Plentiful, affordable and like some kind of sticky magic, duct tape is a wonderful material that is essential to many homes throughout the world. And we’ve got 20 ingenious hacks that will undoubtedly make you keep a roll of duct tape by your side at all times, whether you’re on a camping trip or out on a drive.
20. Fix up that old pair of sneakers
To think you’ve been throwing your old sneakers away as soon as they get a hole in them. If you’d just patched them up with a few pieces of duct tape, you could still be wearing them now. Bonus tip: duct tape can also give your shoes improved grip.
19. No one gets left behind
Two sticks and a network of tape can make an emergency stretcher to carry the wounded, or the extremely hungover. If there’s a better excuse for carrying duct tape with you wherever you go, we’d like to hear it.
18. Open jars like Popeye
Say goodbye to being bested by tough-to-open jars. Simply stick some duct tape around the lid, leaving plenty of overhang, then give it a yank, and, voilà!, one open jar. Tasty.
17. De-hair your apartment
The adhesive side of the sticky wonder that is duct tape is perfect for removing pet hair from your clothes and furniture, especially when you apply it to a paint roller. Just don’t try it on your pet; they won’t appreciate it.
16. Warts and all
Strangely, doctor duct tape can reportedly work to remove your warts. Just cover the wart with a piece of tape for six days, then remove the tape, scrub away any dead skin and cover the wart with duct tape again. After a few repeats, the wart should disappear.
15. Never be left deflated
Amazingly, duct tape can even fix car tires. For instance, if your tire’s inner tube is perforated, you could plug the hole with duct tape until you can make it to a garage. You could use this trick on bicycle tires too.
14. Duct tape band-aids
Duct tape can literally be a lifesaver. If you cut yourself and don’t have an emergency kit, you can use strips of tape as a makeshift bandage. Indeed, several strips could even produce a butterfly stitch – until you get some medical assistance.
13. Rest assured during a storm
Various patterns of duct tape plastered on windows in the middle of a storm aren’t for decoration. While the windows will still break in severe weather, the duct tape will ensure that the glass doesn’t explode into a load of tiny pieces.
12. Save cash with a wallet
Busted or broken wallets can simply – and sometimes stylishly – be repaired or replaced by creating a duct tape purse. Plus, you’ll be able to fill it with all the money you saved from not buying a new one.
11. Don’t be rubbed up the wrong way
Did you know that duct tape can prevent or protect blisters? Just pop a piece of the amazing stuff over the irritated skin – using some gauze to safeguard already-developed blisters – and you won’t have to put off that jog.
10. Perfect for water-weary shoelaces
Strong and durable duct tape can make pretty effective shoelace aglets, or even replace regular shoelaces altogether. You won’t be the height of fashion, but your shoes will stay on, and the laces will be water-resistant.
9. When there’s no room on your clothesline
Run out of space for a few laundry items on your current clothesline? Here’s a tip for you. Anchor a few extended strips of duct tape to something unyielding, twist the tape around a bit and secure it at the far end for a rough-and-ready clothesline.
8. For the walking wounded
In case of emergency, duct tape is strong enough to make a sling for a wounded arm. You should make a bandage for the injured limb using toilet tissue first, and then support it with the duct tape-sling. The next step, of course, is to wait for the emergency services.
7. When style doesn’t matter, but dry feet do
In a fix, duct tape could prevent you from treading water when your boots start leaking. While wrapping your footwear in duct tape may not be too pretty, it is very practical, and it could save a hiking holiday.
6. Have a beer anywhere
Even used duct tape rolls have their use; in this case, as a bottle holder. Indeed, just tape the used roll horizontally to a seat arm and tape up its bottom. Now you can enjoy a drink by the campfire.
5. This is a dress form, not a dress
If you’re needle-handy and want to make clothes for yourself, you can wrap yourself in duct tape to create a dress form to your measurements. It’s also ideal for displaying your dresses, and scaring your neighbors with creepy duct tape mannequins.
4. For lounging around outside
For some thrifty garden chic, look no further than duct tape. Certainly, strips of it can create netting that, when attached to something solid on both ends, will make for an affordable piece of lazy furniture.
3. Christmas is a time for duct tape gift tags
Duct tape comes in all varieties of colors and patterns, so turning some into gift tags is easy, and it adds a personal touch. What’s more, you could afford to give more expensive gifts if you’re saving money on decorating them.
2. When there’s really, really no other options
Some enterprising – if perhaps misguided – men and women have forgone the traditional car roof rack in favor of a duct tape alternative. It seems to have worked in this case, but it’s probably best not to try it at home.
1. For keeping the milk in place
If the shelves in your fridge are not strong or high enough for the milk and juice you undoubtedly keep in the fridge door, then reach for the duct tape. All your fridge-related prayers will be answered.