Domestic Uses of Magnets

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Domestic Uses of Magnets
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A magnet is a piece of a material that exhibits magnetism, and has two distinct poles, known as north and south. While there are many industrial uses for magnets, there are also several domestic applications.

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Sorting and Recovering

According to the website called How Magnets Work, several industries utilise magnets to separate metal particles from other substances, and some even use them to pull ferrous materials up from the ocean floor. You can replicate both of these practices to help remedy some common domestic troubles. For example, if you have a drawer filled with loose stuff, like rubber bands, thread and paper clips, you can run a magnet over top to collect the paper clips and any other ferromagnetic items. According to Cool Magnet Man, these include any objects that consist of iron, nickel, cobalt, dysprosium, gadolinium or alloys that contain these elements. Alternatively, if you have dropped a ferromagnetic item, such as a spoon, behind a hard-to-reach space, try tying a magnet to the end of a string and lowering it down for recovery.

Refrigerator Magnets

Refrigerator magnets can be decorative as well as functional. Many people collect them or receive them as gifts from various places and points of interest. Another more workable material, such as plastic or rubber, often covers the actual magnetic portion, so that the overall structure can be ornate and colourful. In addition to dressing up your refrigerator, magnets can also hold up photos and lightweight paper documents, such as bills and report cards.

Making Repairs

You can use magnets to fix objects around the home that have hinges or other moving pieces that will not stay in their resting locations. For example, if you have a cabinet that will not close so that it is flush with the cabinet structure supporting it, try gluing a small, flat magnet on the inside corner of the cabinet door, and gluing a similar-sized piece of a ferromagnetic metal to the structure. When you close the cabinet, the magnetic attraction will hold it flush. However, you can still easily break the magnetic bond and open the cabinet by using light physical force.

Magnetic Home Remedies

Cultures have used magnetic materials as holistic healing devices since at least 2000BC, according to How Magnets Work. According to legends and cultural histories, applying magnets to the body can help cure a variety of different aches, pains and diseases. For example, putting magnets in the bottoms of your shoes is thought to help relieve foot pain associated with walking.

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