Duct tape was invented during World War II and was used for many purposes. These days you probably see all the fun colors and patterns instead of the traditional silver color. It’s a hot crafting item, which my kids love to use to make wallets and coin purses for themselves and their friends. Turns out you should never go without a roll of duct tape in your home because there are lots of things you can use it for. Once you read this list, your life is never going to be the same.
1. Stop Blisters in Their Tracks when You Run or Jog by Putting Duct Tape on Your Feet
Nothing ruins a run more quickly than getting a blister on your heel or toes. Keep them from ever developing by smoothing a piece of duct tape in the area that is irritating. This is a valuable tip for when you get a new pair of running shoes. You’ll be able to run pain-free and it’s super easy to stick some duct tape on and go.
2. Hang Duct Tape outside to Keep Bugs from Ruining Your Backyard Barbecue
Are those mosquitos and gnats making it miserable to sit outside and enjoy your margarita? Hang several strips of duct tape in strategic locations and they’ll get stuck to the adhesive so they won’t bother you anymore. Look for the fun, fancy duct tape so it blends with your décor.
3. Press Duct Tape onto a Wart to Help Dissolve It
No one likes getting a wart, but it doesn’t have to be a disaster. Take a tiny square of duct tape and completely cover the wart with it. Change the duct tape every day for a week, then soak the wart and exfoliate the area with a pumice stone. You may have to repeat the treatment for a couple of weeks in a row, but if you don’t like medication options, this is a natural wart cure that you’ll love.
4. Make Garden Labels by Turning Strips of Duct Tape into Flags on Craft Sticks
If you want garden labels that will last all summer long, all you need is some silver duct tape, a handful of craft sticks and a Sharpie marker. Cut strips of the tape, then tape them around the sticks, folding them in half to keep the sticky sides in. Use the Sharpie to write each of the things you’re growing, then insert the sticks into the ground and you’re good to go.
5. Use a Roll of Duct Tape in Place of a Dumbbell for Your Arms
This move is recommended by the Marine Corps, so you know it’s a good one. All you have to do hold a large roll of duct tape out to your side until you can’t hold it up any longer. What you get is a kick butt arm workout that will have you admiring your biceps in no time.
6. Fix a Tear in Your Tent with a Piece of Duct Tape
There’s nothing worse than getting to your campsite, only to find a tear in your tent. Make it habit to throw a roll of duct tape in your bag and you’ll never have to worry again. Duct tape is pretty much waterproof, so it’s the obvious choice for patching up holes and tears in canvas materials. Simply rip some off and slap it on and then get on with the s’mores.
7. Put a Strip of Duct Tape on a Tough Jar Lid, then Pull to Open
Can’t get that jar of pickles open? Take a strip of duct tape and press it firmly on the top of the lid. Grasp the strip of tape and pull it in the direction you need to open the jar. This hack works on any kind of jar and you’ll never have to find someone else to open anything for you ever again.
What do you use duct tape for? Will you be trying any of these hacks?