Not your average tape: 5 tricks using duct tape
If the worst comes to the worst and you desperately need to attach or repair something, there is nothing better than duct tape, also known as Duck Tape. It's a pretty good bet this strong tape has helped you out of a fix before. No wonder people say, "Duct tape holds the world together." Here are a couple of tricks that show how versatile and useful it can be.
1. As a lint remover
Getting lint on your favorite jacket is very annoying regardless of whether you're on your way to an appointment or you're getting ready to paint the town red. If you don't have a lint remover at hand in such a situation, you'll want to know about this awesome trick. Using duct tape, you can make a lint remover all by yourself. Simply take a a cylindrical pipe or, if possible, a clean paint roller. Now wrap the duct tape around it with the adhesive side facing outward. Now you can roll over your lint-covered clothing with your lint remover. Lint, crumbs and hairs stand no chance anymore. To use it again, just wrap another layer of duct tape around it.
2. Furniture cups
If you have hardwood floors at home, you'll be familiar with this situation: If you don't pay close attention or accidentally push a piece of furniture and cause it to rub against the floor, you wind up with some long, ugly scratches in the wood. Felt coasters and furniture cups can be a great help in such instances. But if you want to move just one piece of furniture and you don't have any felt coasters or furniture cups at hand, duct tape can be a great substitute. Just tear off a small corner, fold it twice if necessary and attach it underneath the wooden leg.
3. As a luggage marker
When traveling, things can get really hectic and it's easy to lose track of your belongings. Especially when you're trying to catch a train or just want to get out of the airport, it can happen quickly: you accidentally take the wrong piece of luggage. It's often the case that the many pieces of luggage on the conveyor belt look awfully similar to one another. But there is a simple solution for this problem: Simply duct tape a large "X" in a color of your choice onto your luggage. It stays on well, but can also be easily removed.
4. As a portable, foldable drinking cup
That's right, you can make your own reusable portable cup from duct tape. To do so, first wrap the tape around a bottle with the adhesive side facing outward (this is important otherwise you won't be able to get it off)...
Repeat the process on the bottom of the bottle...
Now wrap duct tape on the strips of tape you've already laid to cover the adhesive surface and seal any cracks.
Now remove the whole thing from the bottle and you have a practical receptacle that stays together and fits in almost every pocket.
5. On a dustpan
Often it is difficult to get rid of all the dirt you sweep away. Usually the problem is the little gap that remains between the dustpan and the floor. Attaching a little bit of duct tape on the edge helps in this case.
Now you can sweep away everything easily. Afterwards you can remove the duct tape very simply.
So there you have it. Duct tape is not just a handy repair kit, it's also a big help in your everyday life. And we're sure you'll come up with plenty of other uses too!