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25 Uses for Transparent Tape

Updated on September 9, 2013
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.


I enjoy finding uses for different items. If I have to do double duty so do some of the items I use. My Aunt Curt, that's what we called her because we kids had a hard time with her full name, turned me on to some practical uses for several items and one of them is plain old transparent tape. I use transparent tape to remove lint off of my clothes, but she said I was a rookie when it came to finding uses for things, so let Auntie show you the real deal - who could argue with that?

Let's look at 25 uses for transparent tape:

  1. If you are teaching your child to put on their shoes it's a good idea to tape an "R" for right and an "L" for left to the insides of your child's shoes. This guide will help them learn to put their shoes on the correct feet.
  2. A great way to get your child to drink their milk at school is to fill a drinking straw with powdered chocolate or strawberry and tape both ends shut. At lunch your child can remove the tape, empty its contents into their milk, stir, and drink.
  3. If your child has a metal lunch box, tape packaged cookies to the inside of the lunch box lid so heavier items won't crush the cookies.
  4. Before a meal, place a piece of tape with an "X" on it where you would like your child to place their drinking glass. This should help to reduce spills.
  5. If you don't want permanent damage to your door frame, place a piece of tape on it before marking off your child's height.
  6. If your child gets chewing gum stuck to the bottom of their shoes, cover the gum with a piece of tape to keep your child's shoes from sticking to the floor or carpet until you have time to scrape the gum off.
  7. If there are several cars in your family and you drive them all, place a piece of transparent tape on the dashboard on the side where the gas tank is located. This will tell you what side the gas tank is on.
  8. When traveling, tape a pair of earrings together to keep them from being separated. This is good if you have a pair of studs.
  9. Ever need a pen while in your car? Tape a pen on the dashboard, you might need a heavier duty tape for this.
  10. I have a pass to a state park, and instead of using the adhesive on the back of the pass to secure it to my windshield, I tape it on because it's easier to remove.
  11. Ever had a hard time finding your car in a large parking lot? Tape a flag or pennant to your car's antenna with transparent tape. You'll locate your car faster.
  12. I have several keys on my key chain, so I wrapped the top of my house key with tape so I can feel the correct key, especially when there is not enough light.
  13. Before you begin to grocery shop, tape your grocery list to the shopping cart handle so both of your hands will be free and you won't drop your list.
  14. If transporting salt and pepper shakers, place a piece of tape over the holes. If refilling salt and pepper shakers place a piece of tape over the holes so salt and pepper won't spill out.
  15. Before removing a cold light bulb from its socket, place a strip of tape around it. This will help prevent breakage during removal and disposal.
  16. Keep from losing loose screws, nuts, and bolts during home repairs by placing them directly on a piece of tape.
  17. Do you have marching insects? Pick up a line of marching insects with a piece of tape laid right over them.
  18. Want to attract more birds to your yard in Spring? Make a quick and easy bird feeder by wrapping a piece of tape, sticky side out, around a tree branch and press birdseed into the tape.
  19. Sprinkle seeds on a piece of waxed paper, then take a strip of tape and place it over the seeds to make your own "seed-tape." Bury the tape in the garden and you will have straight rows growing with very little effort.
  20. Cover your shirt or blouse labels with tape so they won't irritate your neck.
  21. Repair frayed ends of shoelaces by wrapping tape around the lace's ends.
  22. Ladies, protect the heels of your favorite pumps by wrapping the heels with tape so they won't get scratched.
  23. Cover your prescription drug labels with transparent tape to prevent them from being smeared by their liquid contents or by your wet hands.
  24. Secure small bundles of fresh herbs to your cutting board with a piece of tape to make them easier to chop.
  25. Place tape over your address label and attach it securely to the bottom of your dish before taking a casserole to a church or potluck dinner. This way, you should get your own dish back.


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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Sunshine625, the birdseed tape works really well. Thanks

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Who would have thought there were so many ways to use transparent tape! I do most of them, but the other ways are superb! I love the idea of birdseed. My area birds will thank you for that!:)

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi cclitgirl, thanks. I use idea #12 for my house key.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      These are really neat tips! I'm going to have to bookmark this hub so I can remember these. :)

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi robschwenck, try a patent on that seed-tape and let me know how it goes. SMILE!

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Pixienot, Thanks. My Aunt Curt lived in Queens, NY and had an indoor garden in her apartment. I used to wonder how she had semi-straight rows of herbs. LOL!

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      robschwenck 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Wow, I feel like there's a business opportunity in that seed tape idea. It'd have to be biodegradable material, but a seed company might pay good money for a license to the patent.

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Kristine, I really enjoyed your hub. My favorite idea was the bug tape. I'd never heard of that. The second favorite was the seed rows! I love my garden.

      Thank you so much!

      Voted up and useful. Well written.