A World War II invention, duct tape has a wide range of both weird and clever uses. These are some of our favorites.
#1 Wart Removal
Research suggests that using regular gray duct tape can help in the removal of warts. What you need to do is cover your warts with duct tape every day for six days, and then on the seventh day soak your warts in warm water. Finally, exfoliate them with a pumice stone or emery board. Do this for up to two months and you could be saying bye bye warts.
#2 Keep Socks from Slipping on Wooden and Tile Floors
Sliding around in your socks on wood and tile floors can be great fun until you slip and end up with a bad sprain, or even worse a broken bone. Eliminate the slip and slide by simply attaching a strip of duct tape to the bottom of each sock, creating a non-slip sole.
#3 Duct Tape Shoes
Make your own duct tape shoes. Use original gray color duct tape or snazz them up using other colors.
#4 Poor Man’s Hammock
You really want a hammock to relax in, but funds are low. Get some duct tape, a couple of slats of wood and make your own. You’ll be relaxing under that shady tree in no time.
#5 Roof Rack for your Car
Who needs an expensive luggage rack? Am I the only one thinking ‘Beverly Hillbillies’? 🙂
#6 Lint Removal Tool
You’re heading out the door for a night on the town, and you notice lint on your outfit. With the lint brush nowhere to be found, wrap your hand with a length of duct tape, sticky side out. Then simply roll the sticky tape against your clothing in a rocking motion until every piece of lint has been picked up.
#7 Repair Your Refrigerator
Fridges suffer a lot of wear and tear. I don’t know about your fridge, but I’m always breaking some piece of plastic in mine. Duct tape is your hero when it comes to keeping the fridge in one piece.
#8 Make a Temporary Bandage
You’ve scraped yourself, and you have no bandages. Protect that scrape with duct tape, until you can get the real thing. Simply cover the wound with tissue paper or paper towel, and then cover that with the duct tape. It’s not very attractive, but works in a pinch.
#9 Prevent Scuff Marks
Nobody wants their expensive wooden floors ruined by chair wheels. Just wrap them in duct tape, and you’re all set to roll and roll with no chance of the slightest scuff.
#10 Known to Save Lives in Space
Duct tape wasn’t the only thing that helped save the Apollo 13 mission, but it definitely played a pivotal role. It is now mandatory equipment on all space launches.
#11 Replace lawn chair webbing on your lawn chairs
Summertime is here, and when you go bring out the lawn furniture you discover that the webbing on your favorite backyard chair is hanging it tatters. Don’t throw that chair out. Use colorful duct tape yo make a great, sturdy replacement webbing. Cut strips twice as long as you need. Next, double the tape with the sticky sides together, so that you have backing facing out on both sides. Finally, screw it in place with the screws on the chair. Your favorite lawn chair is as good as new!
#12 Keep Ammunition Water Free
Duct tape was invented in World War II primarily to keep soldier’s ammunition sealed and water free. However, soldiers quickly realized that it could be used for so much more. Before long they were using it to repair everything from airplanes to firearms.
Do you have a favorite use for duct tape? Leave it in the comments below.