laying around somewhere in the bottom of the pen jar or the bathroom drawer. It only takes a few minutes to clean the lint out of the Velcro when you just gently push the sharp end of the pin through the Velcro to loosen the lint that is embedded. Pull the lint out as you slide the pin through the strip of Velcro. In a few minutes, you have a functioning piece of hook and loop and the bonus is that it looks a whole lot better not all entangled with lint. Hope this tip helps!

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