Make Better Use of Masking Tape

A roll of masking tape can help you do more than you think -- here are some helpful uses.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Label foods and school supplies
You don’t need to buy labels or a fancy machine that makes them. Use inexpensive masking tape instead to mark food containers and freezer bags before putting them in the refrigerator or freezer, and don’t forget to write the date! You can also use masking tape to conveniently mark kids’ schoolbooks and supplies.

Fix a broken umbrella ribbon
If a strong wind breaks a rib on your umbrella, it’s easy to fix it. Use a piece of masking tape and a length of wire cut from a coat hanger to make a splint.

Reuse a vacuum cleaner bag
Save money by using a vacuum cleaner bag twice. Here’s how: After the bag is full the first time, do not empty it the usual way through the hole in front. Take out the bag and cut a slit down the middle of the back. After you empty the bag, hold the cut edges together, fold them closed, and seal them with masking tape. Your bag is ready to be used again. Take care not to overfill during the second use.

Hang party streamers
Use masking tape instead of transparent tape to put up streamers and balloons for your next party. The masking tape won’t leave a residue on the wall like transparent tape does. Always remember to remove the masking tape within a day or two. If you wait too long, it could take paint off the wall when it comes off.

Keep paint can neat
To prevent paint from filling the groove at the top of a paint can, simply cover the rim of the can with masking tape.