10 Great Ways to Use Duct Tape
Everyone knows that duct tape is very useful for fixing things (and it has some wacky applications), but I bet you didn’t know these 10 great ways to use it! (See also: Top 10 Unusual Uses for Duct Tape)
1. Splinter Remover
Instead of breaking out the tweezers and ripping your finger open, remove splinters by placing a piece of duct tape over the splinter. If the splinter is exposed, lift the tape straight up. If the splinter is not exposed, leave the tape on for a half hour, then slowly peel away the tape and the splinter along with it.
2. Keep Snacks Fresh
Chips getting stale? Use a piece of duct tape to keep the air out of bags of chips. I’m always losing my chip clips, so a cheap, disposable method works great for me!
3. Wart Treatment
Remove warts with duct tape. The duct tape acts as an irritant to the wart, which causes the immune system to attack it. Place duct tape over the wart for six days, then soak the wart in water and scrape the area using a pumice stone. Reapply the tape the following day and repeat this treatment until the wart goes away.
4. Bandage Replacement
Run out of bandages? Place a tissue or cotton ball directly onto the wound and use duct tape to hold it in place. That’s all a bandage is anyway, and this guy won’t come off as easily as a Band-Aid.
5. Lint Roller
Remove lint, hairs, and feathers from your clothing by wrapping a piece of duct tape around your hand and pressing the duct tape to your clothing. This is a great way to remove pet hair, too!
6. Book Covers
Create a durable, creative, and waterproof book cover using different colors of duct tape. First wrap a book in newspaper, and then cover the paper with a few layers of duct tape. This is a great idea for people who try and sell their books back at the end of the semester.
7. Shoe Waterproofing
Create a pair of waterproof shoes for gardening or hiking. Cover your shoes with duct tape to prevent water and dirt from getting in. (Bonus tip: Protect your ankles from ticks by wrapping duct tape around your pant cuffs to seal out the nasty bugs!)
8. Hem Pants
If your pants are too long, use duct tape as a temporary fix by folding the pants under and taping them from the inside. This one is perfect for hand-me-downs where you want to leave room for growth.
9. Extend Sports Gear
Whether you need to tighten your shin guards (using tight strips of duct tape), extend the life of a hockey stick (wrap the bottom of the stick), or fix torn ski pants (patch them up), just put some duct tape on it.
10. Fly Catcher
Hang strips of duct tape on your porch or in your cabin. The sticky tape will catch the unwanted bugs and flies that are ruining your good time.