11 Surprising Uses for Duct Tape


What’s one tool you can always find aboard a space shuttle — that you likely also have in your home? Duct tape! This sturdy, reliable tape, originally called “duck tape” when it was first manufactured in early 20th century, has a number of great uses. We may not be astronauts, but duct tape is just as useful around the house. Click through to check out some great ways to use duct tape.

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1. Easily Organize Your Pantry. Place a strip of duct tape onto jars and write on them with sharpie to note what they are. You can organize kitchen cupboards this way, too, by sectioning off different shelves with duct tape labels.

2. Safely Dispose of Knives. Kitchen knives don’t last forever. If you’re going to donate them or throw them out, carefully wrap the edges with duct tape before wrapping in bubble wrap. The workers or volunteers will thank you, and the knives won’t rip up trash bags.

3. Remove Tape Residue. Want to get rid of that tape residue? The answer to your problem is, amazingly enough, tape! Place duct tape over the affected area and remove. Easy!

4. Safely Remove Broken Windows You’ve probably heard the one about taping a big “X” on windows to prevent them from breaking during a storm. That same principle applies when you’re removing an already broken window — carefully tape a big “X” onto the broken window to prevent shards from cutting you during the process.

5. Make a Permanent Ink Remover. Stubborn permanent ink stains be gone! Turn an old marker into an ink remover with the help of some nail polish remover. Check out more detailed instructionshere.

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Easy Fixes.

6. Repair Trash Cans. No need to toss out that cracked trash can — simply mend the cracks with some duct tape.

7. Quick Fix a Screen. Cover a tear in a window or door screen with duct tape.

8. Don’t Toss Out That Broken Vacuum! When the plastic hose on your vacuum cracks or splits, simply repair it with duct tape.

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9. Get Rid of Warts. Though it may sound crazy, duct tape is actually very helpful –and doctor approved — for removing warts. Keep a piece of tape on your wart for about a week. Then, remove the tape, soak the area in warm water, rinse, and air dry. It really works!

10. Insulate Your Winter Boots. It always seems like, no matter how thick and cozy my shoes and socks are, my feet are still freezing in the winter. Add some extra protection by lining the insides of your boots with duct tape, silver side up.

11. Use on an Injury in a Pinch. No one wants to get hurt with few supplies on hand to deal with it. Wrap a paper towel around the injury, and cover with duct tape. Get professional help, too!

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Sonia M
Sonia M5 months ago

Good article with useful tips thanks for sharing

Kathy Perez
Kathy J4 years ago

I like duct tape, but gee does it look tacky

Hello G.
Hello G4 years ago


Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

This is a great product with so many uses.

Kay M.
Kay M4 years ago

nothing surprises me after seeing mythbusters.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna P4 years ago

Thank you! It works well on a vacuum hose. (P, T)

Fred Krohn
Fred K4 years ago

'Duct tape' tends to be short lived; it's excellent for very temporary use but should not actually be use for permanent construction like sealing forced-air ducts. They make foil tape for that. 'Gaffer tape' is a much longer lived cloth back tape, named for its use as makeshift cable protection in music concerts and theatre by 'gaffers', the stage hands responsible for setting up the concert electronics. Gaffer tape is also much more weather resistant than duct tape.

Teresa Fonseca
Teresa Fonseca4 years ago


Jane Ketterman
Jane K4 years ago

duct tape is awesome and comes in some pretty cool colors and prints these days...who would have thought lol

Lady Kaira
None N4 years ago