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I like to keep fresh breath mints in my car. They come in a box like this:

Myntz container

The problem is they rattle in two ways:

  1. The box is metallic and it rattles against the glove compartment (or other compartment) of the car

  2. Inside the box, the mints start to rattle once the box is less than 1/2 full.

Short of always filling the box and wrapping it in a sock, what are some ways to prevent the rattling?

  • If your car idles roughly, get a tune up. That should limit some of the rattling – Adam Zuckerman Feb 24 '15 at 0:10
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There are various options you can try to achieve to complete the second way (2).

  • Placing the mints in a little bag - instead of carrying them around in a metal container, where they're bound to rattle, you could instead carry them in a little pouch type bag. (Albeit un-stylish, it removes the rattling). Something like below is what I imagined would suit

Small pouch bag

  • You could place a piece of cloth/fabric inside - placed inside the container, into the empty space, essentially "filling" the container so much so that the mints don't rattle.
  • Padding the container with foam/cloth - albeit an extreme option, instead of filling the empty space with cloth, you could pad the container on the inside (If it annoyed you to the point of killing someone). Basically, padding the whole inside of the container as marked in this image below. What you want to do is pad anywhere the mints have contact to the inside of the container. Essentially making a nice snug fit and "noise proofing" it.

Mints container

As for your first issue, is the glove compartment empty? Which causes it to easily rattle? Or have you got other stuff inside there and the mints container is on top of that?

  • The glove compartment had some other stuff that rattled against the metal box. Removed those objects, but now the box rattles against the plastic. Guess I'll have to pad there too. I like the pouch idea! – Dan Dascalescu Feb 23 '15 at 23:44
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    You could place it in a cloth bag in out in the place where you put your drinks. That should help – Anthony Pham Feb 24 '15 at 1:01
  • I agree with that @PythonMaster or even put it in a sock for example! – Darren Feb 24 '15 at 1:05
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    I've frequently kept aspirin and the like in my glovebox, and I will often stuff the containers with cotton balls to apply downward pressure on the contents so that they no longer rattle. – agweber Feb 27 '15 at 20:35
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to prevent the box from rattling, you could 'stabilize' the box by using adhesive velcro on the back of the box and its assigned spot in the glove box.

as far as rattling inside you could try:

a "food safe" sealant or coating. try copy-flex liquid mold making silicone. http://www.makeyourownmolds.com/copy-flex

adhesive felt sheets like the ones used to line jewelry boxes - found at any craft store

or use food safe epoxy to attach your choice of foam. check out thefoamfactory.com

you could line it in leather or any choice of fabric (wool, cotton, synthetic) too. the trick is finding a food safe adhesive.

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Pad the inside of the box with a layer of cotton balls. Pill bottles used to come like this, although I haven't seen it as much recently.

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Try placing the container on its a side. That way the mints will stack on top of each other in a smaller space and not rattle. Neither will they be bouncing on a flat sounding board.

  • I've tried that and the container becomes less stable and it will flip-flop on its side when I break/accelerate. – Dan Dascalescu Feb 27 '15 at 18:29
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You can try to do what Darren did with one variation: Put it in a sock. The sock is pretty soft and should effectively muffle the banging sound. The sound is created since the container and mints have a large space to bounce and bang into. If you limit the space the mint box has to bounce and bang in, there will be little or no sound.

You can effectively do this by:

  • Putting it in your cup holder

  • Putting it in a bag filled with stuff like clothes or lots of paperwork

  • You pants' pocket

  • A small side pocket in any type of bag similar to this one: enter image description here

  • A backpack or luggage bag

This should significantly lower or eliminate the sound from the metal box and mints. I hope this helps you!

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For preventing the box from rattling against the glove compartment, what about keeping it in a seat pocket or on top of your visor instead?

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