Genius Duct Tape Hacks You Should Know

When everything else fails, there’s duct tape. Dependable and resilient, duct tape is the solution to hundreds of problems. Because it’s waterproof, versatile, and easy to apply, it’s a go-to tool in every workshop, kitchen drawer, glove compartment, and first aid kit. 

Here are 19 genius duct tape hacks everyone should know. 

 1. Use it to open stubborn lids.

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If you need to open a stubborn jar and your hands are too slippery, it can be hard to grasp the lid. Next time use duct tape! It’s sticky enough to grab onto the lid but not so sticky that it will leave residue on your hands. 

This works incredibly well with plastic containers with narrow lids that are hard to grasp because they’re slippery. Make sure to use sturdy duct tape, not the plastic-y imitations you find in home improvement stores.

2. Slip-proof your shoes.

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Duct tape is not just for fixing things anymore. It can also be used as a simple and effective way to prevent your shoes from slipping on slick surfaces, like tile floors or boat decks. 

All you have to do is wrap some duct tape around each shoe’s bottom, ensuring there are no gaps in between, and voila! You have yourself a slip-free shoe! This should work wonders to prevent your feet from getting injured during workouts or daily activities.

3. Make your own stencils for DIY shirts!

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If you are crafty, you have probably considered making your own stencils for DIY projects. But if you don’t have the money to buy fancy stencil kits and want to do it yourself, here is a cheap alternative: duct tape!

You can use it to create your own stencils for DIY shirts — or even add some fun accents to an existing one! Why stop at t-shirts? You could even use duct tape stencils to add flair to an old pair of jeans.